The epitaph for Lovie Smith’s tenure as head coach of the Bears could read, “He couldn’t fix the offense.”
For all the good things Smith did in his nine years in Chicago, his undoing was his inability to take care of the side of the ball in which he had no background.
The Bears fired Smith on Monday after a 10-6 season. They started 7-1 but fell apart down the stretch, mostly because they couldn’t score.
Some Bears players took the news hard. Devin Hester, who blamed media and fans for Smith’s firing, was visibly crushed as he cleaned out his locker at Halas Hall following a brief team meeting in which Smith addressed his players.