Jan 2, 2013 00:11 Bears fire Lovie Smith as coach Bears fire Lovie Smith as coach In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 photo, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith stands on the sidelines before the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. The Chicago Bears fired Smith after nine seasons on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, parting ways with a coach who led them to a Super Bowl but also oversaw late collapses the past two seasons. The dismissal with one year left on his contract comes after Chicago missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) The Associated Press Jan. 02, 2013 Comments Smith was informed of the decision by general manager Phil Emery on Monday, a day after the Bears beat Detroit to finish 10-6 but still missed out on a playoff spot. Smith led the Bears to a Super Bowl, but also saw his team collapse in the second half of the past two seasons. Hired in 2004, Smith led the Bears to three division titles, two NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance in his nine seasons. His record is 81-63. The Bears scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss the move.