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With Smith gone, a Bears era ends

We look back at the nine-year run of former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, the team's most successful coach since Mike Ditka.

In 1992, the front office of the Chicago Bears made a highly questionable decision, firing head coach Mike Ditka after 11 seasons with the organization. The club was coming off a 5-11 campaign, only the second losing season of Ditka's tenure. Thus began a dark age for Bears football. The next six years fell under the reign of Dave Wannstedt, who made the playoffs just once. Dick Jauron was next...

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