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How a Bears coach gets fired

Lovie Smith has plenty in common with his predecessors

Updated: December 14, 2009, 11:38 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

There is no blueprint for firing a head coach. If there were, it would make it a lot easier to predict what will happen to Lovie Smith and a lot less complicated for those doing the firing.

But then, what fun would that be?

Holding Smith up to former Bears' coaches before they were terminated, though not necessarily predictive, does indicate how tolerant the current administration and fans are with a coach who brought the team to just its second Super Bowl in 21 years.

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