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Quitting by degrees?

Bears' coach vacillates on answers for bad season

Updated: December 21, 2009, 10:17 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

To give up or resign; let go; relinquish.

The definition of "quit" has a lot of wiggle room, particularly in sports and especially in football, in which an extraordinary amount of effort and passion, in addition to talent, is required to compete.

Teams have been accused of quitting on their coaches, coaches of losing their teams. At the end of most pro coaching tenures, one of the two possibilities is mentioned, though both sides are highly offended at the very notion, ...

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