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Out with the old

If they want to improve, Bears need to part ways with Smith and mediocrity

Updated: December 31, 2009, 1:18 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears are stuck between a rock and a Lovie. They are so mind-numbingly mediocre that it's almost impossible to figure out who's to blame for this latest in a trilogy of lost Bears seasons.

Is it their charisma-challenged coach, Lovie Smith, who has been living off that 2006 Super Bowl appearance (and loss) for years? Smith did the impossible: He reached a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman and missed the playoffs with Jay Cutler. Smith's Bears wouldn't recognize the postseason ...

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