Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • Mark Jackson fired, Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer
  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
  • Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Maurice Cheeks, Detroit Pistons
  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears went 10-6 in the 2012 season, but failed to make the playoffs. It was enough for management to fire coach Lovie Smith, to the huge surprise of Bears players, one of whom — Brian Urlacher — said the following to ESPN: “You win 10 games....we didn’t finish up the way we wanted to. It’s just tough for me to really figure out right now. But Lovie is a great coach and I’m sure he’ll get hired pretty quick.” Smith led the Bears to the Super Bowl in the 2006-07 season and posted an 81-63 eight-year record in Chicago. Where's the love?

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