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Chicago Bears fire Coach Lovie Smith; Buffalo fires Chan Gailey

December 31, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Lovie Smith is out as coach of the Bears.
Lovie Smith is out as coach of the Bears. (John Gress / Getty Images )

The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that they have fired Coach Lovie Smith.

And the Buffalo Bills have fired Coach Chan Gailey.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears have sent out consent forms to teams requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates.

The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday when Minnesota beat Green Bay.

The Bills beat the Jets in their finale, 28-9, but finished last in the AFC East at 6-10. Buffalo has yet to announce whether it plans to keep General Manager Buddy Nix, whose acquisition of several high-priced defensive players did not achieve the team’s desired results.

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