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The news broke, as it does these days, on Twitter.
First, that Lovie was out.
Second, that before the Bears had even made the announcement - still hadn't as of 10:30 a.m. - word leaked out this way:
Whoa: Bears have sent out consent forms requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012
Let's see what various Chicago personalities are saying.
The state rep.
Cutler on his radio show doesn't sound at all like a guy who's upset he is getting a new head coach.#bears— Michael J. Zalewski (@mjzalewski) December 31, 2012
The county commissioner.
Can't feel bad for Lovie who still stands to make $5.5 million from the Bears. I would've not taken the Bears to the playoffs for 1/2 that.— John Fritchey (@johnfritchey) December 31, 2012
The newspaper troll.
What does everyone think about the Bears firing Lovie Smith? trib.in/UhbfPz— Scott Kleinberg (@scottkleinberg) December 31, 2012
True Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith just got fired? Is that good? Who should we hire?— Billy Dec(@BillyDec) December 31, 2012
The former Bear.
The public radio reporter.
The sports broadcast personality.
Tremendously well connected source tells me this AM that even had GB won Smith would have been fired if Bears did not make deep playoff run— David Kaplan (@thekapman) December 31, 2012
The beat writer.
Fair to say that Ted Phillips' decision to make Phil Emery work with Lovie Smith has set the organization back 1 year.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 31, 2012
The Fox Sports "reporter."
Just got a call from Lovie Smith conforming what is out there. Obviously he's disappointed— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 31, 2012
The sports radio reporter.
Safe to say that most of the veterans in the Bears locker room are not happy about the decision to fire Lovie Smith.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 31, 2012
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