Jay Cutler said he was sorry he couldn't help Lovie Smith and the Bears' offense more after learning of his head coach's firing.
The Bears have ousted Lovie Smith as head coach, ending a tenure that included a Super Bowl appearance, but also significant disappointments, including one playoff appearance in the last six seasons.
Lovie Smith's nine-year tenure as Bears head coach ended Monday when he was fired after his team failed to make the postseason for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
Lovie Smith is out after nine seasons with the Bears. Chicago has made the playoffs just one time the last six seasons under Smith.
The Bears are done after missing out on the playoffs, but general manager Phil Emery's work is just beginning.
Phil Emery has important questions that must be answered regarding the future of the Bears. The answers will be coming shortly.
With the Bears missing out on the 2012 playoffs, it's time to look ahead to 2013, and it's not good news for the Monsters of the Midway, facing off against five playoff teams, including two division rivals.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers 37-34 Sunday afternoon to claim the final NFC playoff spot, sending the Bears home despite a 10-6 record.
The Bears' defense got back to doing what it does best: forcing turnovers. Matthew Stafford put up solid numbers but did it on 42 passing attempts, and had two turnovers in the loss.