Like most football fans, Bears coach Lovie Smith pays attention to the day after the regular-season finale around the league, otherwise known as “Black Monday”.
It’s a day when several head coaches meet with owners of the team’s they lead to discuss their fates. In many cases coaches and staffs are fired, which is a life Smith has grown accustomed to as an NFL coach, but won’t have to experience firsthand after leading the Bears to their third postseason appearance during his tenure.
“You’re not happy about that. In any profession, you’re not happy about anyone losing their jobs; anyone with a family, providing for their family, losing their job,” Smith said. “But in our profession, we realize what’s at stake when we come in. It’s pretty simple. It’s about wins and losses. In the end, it comes down to that, and we all realize that.”
The NFL Coach of the Year in 2005 -- and a likely candidate for the honor this season -- Smith is 63-49 in seven seasons with the Bears. He has led the Bears three division championships and has won 11 or more games three times.
Smith’s three seasons with 11 or more wins since 2005 ranks as fifth best in the NFL over the past six years.
“There will be some good football coaches who will lose their jobs, but there’ll be good football coaches that’ll get other jobs, too,” Smith said. “To make it this far and be leading an NFL franchise, it’s saying quite a bit about yourself. That’s part of the profession, the business, and we know it.”