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Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has decided to take a one-year hiatus from the NFL after being fired from the team at the end of 2012.
He was the coach for nine seasons and compiled a record of 84-66—including three NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance where he lost to Tony Dungee and the Indianapolis Colts.
History was made when two African-American head coaches led two teams into the Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints have vacant positions at defensive coordinator, but Smith was not interested in those endeavors.
Empty rumors storm around whether Smith is waiting for another head coaching job or not, but the lack of head coaching jobs could be his reasoning for the hiatus.
His counterpart, Andy Reid, found a head-coaching job immediately, in Kansas City, after a losing season in Philadelphia.
The 56-years-old hopes to return to the NFL in the year 2014. Smith is three months younger than Jeff Fischer, head coach of the St. Louis Rams. Fischer took a year off from coaching and returned to the NFL in 2012.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was not happy that the team fired head coach Lovie Smith. Last week, he spoke to USA TODAY Sports on behalf of New Era’s “Speak With Your Caps” campaign saying,
“I was upset and hurt but it’s business…That was the decision the organization made and that’s the decision we have to live with.”