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Lovie Smith
Date of birth May 8, 1958 (age 48)
Place of birth Flag of United States Gladewater, Texas
Position(s) Head Coach
College Tulsa
Career Highlights
Awards AP NFL COY (2005)
PFW NFL COY (2005)
Career Record 31-21-0 (Including 2-2
in the Postseason)
Championships
      Won
2006 NFC Championship
Stats
Coaching Stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching Stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1980

1981-1982

1983-1986

1987

1988-1991

1992

1993-1994

1995

1996-2000

2001-2003

2004-present
Big Sandy High School
(defensive coordinator)
Cascia Hall Prep in Tulsa
(head coach)
University of Tulsa
(linebackers coach)
University of Wisconsin
(linebackers coach)
Arizona State University
(linebackers coach)
University of Kentucky
(linebackers coach)
University of Tennessee
(defensive backs coach)
Ohio State University
(defensive backs coach)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(linebackers coach)
St. Louis Rams
(defensive coordinator)
Chicago Bears
(head coach)

Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958 in Gladewater, Texas) is the head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Smith narrowly became the first African American coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl only hours before Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts became the second. Smith has traveled to the Super Bowl twice, as the defensive coordinator for the 2001 Saint Louis Rams and as the head coach for the Chicago Bears in 2006. Image File history File links Padlock. ... Image File history File links 31628299_e1ac888509. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Gladewater is a city located in Texas. ... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public institution of higher education and research with several campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... City St. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gladewater is a city located in Texas. ... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Anthony Kevin Dungy (born October 6, 1955, Jackson, Michigan) is former professional football player and current head coach of the NFLs Indianapolis Colts. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The St. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The Chicago Bears began the 2006 NFL season in hopes of defending their NFC North Championship title, and redefining their offense. ...

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Earlier life

Smith was raised in Big Sandy, Texas. He was named after his great aunt, Lavana. [1]. During Lovie's high school career in Big Sandy, he earned all-state honors for three years; he was a defensive end and linebacker. His team won three state championships as well. Smith was a linebacker and safety at University of Tulsa and was a two-time All-American. Big Sandy is a town located in Upshur County, Texas. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ...


Smith began coaching at his hometown high school in 1980. He coached the Cascia Hall Preparatory School football team in 1981. By 1983, he began coaching linebackers on the college level, first at his alma mater Tulsa (198386), and then at University of Wisconsin (1987), Arizona State University (198891), and the University of Kentucky (1992). He also served as defensive backs coach at the University of Tennessee (199394), and Ohio State University (1995). 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Cascia Hall Preparatory School was established as a Catholic school for boys in 1926 by Francis Driscoll in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the request of Bishop Francis Kelley. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public institution of higher education and research with several campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Media:rofl. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Professional career

Smith began his professional coaching career as a linebacker coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Under the guidance of Tony Dungy, Smith helped develop the Tampa 2. After spending four years with Buccaneers, Smith was hired as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams under head coach Mike Martz. Under Martz, Lovie helped Saint Louis win the 2001 NFC Championship, and advance to Super Bowl XXXVI, where they ultimately lost to the New England Patriots in one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets of all time.[2] A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... Anthony Kevin Dungy (born October 6, 1955, Jackson, Michigan) is former professional football player and current head coach of the NFLs Indianapolis Colts. ... The Tampa 2 is an American football defensive strategy popularized by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League (NFL) team in the 1990s-early 2000s. ... City St. ... Mike Martz (born May 13, 1951, Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. ... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...


The Chicago Bears hired Smith in 2004, following the fall-out of Dick Jauron. He struggled during his first season with the Bears, as a streak of injuries gave the Bears a 5-11 record. Despite their poor offense, the Bears’ defense saw some major improvement, rising from 22nd in 2003 to 13th in 2004. History repeated itself again when Bears’ quarterback Rex Grossman injured his ankle during a preseason and missed a majority of the 2005 season.[3][4] City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Dick Jauron (b. ... Rex Grossman (born August 23, 1980) is an American quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...


The Bears’ dramatic turn around earned Smith national recognition, which culminated with an Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award . After returning to the field following their first round bye, the Bears’ played the Carolina Panthers, with a fully healed Rex Grossman as quarterback. Both the Bears’ offense and defense struggled to keep up with the Panthers, and eventually lost, 29-21. Nevertheless, Smith and the Bears were optimistic about the future.[3] The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Rex Grossman (born August 23, 1980) is an American quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...


Smith and the Bears’ management drew skepticism in April 2006, by trading away their first round pick, and drafting five defensive players.[5] His preseason criticism increased when he named Grossman, who struggled to move the Bears’ offense during the preseason, as the Bears starting quarterback. Nevertheless, Grossman led the Bears’ to seven consecutive victories, but later struggled during the latter portion of the season. Smith stood by Grossman, despite having to endure criticism from many skeptics. The Bears finished the 2006 season with a 13-3 record, earning the NFC’s top playoff seed. The Bears finished the season with the NFL's second scoring offense, and third overall defense.[6] April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Events 1 April 2006 (Saturday) Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ... The 2006 Chicago Bears season was their 87th regular season and 25th post-season completed in the National Football League. ...


Smith coached the Bears to a 27-24 victory against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2006 Divisional Playoffs, winning his first playoff game of his career. Later, a 39-14 victory came against the New Orleans Saints at the NFC Championship. Smith became the first African American head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl, just hours before Tony Dungy, his good friend and mentor, became the second. The friends together became the first two African Americans to head coach a team in the Super Bowl. The Bears lost, and Smith earned the somewhat dubious honor of being the first African American head coach to lose in the Super Bowl.[7][8] City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... City New Orleans, Louisiana Other nicknames Saints Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback Favorite Colts by 7[1] National anthem Billy Joel, ASL performed by Marlee Matlin Coin toss Dan Marino and Norma Hunt[2] Referee Tony Corrente[3] Halftime show Prince and the Florida A&M University...


Personal life

Lovie is an active supporter of the American Diabetes Association (his mother is blind due to diabetes). In addition to participating in various events for the ADA, Smith also donates ten tickets to every Bears’ game to children suffering from diabetes. He and his wife are also the founders of the Lovie and MaryAnne Smith Foundation, a program which donates college tuition funds towards impoverished children.[3] The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


Lovie and MaryAnne Smith have three children. Their names are Mikal, Matthew, and Miles. They also have twin grandsons named Malachi and Noah.[3]


Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CHI 2004 5 11 0 .312 4th in NFC North - - - -
CHI 2005 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Carolina in Divisional Round
CHI 2006 13 3 0 .812 1st in NFC North 2 1 .666 Defeated Seattle in Divisional Playofff
Defeated New Orleans in Conference Final

Lost to Indy in Super Bowl XLI
Total 29 19 0 .604 2 2 .500
Overall Total 31 21 0 .596 NFL Championships (0)

City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... The National Football League playoffs following the 2005 regular season led up to Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, February 5, 2006. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The 2006 NFL season is the 87th season of the National Football League, the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... The National Football League playoffs for the 2006 season will lead up to Super Bowl XLI, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4, 2007. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Other nicknames Saints Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970... The National Football League playoffs for the 2006 season will lead up to Super Bowl XLI, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4, 2007. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002... The National Football League playoffs for the 2006 season will lead up to Super Bowl XLI, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4, 2007. ...

References

  1. ^ Soft-spoken guy named Lovie is perfect fit for Bears
  2. ^ Biggest Super Bowl Upsets: Will The Hawks Join This List?
  3. ^ a b c d Coach - Chicago Bears (English).
  4. ^ Lovie Smith coaching record
  5. ^ Ask David Haugh
  6. ^ 2006 Chicago Bears statistics
  7. ^ Super comeback: Colts rally to stun Patriots
  8. ^ Lovie Smith feels blessed after win, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 01/22/2007

External links

  • Official Bears Profile
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St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinator
2001-2003
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NFL Coach of the Year Award
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Whisenhunt (Arizona) • Petrino (Atlanta) • Fox (Carolina) • Smith (Chicago) • Vacancy (Dallas) • Marinelli (Detroit) • McCarthy (Green Bay) • Childress (Minnesota) • Payton (New Orleans) • Coughlin (NY Giants) • Reid (Philadelphia) • Nolan (San Francisco) • Holmgren (Seattle) • Linehan (St. Louis) • Gruden (Tampa Bay) • Gibbs (Washington) Dick Jauron (b. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City St. ... Martin Edward Marty Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943) is the current head coach of the San Diego Chargers football team. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... Patrick Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963 in San Mateo, CA) is the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... Ralph Jones is the American football head coach for the NFLs Chicago Bears franchise from 1930-1932. ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... 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Born in Christoval, Texas, Jack Pardee was an All-American linebacker at Texas A&M University, a 2-time All-Pro with the Los Angeles Rams (1963) and Washington Redskins(1971), a 2-time NFL Coach of Year (1976,79), and winner of 87 games in 11 seasons. ... Neill Armstrong (born March 9, 1926) was a former American football player and coach whose career spanned more than 40 years at both the collegiate and professional levels. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Dave Wanny Wannstedt (b. ... Dick Jauron (b. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... Brian Billick (born February 28, 1954 in Fairborn, Ohio) is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the American National Football League. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... Dick Jauron (b. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... Marvin R. Lewis (born September 23, 1958 in McDonald, Pennsylvania,) is the head coach of the National Football Leagues Cincinnati Bengals franchise, a position he has held since January 2003. ... 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City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Orange and Broncos Navy Blue [1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present... Gary Kubiak (born August 15, 1961) is the head coach of the NFLs Houston Texans. ... City Houston, Texas Team colors Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, and Liberty White Head Coach Gary Kubiak Owner Robert C. McNair General manager Rick Smith Mascot Toro League/Conference affiliations National Football League (2002–present) American Football Conference (2002-present) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Houston Texans (2002–present... Anthony Kevin Dungy (born October 6, 1955, Jackson, Michigan) is former professional football player and current head coach of the NFLs Indianapolis Colts. ... 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Lane Kiffin (born May 10, 1975) is the offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California Trojan football team. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970–present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... Mike Tomlin (born March 15, 1972 in Hampton, Virginia), is the head coach of the National Football Leagues Pittsburgh Steelers. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... Martin Edward Marty Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943) is the current head coach of the San Diego Chargers football team. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960... Jeffrey Michael Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is an American football head coach, currently the head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... Ken Whisenhunt (born February 28, 1962, Augusta, GA) is the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach TBA Owner Bill Bidwell General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations Independent (1898-1919) National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Bobby Petrino (born March 10, 1961 in Lewistown, Montana) is the 13th head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, as reported on January 7, 2007. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is the third and current head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Fox, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was raised in San Diego, California after moving there at age 15. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver, Silver-Green, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Rod Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead, California) is the head coach of the Detroit Lions. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... 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Patrick Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963 in San Mateo, CA) is the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Other nicknames Saints Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970... For information on the former Wal-Mart executive, see Tom Coughlin (Wal-Mart). ... For the current season, see 2006 New York Giants season. ... For the football (soccer) player, see Andy Reid (footballer). ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Mike Nolan (born March 7, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the head coach for the National Football Leagues San Francisco 49ers. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946... 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Coach - Chicago Bears (1976 words)
Lovie Smith is in his third season as the head coach of the Chicago Bears after being the 13th man named to that post in team history on January 15, 2004.
Lovie Smith set forth with three stated goals when he was hired as the 13th head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 15, 2004: end the decade of dominance by the Green Bay Packers over the Bears, capture the NFC North Division for Chicago and win the Super Bowl.
Smith was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year for 2005 after becoming the fastest head coach in Bears history to lead the team to a division title, doing so in his second campaign while setting a franchise record for victories by a sophomore head coach with 11.
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Smith, the 2005 NFL coach of the year, led the Bears to a 15-4 record and their first NFC championship in more than two decades last season before they lost 29-17 to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.
Smith was asked Friday, in between questions about a contract impasse that has dominated the off-season and could define next season, why he allowed quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson to return to his home state to work for the Dallas Cowboys when he was still under contract with the Bears.
Despite Smith insisting Monday he was certain a long-term contract agreement will be worked out, his agent told ESPN Wednesday night that the two sides were at a "stalemate" and he expected Smith to become a free agent at the end of the 2007 season.
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