Smith Survives Housecleaning by the Bears

Now Angelo is out. Coach Lovie Smith, however, will remain. Angelo was fired Tuesday after a team collapse marked by injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte and a drug scandal involving receiver Sam Hurd.

Angelo had been on the job 11 years, but the Bears called for change after an 8-8 season. A questionable draft record and an inability to fill big holes, particularly on offense, led to his ouster.

The Bears also confirmed that the offensive coordinator Mike Martz and the quarterbacks coach Shane Day would not be back.

REID IS RETURNING Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles’ chairman, said Coach Andy Reid would return for his 14th season in Philadelphia, though he left open the possibility for changes on the coaching staff.

The Eagles (8-8) were strong favorites to reach the Super Bowl after winning the N.F.C. East title last year and adding several accomplished players in the off-season.

But they started 1-4 and were 4-8 before closing with four wins against nonplayoff teams.

FISHER TALKS TO DOLPHINS Jeff Fisher interviewed for the Dolphins’ coaching job and is thought to be Miami’s top choice. But competition from other teams may be fierce. Tampa Bay and St. Louis fired their coaches Monday, increasing to five the number of such vacancies.

TURNER STAYS The San Diego Chargers’ president, Dean Spanos, has decided to keep Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A. J. Smith despite the 8-8 team’s missing the playoffs for the second straight season. If the Chargers had had one more win, they would have earned the A.F.C. West title.

VIKINGS PROMOTE SPIELMAN Minnesota elevated Rick Spielman to general manager, the first move in what will be a key off season toward reviving a team that matched the worst record in franchise history at 3-13. Spielman was promoted from vice president for player personnel. He will now have final authority over all roster decisions.

 

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