Source: Lovie Smith prepared to sit

  • Michael C. Wright [ARCHIVE]
  • ESPNChicago.com | January 16, 2013

If former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith fails to land a head-coaching job elsewhere, he's prepared to sit out the 2013 season because he's not interested in any of the coordinator jobs, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Smith interviewed for head-coaching jobs in Philadelphia, San Diego and Buffalo, but each of those teams selected other candidates.

The only other two coaching vacancies are in Arizona and Jacksonville.

An NFL source recently said that Smith's name hadn't come up during any discussions for the opening with the Jaguars.

Fired by the Bears on Dec. 31 after a 10-6 season, Smith was set to receive a reported salary of $5 million in 2013, which will be paid to him if he sits out the upcoming season.

Smith won three division championships and led the Bears to two NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance. Smith finished his career with the Bears with a record of 81-63.

Bears general manager Phil Emery cited missing the playoffs in five of the past six years and inconsistency on offense as the reasons behind firing Smith.

The Bears hired former CFL head coach Marc Trestman to replace Smith on Wednesday.

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