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NFL Chicago Bears Fire Coach Following Another Losing Season - 2003-12-29

Less than 24 hours after the National Football League regular season came to an end, the Chicago Bears fired head coach Dick Jauron on Monday morning.

The Bears finished the year with seven win and nine losses and went 35-46 in Jauron's five seasons, including 0-1 in the postseason. Sources said that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo made the decision to replace Jauron weeks ago and that Chicago's late-season surge did not sway him.

Several other coaches are also expected to lose their jobs this week. Among those on the hot seat, Dave McGinnis of the Arizona Cardinals. After going 4-12 this year, the Cardinals have won just 17 and lost 40 since McGinnis took over the club in the middle of the 2000 season. Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green is considered a top candidate for the job.

In Buffalo, the Bills are expected to dump Gregg Williams after three seasons in which he went 17-31. Sources also say Bill Callahan will be fired by the Oakland Raiders after two seasons. The Raiders finished with a four win and 12 loss season after playing in the Super Bowl earlier this year.

Miami coach Dave Wannstedt, who was thought to be in jeopardy, will reportedly sign a contract extension to stay with the Dolphins.