Will Emery Listen to Fans?

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It's on you now, Phil Emery.

The time has come to show us what's rattling around inside that mysterious mind of yours.

Presumably as Bears general manager you have the authority to fire or retain head coach Lovie Smith.

So what will it be now that the Bears were eliminated from the playoff race Sunday?

Will you weigh more heavily that the Bears won their season finale 26-24 at Detroit to finish with a respectable 10-6 record?

Or will it be that under Smith the Bears failed to qualify for the postseason in a frustrating five of the past six seasons?

Smith will calculate for you that the Bears were in the playoffs one of the past three seasons. He'll also attempt to con you into believing that the victory over the Lions already establishes the Bears' record at 1-0 for the 2013 season.

Tradition screams that Smith will try to convince you that the Bears couldn't have fallen off the playoff cliff because the world is flat.

Seriously, Smith will concoct all sorts of convoluted cockamamie in an effort to coach the Bears again next season and maybe even coax a contract extension.

It will work, sir, if you really are Lovie-Dovey with Smith, as you have professed to be since arriving here last winter.

Perhaps you haven't been in town long enough to understand Chicagoese, which translated says Smith has plunged from not beloved to not welcome.

That brings us to the real question: Can you ignore what a huge chunk of Bears fans have been trying to tell you?

After nine seasons they're tired of Lovie Smith. He's barely bearable when the Bears make the playoffs and unbearable when they don't.

So, Mr. …