BEARS FANS were fed up and so was the team's matriarch.
Chicago was among the NFL teams making changes yesterday - the day after the end of the regular season - firing general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman after missing the playoffs for the seventh time in 8 years.
Also, the New York Jets fired coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik and the Atlanta Falcons fired coach Mike Smith. And Jim Harbaugh, who had a mutual parting with the 49ers a day earlier, reportedly will be introduced as Michigan's coach today.
Trestman is out after going 13-19 in two seasons while Emery lasted just 3 years. The Bears went 5-11 this year as quarterback Jay Cutler and the offense struggled mightily.
"We expect excellence," chairman George McCaskey said.
What they got was something different, and even McCaskey's mother, Virginia, had enough.
"She's [ticked] off," George McCaskey said after a pause when asked about his mother. "I can't think of a 91-year-old woman that that description would apply to, but in this case, I can't think of a more accurate description. She's been on this Earth for eight of the Bears' nine championships, and she wants more. She feels that it's been too long since the last one, and that dissatisfaction is shared by her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She's fed up with mediocrity. She feels that she and Bears fans everywhere deserve better."
The Bears also fired offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is still officially under contract, although he is expected to be let go.
Emery's decision to replace Lovie Smith with Trestman - who seemed overmatched in his first NFL head-coaching job after winning two titles with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes - backfired. The fact that the man he passed over for the job, Bruce Arians, led Arizona to the playoffs made it even worse.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was tired of all the losing, the four straight seasons without going to the playoffs, including a 4-12 record this year.
"We're in the win business, and we're not winning," Johnson said.
The Jets are scheduled to meet with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn - a former New York assistant - in Seattle on Saturday for the coaching position.
Ryan was 50-52, including 4-2 in the postseason, in his six seasons with the Jets, two of which ended in the AFC title game.
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job. Owner Arthur Blank said he fired Smith because in his "heart of hearts" he didn't believe Smith could take the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Smith's firing came one day after the end of his second straight losing season, capped by Sunday's ugly 34-3 loss to Carolina before booing fans at the Georgia Dome. Smith's 66 wins in seven seasons are the most for any Falcons coach.Blank said more changes could come.
The Falcons hired former Eagles executive Joe Banner as a consultant.
San Francisco CEO Jed York said is tired of the legal troubles involving his team, hinting that the standards slipped under Harbaugh while pointing the blame at everybody involved, including himself. The 49ers had 10 arrests involving six players since January 2012, most in the NFL.
Harbaugh, meanwhile, was long gone already and poised to be formally introduced by his alma mater, Michigan. He didn't return messages seeking comment as photos emerged of him arriving in Detroit.