Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka called coach Lovie Smith's firing "ridiculous" after the team's 10-6 season.
"You find out as you get through life if you're a coach there's a good chance some day you might be fired, and there's no loyalty," Ditka said.
The former Bears coach, who was fired by the organization after the 1992 season, famously saying "This, too, shall pass" after his dismissal, said Smith easily will find another NFL head-coaching gig.
While Ditka blasted the decision, he said the Bears have the right to do what they deem is in their best interest.
"The people who own the ball and bat -- they've got a right to call the game," Ditka said. "So, if they want to fire someone, they fire them."
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