The Chicago Bears have officially named the team “The Chicago Bears” after their final preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The team also announced on Tuesday that former player and Bears coach Lovie Smith was joining the team as head coach.
Smith has spent most of his career with the Greenbay Packers and was their defensive coordinator during their Super Bowl XLVII championship win in 2013.
He’s also been the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bears have lost three games in the past four weeks, including two in which they were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.
On Monday, the team was forced to play without star linebacker Matt Forte, who was sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
“This is a tremendous feeling to finally be able to play in this environment,” Smith said in a statement released by the Bears.
“I am proud to lead this organization into the future.
I am also extremely grateful for the opportunities this organization has given me to share the game with fans around the country and to play with my family.””
I want to thank the Chicago Bears, our fans, our coaches and players, and all the members of our team for all of their support throughout the season and into this future,” Forte said in the statement.
“This is the best I have been able to do, and I am truly thankful for all that has been done for me and my family in the weeks since.”