Bears go cold on Rivera
The Chicago Bears decide against renewing the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2007 11:30 GMT

Down the Rivera? [GALLO/GETTY]

The fall out from the Chicago Bears defeat in Super Bowl 41 continues to be felt as the club decided not to renew the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

The decision came despite the Bears having the top defence in the NFL's National Conference allowing an average of 15.9 points per game.
Rivera had interviewed unsuccessfully for top coaching posts in Dallas and San Diego.

The Bears have also yet to agree to a new contract for coach Lovie Smith, the first black coach to qualify for the Super Bowl.

Rivera made $500,000 last season while Smith was the NFL's lowest-paid coach last season with a salary of $1.35 million.

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