Bears center Olin Kreutz will become a free-agent. But the veteran didn't mask what he thinks of coach Lovie Smith, who's contract will expire after the 2011 season.
"If they don't give Lovie a contract, that's just ignorant," Kreutz told the Sun-Times. "He's proven he's one of the best coaches in the NFL.
"That's obvious. He's a hell of a man. You can't say enough about him. This team fought all year, and I know it's cliché, but we did more than anyone thought we could do."
Despite the disappointing 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game, Kreutz said the 2010 season was a success, albeit an empty one.
"The NFC championship. But our main goal is the Super Bowl, and if you don't win it, then you're just one of the other 31 teams," he said.
"It will sit with you. Every team that doesn't win the Super Bowl, it sits with you the whole year. This will sit with you until we get to play another game."
Whether Kreutz plays another game for the Bears is unclear. Kreutz, 33, is set to be a free agent.
"That's not my call. I'll keep trying to play," Kreutz said. "I've said a million times: when you're not good enough, the NFL will let you know. So if no one wants me, I'll retire. If someone wants me, I'll play."