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Lovie Smith receives two-year extension through 2013

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Bears general manager Jerry Angelo insisted coach Lovie Smith would get an extension, and the club announced it this morning.

Smith agreed to a two-year extension that keeps him with the Bears through 2013, when Angelo's current contract is set to expire.

"I'm excited for coach Smith and his family," Bears kicker and NFL Players Association representative Robbie Gould said. "His extension is well deserved."

Heading into the 2010 season, Smith was widely believed to be on the proverbial hot seat, because the Bears hadn't reached the postseason in three consecutive seasons after winning the NFC. But the Bears were a surprise team in 2010, winning the NFC North and reaching the NFC title game.

Smith has led the Bears to three NFC North titles. In addition, his 66 wins are third-most in franchise history, training George Halas and Mike Ditka.

The team didn't announce terms of the deal. But Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy recently signed a deal that averaged $5 million a year. Smith's last extension paid him an average of $5.5 million a season.

Even if he accepted a deal for that amount, Smith would remain among the league's highest-paid coaches. Washington's Mike Shanahan is believed to make $7 million a year, and New England's Bill Belichick, Seattle's Pete Carroll and Philadelphia's Andy Reid are among those making at least $6 million a year.

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Certainly not unexpected, but I suspect there will be repeated blog comments bemoaning his retention. I think he deserved it, but he did indeed make a few costly blunders last season. With a good draft, the Bears could be a solid contender next season.
Any chance the Bears will trade up to try and snag Carimi, or are there offensive linemen equally good up the line?

While I don't dislike Lovie, I can't understand WHY? It's truly baffling as to why they would give him an extension with a year remaining... What happened last time he went to the playoffs and got a contract extension? Yep...nothing. The luck and injury free season they had was crazy. I really hope that they can be as healthy next year...or it's going to be another one calling for his head.
It's not like another team was going to scoop him up the second he wasn't under contract... There was no reason to extend him. All this did was give him more room to fail- JUST like last year- if it wasn't for his contract he would have been fired. I don't get it.

According to a Chicago Bears website article, "Smith has led the Bears to division titles and at least 11 wins in three of the last six seasons. The 2005 NFL coach of the year reached the 50-win plateau in 88 career games, faster than coaching legends Bill Parcells (89), Bill Walsh (91), Chuck Noll (94), Bill Belichick (111) and Tom Landry (119)."

How can you contest the fact that Smith is a good football coach who could be great with an improved overall player roster. No other team shut the "high powered" Packers offense down the way the Bears defense did in the last two games the teams played. Most of the people critical of Smith are the same ones who didn't want to see him get the job in the first place.

BTW: The sorry Packers are one of the NFL media darling teams who receive more help from officiating than most other teams in the league. Next to the Patriots. Even the announcers in the Super Bowl were mentioning the obvious offensive & defensive holding plays the Packers were getting away with. Haven't seen that much cheating since the Steelers-Seahawks Super Bowl game that helped Jerome Bettis win his ring.

I think the extension is well deserved. He took a group of players who many expected to fail (I had them at around 6-10) and went to the NFC Championship game. Yes, there was considerable luck, but he shouldn't have to apologize for that. The biggest problem is Angelo. It's impossible for a coach to do ANYTHING without players. I was looking the other day, and most of the playmakers (particularly on D) came out of one incredibly lucky draft. Since then, Angelo has had many, many busts.

This is great news, maybe it's the Morphine Jack Daniels cocktail i v drip but I couldn't be happier. He did make the playoffs once in the last 4 years, that's pratically Jauron like. Why let him finish his contract, after all look at all the teams lining up to get him.

I am not sure which makes me more happy this or the fact that I sold my row 10 section 121 seats to last nights bulls game cause that game sucked.

Creighton, you stole my thunder darn it. But I have to admit, yours is funnier. Here goes anyway: I'm so excited that in honor of Lovie Smith I'm going to take a nap.

All the constant cry baby tear soaked Bear haters should get with negative sour grapes Sun Times columnist Rick Morrissey and start a Chicago version of Packer backers news. That way you can all support a team they really believe strongly in. Real Bear fans won't miss any of you low-down back stabbing blood suckers. You haters will never be happy following the Bears when you are too critical to recognize a competitive team heading in the right direction. In fact, move to Green Bay and hate on the Bears on that city's sorry sports websites! GO BEARS, WIN WIN WIN!!!

We need to lobby the NFL commissioner to host a town hall meeting in Chicago the way he did in Green bay last summer. Maybe the officials will help us win a Super Bowl next year the same way they helped the Packers this past season. How much marketing revenue did the Packers loose when Favre left them???

I was wondering if there was someone on this blog ignorant enough to paste the quote about Lovie vs. the "coaching legends." And Folks, we have a winner. Step forward bearshaters for your free "I'm with stupid" t-shirt. {The arrow on the t-shirt is pointing up towards your face, BTW.} To even dare mention "sleepy" Lovie Smith in the same paragraph as Knoll, Landry, Parcells, or Belichick makes you look the fool.

Landry: Started with an expansion franchise back in the day when the league did nothing to help the new franchise. I don't believe the Bears were a start up franchise in 2004. Lovie beats Landry by 31 games when Landry never won more than 5 in his first 5 years as a coach. WAY TO GO LOVIE!!! Landry wasn't a "copier" like Lovie, but an innovator.

Lovie Beat Walsh by 3 games. Once again, WAY TO GO LOVIE!!! Walsh was probably the games greatest offensive mind and Lovie is a "copier" of Dungy's system.

This is just another "knee jerk" reaction by the wise sage himself, Jerry Angelo. As I stated 2 months ago, Angelo had an "easy out" on this situation. The labor issue. All he had to do was say the following: "With the ongoing unrest in the labor situation the Chicago Bears have put a halt to any contract extensions for Bear's personell. As soon as their is a new CBA, discussions would resume." Jerry has to have some knowledge of the situation and know that, most likely, the March deadline would come and go without a resolution and chances are that this will go long into the late spring/early summer. Angelo should have used any excuse to put this off till the season started. If the Bears start out 6-2/7-1, then you start planning a 2-3 year extension. If they struggle the first 1/3-1/2 of the season then you don't offer the extension.

I also see where people on here are using the term "lucky" when referring to the Bears playing 3rd string QB's this past season. Wow...the Gearheadboy got lambasted for questioning the legitimacy of 7 out of the 16 games this past season with regard to the personell they were playing against, the record of the team they were playing on a certain Sunday in early November, and the reported mind set of a Vikings team that had clearly quit on Childress. As it has been stated above, the odds that the Bears will play 7 of 16 games against 2nd or 3rd string QB's {Carolina, Detroit 2X, Miami, Minnesota} also play a team that is winless after 7 or 8 games {Buffalo}, and a team that has quit on its coach {Minnesota} are astronomical since, to my knowledge, it had never happened before. I never used the term "lucky" when describing the Bears fortune. I just always said that you have to factor that many games into your overall success rating of the team. On top of all the above, the Bears had the playoff "yellow brick road" laid out for them by a 7-9 team. Once again, what are the odds.

If this extension was deserved, then so was his firing after the previous 2 seasons when the team failed miserably and he went through defensive coordinators like Mike goes through latex girlfriends. This extension was not deserved, unless you reward mediocrity. And it is obvious the Bears do.

Good stuff.

I don't think anyone thought this team was going anywhere and to me the extension for Coach Smith is well deserved.

I'm with you Bearshaterstop,,,pay no heed to GiveHeadBoy....what a sad, lonely and sorry individual he must be to have heart so full of hate.

I see you're another one of the internet "tough guys" Hal. Boy, the computer screen was the greatest invention for the coward since mother's skirt. Where did I show hate? See, since guys like you make comments that aren't true, I am guessing it's because you have nothing {but your lips which are pressed against Lovie's and Jerry's backside} to back up your thoughts.

Come on, genius, start laying down the arguments as to why he should have been given an extension after 3 years of garbage and 1 year of beating teams he should have beat. When I see comments by reporters and NFL media who say that this was "Lovies best coaching job" {people like Pompei, so consider the source}, isn't that like saying you're the tallest midget. I would hope that Lovie could beat teams with backup QB's and who were 0-7 when the Bears played them. But, I guess it's like you in your job, Hal. When you're expected to clean 5 toilets and hour and you do 6 one hour, but the previous 10 hours you averaged 3, you run to your boss and demand a raise.

As I have repeated on here several times, it is due {in a very small part} to fans like you that has allowed this team to be as mediocre as they have been over the past 25 years. Real fans aren't A** kissers with a 25 dollar "Butkus" long sleeve t-shirt made to look like an old jersey stretched over their fat gut walking around saying "da" before every other word. Real fans love their team passionately and hold the management of that team accountable when they need to be held accountable.

What did the Bears do this past season from a coaching perspective that makes you think they are going to "out coach" the really good head coaches on their schedule next year? And the bigger question is what has Angelo done to make you have a warm and fuzzy feeling about him with regard to the most important draft he's had in several years? Would it be all the talk of him loving the d-linemen when his franchise QB is laying on his back for the 50th time? Or would it be his talk of corner when Hester is still a failed experiment and Knox wouldn't fight for a ball if his life depended on it? It was idiots like you that told everyone on this blog what "great value" the Bears got when they drafted Wooten in the 4th round and Lefevour in the 6th. How Wooten was a first round talent that slipped to the 4th round. Yeah, he sure played like a 1st round talent. And how the Bears...THE BEARS coaching staff was going to develop Lefevour and in a year or two trade him for a high draft pick...hahaha. It was real fans who said that "value" means nothing if your franchise QB is laying there with his leg all twisted or bloodied. And this past year he was bloodied, concussed, and had his leg all twisted.

Some advice for you Hal. #1. Hate to break it to you, but you can't claim the blow up "wife" as a dependant on April 15th. #2. If you're not intelligent enough to back up your arguments, then stick to cleaning toilets.

I see you're another one of the internet "tough guys" Hal. Boy, the computer screen was the greatest invention for the coward since mother's skirt. Where did I show hate? See, since guys like you make comments that aren't true, I am guessing it's because you have nothing {but your lips which are pressed against Lovie's and Jerry's backside} to back up your thoughts.

Come on, genius, start laying down the arguments as to why he should have been given an extension after 3 years of garbage and 1 year of beating teams he should have beat. When I see comments by reporters and NFL media who say that this was "Lovies best coaching job" {people like Pompei, so consider the source}, isn't that like saying you're the tallest midget. I would hope that Lovie could beat teams with backup QB's and who were 0-7 when the Bears played them. But, I guess it's like you in your job, Hal. When you're expected to clean 5 toilets and hour and you do 6 one hour, but the previous 10 hours you averaged 3, you run to your boss and demand a raise.

As I have repeated on here several times, it is due {in a very small part} to fans like you that has allowed this team to be as mediocre as they have been over the past 25 years. Real fans aren't A** kissers with a 25 dollar "Butkus" long sleeve t-shirt made to look like an old jersey stretched over their fat gut walking around saying "da" before every other word. Real fans love their team passionately and hold the management of that team accountable when they need to be held accountable.

What did the Bears do this past season from a coaching perspective that makes you think they are going to "out coach" the really good head coaches on their schedule next year? And the bigger question is what has Angelo done to make you have a warm and fuzzy feeling about him with regard to the most important draft he's had in several years? Would it be all the talk of him loving the d-linemen when his franchise QB is laying on his back for the 50th time? Or would it be his talk of corner when Hester is still a failed experiment and Knox wouldn't fight for a ball if his life depended on it? It was idiots like you that told everyone on this blog what "great value" the Bears got when they drafted Wooten in the 4th round and Lefevour in the 6th. How Wooten was a first round talent that slipped to the 4th round. Yeah, he sure played like a 1st round talent. And how the Bears...THE BEARS coaching staff was going to develop Lefevour and in a year or two trade him for a high draft pick...hahaha. It was real fans who said that "value" means nothing if your franchise QB is laying there with his leg all twisted or bloodied. And this past year he was bloodied, concussed, and had his leg all twisted.

Some advice for you Hal. #1. Hate to break it to you, but you can't claim the blow up "wife" as a dependant on April 15th. #2. If you're not intelligent enough to back up your arguments, then stick to cleaning toilets.

Hal | February 28, 2011 12:45 AM | Reply
Good stuff.

"I don't think anyone thought this team was going anywhere and to me the extension for Coach Smith is well deserved."

"I'm with you Bearshaterstop,,,pay no heed to GiveHeadBoy....what a sad, lonely and sorry individual he must be to have heart so full of hate. "

As opposed to all the love you shed on the world.

Tell me why is a coach with one playoff apperance in 4 years worth extending? A coach with a 500 playoff record and a Coach who has more non-playoff seasons than playoff seasons. 3 playoff apperances in 7 years. Nothing special there. Why not let him finish his contract and then if he had made the playoff's again, then extend him. 1 playff apperance in 4 years does not equall a 5-6 million dollar a year extension. What happened the last time Lovie got a new contract?

GiveHeadBoy is Creighton the one receiving?? Hehehe..

Let me tell you two something. Coach Smith took this team to the big dance. Some coaches never even get close enough to get a sniff and he did it in his third year. That to me is special. They were eight points away this season from doing it again. The defense looked amazing and that is due to Coach Smith. You want to talk about the years before how about all the major injuries the team had to deal with hmmm??? Yea you think being a coach is so easy but its not and Lovie's accomplishments are fairly great.

I could get into it more but I don't think that the two of you would understand!! It was a fine season overall. I bet you two were Vikings fans last year who jumped over to the Bears. Yes???

Agreed Gearheadboy. With the schedule the bears have next year, JA is going to have to hit on the draft, free agency and stay healthy all year. You and Creighton have been on pretty much all year and it is a shame they let people like Hal and bearshaterstop blog on here.

Uprooted,

With this era of "political correctness", you have to let the people who wear the padded helmets and carry a drool cloth have their say too. Like I said before, Hal was one of those kids that stood behind a hedge bush and threw rocks at the skinnier kids in the neighborhood and then ran like his feet were on fire up the stairs and behind his mother when the boys chased him. There he would stick his tongue out as his mother was chastising the kids for picking on her wonderful Hal.

The reason why you couldn't go into more is because you have nothing to say. You give me the injury excuse? When the !@#$% packers had what?...over 10 guys on IR and won the SB? And oh, by the way, where was the Great Lovie Smith during the first Seattle game or the Redskins game? You remember the 'Skins' game, right Hal? The game where the Great Lovie Smith missused a challenge {AGAIN} which pretty much cost the Bears the game. Or how about the Atlanta game 2 years ago when "Mr. Mediocre" himself {Kyle Orton} drove the ball down the field, threw the go ahead TD to Davis with 11..that's right HAL...ELEVEN seconds left and the Great Lovie Smith decides to let his KO team squib the ball down the middle of the field. Then they play that vaunted Lovie Smith defense and lose the game. Or how about the Houston game in 09 to get into the playoffs. Win and you're in. You're up 10-0 I believe. Come on Hal, surely a Lovie Smith..err, a Great Lovie Smith team wouldn't lay down on it's 'players' coach. Those are just a few games over the past couple of years. And lets not forget games where the Bears were so ill-prepared that they were embarrassed off the field. Cincy and Arizon in 09 and NE this year come to mind. I don't expect the Bears to win every game. It would be nice, don't get me wrong, but to be so out worked and out prepared by your opponent is inexcusable.

You must not post here that often, Hal. ANY TIME you want to put your Chicago Bears "fandom" up against mine, feel free. But you will lose. See, Hal, I don't miss games. Haven't missed a game since 76. If "aunt Jenny" dies and the services happen to be on the same day as a game...oh well, she's not going to miss me walking by the casket. My kids are named after Bears. But you associate being a fan to A** kissing. Might be a reflection of some deep rooted mother/son issues still left unresolved.

Plain and simple, you're a clown and if you are so absent minded as to follow a team blindly with no question, then go follow roller derby or 'wrasslin'. Wait, i am guessing you already do.

bearshaterstop, I finally figured it out. You are really Larry Mayer and you know you can't use your real name. You really should remove your lips from JA's and lovie's back side.

Up rooted don't pick on Hal, he clearly has some issiues, like oral fixation involving men which he keeps talking about and dreaming about as he clearly states.

Hal | February 28, 2011 7:48 PM | Reply
"GiveHeadBoy is Creighton the one receiving??"

Is that what your Gaydar is telling you Hal?

"You want to talk about the years before how about all the major injuries the team had to deal with hmmm??? Yea you think being a coach is so easy but its not and Lovie's accomplishments are fairly great."

What was that you were saying about recieving Hal? I think someone someone has some ideas about poor coach Smith. Tell me do you oil up and put on the chaps in front of the Lovie Smith poster you have hanging above your bed or do you come out of the bathoorm that way hoping to surprise him? And does your boyfriend Cal get jealous of said poster or does he just take out his aggression on you with the paddles.

I was also wondering how long did it take for Lovie to have the restraining order served? Did it hurt your feelings or are you in denial and think he is just teasing you, building up the suspence?

Oh Haley(see I can change someones name too, it's so difficult) you are gonna be fun, I haven't had slapped around a blog punching bag like you for months.

Dude I even see you have your own wiki page, my god Hal you have been a busy boy. Voted "Best newcomer by the gay erotic video awards" cheers to you bud, I bet that took a lot of work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Rockland

Now don't get mad Hal cause I outed you, it's better this way now you can dance around the house to raining men all you want and your dad won't think it's strange anymore, well maybe he will but he may finally understand. He will probably also understand why a guy pushing 40 keeps asking to sit on his lap. Just sayin man.

Now for football

Hal, Gruden won the big dance and still got fired for being mediocre. Ever team has major injuries, except the Bears this year. Look at the Packers the most injury riddled team in football and the Bears lost to them, twice. Only difference is when the Packers were all chewed up they won a Super Bowl. When Lovie had one major injruy he couldn't make the playoff's. Lovie Smith guys are always making excuses just like Lovie. "We don't make excuses, but"

All right Hal I am done with you, you can go crawl under the covers and cry yourself to sleep.

Hal I figured out your true identity, your really Larry Mayer right?

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