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Angelo: Bears intend to extend Lovie Smith

Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith said he plans to bring back his entire coaching staff in 2011.   The Bears plan to bring Smith back for a lot longer than that.

G.M. Jerry Angelo said Monday that the Bears plan to give Smith a contract extension this offseason.

“We very much want to extend Lovie,” Angelo said Monday via the Chicago Tribune. “Our focus, our intent is to extend Lovie.”

The Bears aren’t known for breaking the bank on coaches and Smith’s demands for a contract are unclear here.  Marvin Lewis and the Bengals, for instance, both talked of wanting an extension at this time last year and one didn’t materialize.

Still, it sounds like the Bears don’t want Smith to enter 2011 as a “lame duck” head coach.   Smith knows better than anyone how coaching stock fluctuates, so he’s got a lot of incentive to strike a deal.

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22 Responses to “Angelo: Bears intend to extend Lovie Smith”
  1. 85bears4life says: Jan 24, 2011 5:31 PM

    Wow!

    This is the same man that put Todd Collins in the game instead of Caleb Hanie.

    And ran a lame *ss reverse on a key third down play THAT HAS NEVER WORKED ALL SEASON. Every time they ran it they got stuffed for lost yardage.

    This is also the same man that doesn’t believe in second half adjustments. If you ever watch a Bears game (aside from this year) you will notice he has the same lame *ss game plan and sticks with it all game. Even if he’s losing!

  2. Celsior says: Jan 24, 2011 5:31 PM

    Lovie may have the love of his players, but he cannot manage a game at all! Hanie needs to be developed by a QB coach who can make him into a reliable backup to Cutler or even challenge him for the starter’s role. And Angelo needs to go, too!

  3. jc1958coo says: Jan 24, 2011 5:33 PM

    who is going to extend jerry angelo. all those picks for cutler, must have something for mrs. McCaskey!!

  4. tommytd says: Jan 24, 2011 5:35 PM

    Figures…he would be a dynamite DC but he is not HC material. He still hasn’t figured out how to manage a game clock!

  5. mvp43 says: Jan 24, 2011 5:36 PM

    He’s under contract for next year, why not wait until after next season to talk about an extension? What’s the rush?

    The Packers will be good for the next few years; The Lions will be better; who knows about the Vikings. The fact is everything worked in the Bears favor this year. Easy schedule, no injuries, Seattle at home………….

    They have an aging defense, horrible O-line, no receivers and questionable QB. How about see how Lovie does next year before he’s extended.

  6. firejerry says: Jan 24, 2011 5:41 PM

    Jerry needs to fire himself……his drafting is worse than Matt Millen. Recently he has saved his job by signing free agents and not throwing away draft picks and trading for Cuter. Fire Jerry now…..the guy who has not drafted offensive linemen, bought in wide receivers and can’t find a safety or two.

  7. bobbybudnick says: Jan 24, 2011 5:45 PM

    ooops, just saw the story. haha my bad

  8. bobbybudnick says: Jan 24, 2011 5:45 PM

    keep up the good work

  9. cappa662 says: Jan 24, 2011 5:46 PM

    After seeing the Bears offensive line in the preseason, I don’t think very many people predicted more than 8 wins for the Bears. But in every area, they overachieved. He deserves an extension.

  10. shorttracknews says: Jan 24, 2011 5:52 PM

    Love how “lame duck” only pertains to coaches. Can you imagine the real world doing that. Joe “blue collar” Smith working at his factory job needing a reassurance from his boss that in order for him to do a good job in 2011 he needs to know he will be back in 2012.

  11. boozemonk3y says: Jan 24, 2011 6:00 PM

    As a Bears Fan all i cany say is

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    This guy dressed Todd Collins, TODD COLLINS!! in the NFC Championship? Are you serious?

    This guy just lost the biggest game in Bears history.

    You let him earn an extension next year. What happened last time they went to the Super Bowl? Contract extension and then they finally made the playoffs 4 years later. AFTER he fired Ron Rivera for Bob Babich.

    This guy is not a Bears coach, bring in someone with FIRE! I’m so sick of no expression Lovie. Please leave town, k thanks bye.

  12. randolph32 says: Jan 24, 2011 6:17 PM

    They’ll give him two more years so he’s on the same ‘contract end’ as Angelo….then hopefully SOMEBODY will come in and really Generally Manage the team.

  13. dizzle1016 says: Jan 24, 2011 6:24 PM

    Letting Lovie go would be a mistake. He is a good coach and a great person. His teams are never bad, maybe not great, but getting better. As a Broncos fan the grass is never greener. McDaniels is still available if you don’t believe me.

  14. jimmysee says: Jan 24, 2011 6:36 PM

    As a Packer fan I’ve got to ask — why not bring back Dave Wannstadt!?

  15. kcjohnson2 says: Jan 24, 2011 8:24 PM

    Lovie Smith is one of the most underrated coaches in the NFL. He manages to take mediocre talent (e.g. WR core, offensive line, and secondary) and produces big results. The Bears and their fair weather fans don’t deserve him.

    If anything the Bears should be looking for a new GM. One that doesn’t trade away 2 first round picks and a starting NFL QB for a marginally better NFL starting QB, one that doesn’t pay a punt returner $40M, or one that fails to sign a decent reserve QB in the off season, but deems free agency a success when they sign a premier player to a top (above market?) dollar contract.

  16. stvang says: Jan 24, 2011 8:41 PM

    Joe “blue collar” Smith working at his factory job needing a reassurance from his boss that in order for him to do a good job in 2011 he needs to know he will be back in 2012.

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    next year? How about whether or not he’ll be needed tomorrow..

  17. bigbear12 says: Jan 24, 2011 9:31 PM

    Dump Angelo, keep Lovie.
    Peppers was in love with Chicago, wasn’t much Angelo had to do aside from match the best offer.

  18. cdub777 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:03 PM

    kcjohnson2 says: Jan 24, 2011 8:24 PM

    Lovie Smith is one of the most underrated coaches in the NFL. He manages to take mediocre talent (e.g. WR core, offensive line, and secondary) and produces big results. The Bears and their fair weather fans don’t deserve him.

    If anything the Bears should be looking for a new GM. One that doesn’t trade away 2 first round picks and a starting NFL QB for a marginally better NFL starting QB, one that doesn’t pay a punt returner $40M, or one that fails to sign a decent reserve QB in the off season, but deems free agency a success when they sign a premier player to a top (above market?) dollar contract.

    Well said,,, Lovie has the 3rd best winning percentage ever for this storied franchise. His players respect and play hard for him. Angelo has consistently made bad draft picks and failed to address the O-line and WR positions. It takes good players to win in the NFL and Angelo simply has not provided those players. I applaud Lovie for being as successful as he has been. A quality coach and a quality individual !

  19. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 24, 2011 10:17 PM

    boozemonk3y says:
    Jan 24, 2011 6:00 PM
    This guy just lost the biggest game in Bears history
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    I would of thought hmm, maybe a Superbowl game would of been bigger than the NFC championship. I don’t know, just saying..

  20. jarrman46 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:37 PM

    The Peppers signing was a good move but the Chester Taylor signing was stupid . All that money for a back up running back. thats what your second day draft picks are for. If Chester Taylor was going to be a big time back in this league he wouldnt be on his 3rd team

  21. toe4 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:57 PM

    Remember this article and that stupid smile in the picture when Lovie is fired at the end of next year.

  22. gregjennings85 says: Jan 25, 2011 9:57 AM

    I hope Angelo and Smith are part of the Chicago Bears organization until 2100.

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