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Bears, Lovie Smith getting close to new contract

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The Chicago Bears and head coach Lovie Smith are getting close to an agreement on a new contract that will pay Smith between $5 million and $6 million a year.

John Mullin of CSNChicago.com reports that Smith’s new contract may be in place within the next two weeks, and that it’s likely to extend him for a few more seasons at about the same salary as the $5.5 million he’s scheduled to make in 2011, the final year on his current deal. Smith reportedly made $4.8 million in 2010.

That salary falls short of what the league’s highest-paid coaches (Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Mike Shanahan) reportedly make, but it compares favorably to the new $5 million a year deal that the Packers just gave Mike McCarthy.

So while the Bears generally haven’t been known for paying top dollar, by all appearances they’re ready to give Smith a very fair deal, for years to come.

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28 Responses to “Bears, Lovie Smith getting close to new contract”
  1. ninjapleazee says: Feb 22, 2011 1:09 PM

    why

  2. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 22, 2011 1:10 PM

    Let me get this right–

    After both get new contracts days apart, the guy who won the NFC title game (and the Super Bowl) makes less than the guy he beat?

    As a Packer fan, all I can say is we are very happy Lovie is back with the Bears! Can you please sign Cutler to an extension while you are at it?

  3. mvp43 says: Feb 22, 2011 1:13 PM

    What’s the rush to extend Lovie? Why not see how next year plays out. If the Bears fall into the tank as some suspect they will, Chi-town will be asking for his head on a platter (again)

  4. orangeflh says: Feb 22, 2011 1:23 PM

    I’m with clintonportisheadd. Give Lovie a lifetime deal and extend Cutler for 10 years.

    There’s nothing we enjoy more than the absolute futility that is Chicago.

  5. clawledge says: Feb 22, 2011 1:25 PM

    Excellent.

  6. fastrichie says: Feb 22, 2011 1:41 PM

    Yippee … Several more years of boring press conferences and uninspired coaching!

  7. silverwolf3561 says: Feb 22, 2011 1:46 PM

    He only did well this season because he thought he was gonna get fired. Extending him is a mistake. We will go back to being a sub-par team. We should tell him that since we got to the NFC Championship game this year, nothing less than a Superbowl Ring next year.

  8. darthvincent says: Feb 22, 2011 1:48 PM

    you would think that duh Bears would wait until Lovie Smith actually accomplished something… like win a SB, or something… next year’s scapegoat for losing will be Mike Martz… and just how embarrassing is it going to be when Rivera and the Panthers beat duh Bears this year.

    The Bears Still Suck!

  9. imsmarterthanyou says: Feb 22, 2011 1:50 PM

    Listen folks…Lovie deserves an extension. After the Bears were predicted to finish third in the division, they won it. During his tenure, he’s won three division titles and taken the Bears to the NFC title game twice. Only 4 or 5 teams in the league have been to two conference titles games during that span.

    @mvp43 – so suspecting they will tank like they were supposed to this past year?

    The reality is that continuity is something that is taken for granted in the NFL. Keeping your players in a system for an extended period of time allows for better execution of said system.

    What the Bears need are a few players at specific positions (CB, OL, and WR) that fit into this system, not a new coach. Lovie did a great job building the staff he has. That’s what good head coaches do.

    I find it quite interesting that after a great season for the Bears, people continue to doubt, they continue to criticize, and continue to disrespect this team. I love it and I hope you doubters continue your unfounded criticism.

    What’s next? Devin Hester needs to improve as a kick returner??? I would love to hear this lip service.

  10. fireshawnslocum says: Feb 22, 2011 1:54 PM

    Great signing for the NFC North. Even bigger for the Packers. Looks like the Pack is a sure fire Playoff contender for at least the next 3-4 years.

  11. dfeltz says: Feb 22, 2011 1:54 PM

    Packer morons, Lovie Smith is 8-7 since being the HC in Chicago against Green Bay, with 3 division titles. Why are you mouthing off about giving him an extension?

  12. heyooooh says: Feb 22, 2011 2:03 PM

    Totally unnecessary. He got a new contract & fat raise for taking the Bears to the Super Bowl & losing. He misses the playoffs every year after that until this past season, where they beat the worst playoff team in history.

    For that he gets a contract extension & keeps his inflated pay? Why not make him prove 2010 wasn’t a fluke by making the playoffs 2 years in a row (this would be considered a victory here in Chicago)?

  13. wiscoboy says: Feb 22, 2011 2:09 PM

    I like it!!! Sign him and Cutler to a 10 year deal!!

    Bears still suck!!!

    GO PACK GO!!!!

  14. sleeper692 says: Feb 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    Really? REALLY?!?!?!

    The Bears may have done better than predicted this year but I give little of the credit to Lovie and his buffoon of a GM. If anything, the defense stepped up (again) and took advantage of some fortunate opportunities and Cutler had a few good moments in between getting hung out for slaughter with a barely passable O-line.

    McCarthy took his team to the big dance AND won. Lovie took his team to a modest win over the worst playoff team of all time. How in the hell does this deserve an extension? Why Lovie’s not out there searching for a job with the other errant coaches is beyond me.

    I was happy to see the Bears finally make the playoffs again but I was totally let down with the display of complete coaching incompetence in the NFC Championship. My grandmother could have coached a better game and she’s been dead for 30 years.

    I lost all respect for Lovie after he fired Ron Rivera after Rivera’s defense took the team to the Super Bowl (where Grossman single-handedly threw the game away – pun intended).

    Poor old Papa Bear is rolling over in his grave at this news.

  15. dfeltz says: Feb 22, 2011 2:40 PM

    sleeper692 – Do you remember that Defense? Started out in the top 5, then by the time the SB came around, the defense was in the teens, they got progressively worse that year. Rivera left and became a linebackers coach after he left Chicago, it took him 6 years to land the Panthers job!

  16. Little Earthquake says: Feb 22, 2011 2:54 PM

    He deserves it. – From a Packers fan.

  17. jc1958cool says: Feb 22, 2011 3:03 PM

    good coach not worth 5 mil ! angelo is trying to make himself look good, not happening , da bearsssssssss won’t even make the playoffs, too old not enough depth!!

  18. randolph32 says: Feb 22, 2011 3:09 PM

    Lovie’s ‘Lucky Horseshoe’ helps him to another pay day…sure, he’s a nice guy, but who the hell cares, just win!!! And win he hasn’t…the D you’re knocking Dfeltz didn’t have a healthy Mike brown, nor a healthy Tommy Harris, that they did earlier in the Super Bowl season.

    This day will be dreaded by many Bears fans, and all but guarantees Jerry Angelo will get another contract as well…all we can hope if the extension ends with Angelo’s, which is only 2 years down the line.

  19. jimmysee says: Feb 22, 2011 3:10 PM

    He deserves it +1

    Remember Dave Wannstedt.

  20. packfannchitown says: Feb 22, 2011 3:12 PM

    Listen folks…Lovie deserves an extension. After the Bears were predicted to finish third in the division, they won it. During his tenure, he’s won three division titles and taken the Bears to the NFC title game twice..
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    He got a new contract & fat raise for taking the Bears to the Super Bowl & losing. He misses the playoffs every year after that until this past season, where they beat the worst playoff team in history.
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    Sums it all up right there…

  21. imsmarterthanyou says: Feb 22, 2011 3:18 PM

    @dfeltz – you’re right, the D in 2005 – 2006 did fall off towards the end of the year, but that was a result of injuries, not poor play calling by Rivera. Mike Brown and Tommie Harris (the dominant one) both got injured down the stretch and were lost for the year. Those two injuries proved to be the downfall for that defense and the team as a whole.

    Back to the Lovie situation. Packer fans. Move on, enjoy your Super Bowl. I would not, however, be wishing for the Bears to keep things intact. The last thing the Packers want is for the Bears to get better in their current system. You know why, I don’t need to point you to the fact that Sunshine Boy Rogers threw 1 td to three pics against us in those final two games. I’m not saying that the Bears should have won those (they certainly could have) games…the Packer D was dialed in both games, but don’t sit here and wish for something you know only gives you a 50/50 shot of beating the Bears.

    I’m backing Lovie and his staff. They know the Pack, they know the Vikes, and they know the Lions. This is a good division, and while the Vikes are in the midst of transition and the Lions are still growing, it’s a strong move to maintain continuity and flow. I think it gives the Bears the best chance to win.

    Have at it.

  22. packfannchitown says: Feb 22, 2011 3:31 PM

    Packer morons, Lovie Smith is 8-7 since being the HC in Chicago against Green Bay, with 3 division titles. Why are you mouthing off about giving him an extension?
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    I could say that since 2008 the Packers are 5-2 against Da Bears but that’s irrelevant. The bottom line is Lovie let the team he said it was his #1 mission to beat get presented with the Halas trophy in his own house. As a result Lovie lost his shot at the Super Bowl.

    Da Bears suffered the greatest humiliation in the history of the NFC North/Central and as a result they want to reward their coach…

    Brilliant.

  23. packfannchitown says: Feb 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    The last thing the Packers want is for the Bears to get better in their current system. You know why, I don’t need to point you to the fact that Sunshine Boy Rogers threw 1 td to three pics against us in those final two games. I’m not saying that the Bears should have won those (they certainly could have) games…the Packer D was dialed in both games, but don’t sit here and wish for something you know only gives you a 50/50 shot of beating the Bears.

    This is a good division…
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    Fun as it is, trash talking aside, I don’t think the Bears will get better in their current system because of Jerry Angelo. That man just doesn’t know how to build a team.

    Sure he picked up Peppers but we’re talking about the guy who got rid of Thomas in favor of Benson simply because Benson cost more. His first round picks are atrocious and he’s not that great with the draft.

    Do the Bears know their division opponents? Yes, but the same can be said about the other teams and right now the Packers have the Bears’ number.

    You’re right however, this IS a good division.

  24. wiscoboy says: Feb 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    Who’s decision was it to hire Todd Collins as their backup and use him in the NFC Championship game against the Pack?!?!

    Wow, give that man a raise!

  25. gregjennings85 says: Feb 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    I hope it’s a 10 year deal, and Jerry Angelo signs on for double that.

  26. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 22, 2011 5:17 PM

    Back to the Lovie situation. Packer fans. Move on, enjoy your Super Bowl.

    ___________________________________

    Well thanks so much we “REALLY REALLY” did enjoy it. Being a packer fan that grew up in Illinois however after all the dust settled I had to flip a coin to see what I actually enjoyed the most. The Superbowl victory or Beating the Bears not once but twice in a span of three weeks, the second of which was on their home turf not only for the right to be in the superbowl, but taking the trophy named after Pappa Halas on his turf in front of the Bear faithful……Booked and owned……the most important game ever played between these two teams……….”SWEET”

    While it was great……….the coin flip went to the superbowl victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. teddybear9 says: Feb 22, 2011 7:16 PM

    Wow, this is horrible. Last year, I figured one of two things would happen; my Bears would be really bad and we would finally get a good coach (and hopefully a much better GM) OR , we would get really good, go to the playoffs, and win the Superbowl. But instead, what happened, the Chiago way, we were mediocre, Lovie got lucky with having to play poor teams, bad qb’s and lucky calls, we stayed mediocre, made it to the playoffs which would be enough to get ownership off his back and on his side, and we would loose in the end. No superbowl, no new coach, no hope. It sucks to be a Bears fan!! I’ve been living the nightmare for 35 years. *tears*

  28. mantastic54 says: Feb 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    The Bears aren’t known for paying top dollar?

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