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Bears, Lovie Smith not talking contract extension

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The Bears and Lovie Smith are both denying a Chicago radio report that they are negotiating a contract extension.

Smith’s son Matthew serves as his agent, and Matthew told the Chicago Tribune that a WSCR-AM report saying a long-term extension was in the works was simply untrue, because everyone agrees that a contract extension would be a distraction during the season.

Coach’s only concern is bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Chicago,” Matthew Smith said of his father/client. “Any discussion regarding his contract would take place after the season.”

Bears General Manager Phil Emery told the Chicago Sun-Times the same thing: All the attention is on the field.

Coach Smith is very focused on improving his team on a daily basis,” Emery said. “All the things that he does in terms of myself, my mindset is with the personnel group and working with the coaches and making sure we have the right people on the roster on a daily basis, going out to colleges, doing visitations, getting ready for the next NFL draft,” Emery said. “There’s not enough hours in the day to have those kind of conversations.”

Smith’s deal runs through the 2013 season, and if the Bears keep winning, they’ll surely want to extend Smith early next year. But everyone agrees that now is not the right time for a coach to be thinking about his contract.

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21 Responses to “Bears, Lovie Smith not talking contract extension”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 5:44 PM

    Smith’s deal runs through the 2013 season, and if the Bears keep winning, they’ll surely want to extend Smith early next year.
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    I don’t think so. This team is far too basic and mundane for my taste. Unless he bring home a Lobardi trophy, in the next two years, I would love to see someone new on the sidelines. Yea, he wins games but never the big one.

  2. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    Why would they?

    Goal 1: beat the Green Bay Packers.

    If you can’t accomplish one goal, you don’t deserve to be rewarded.

  3. 91devinhester23 says: Oct 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    “Coach’s only concern is bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Chicago”

    and that’s why he should get an extension

  4. edavidberg says: Oct 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    Coach Smith is legit as a head coach and strategist. The defense has been spectacular. The head coach is largely responsible for schemes and the Bears are doing fine defensively. Offensively, it is hard to hold Smith responsible given the failure of Angelo to give him an o line, respectable OC, and until this year halfway decent receivers and a backup that can win a game or two in a pinch.

    Bears should definitely resign Lovie. After Dick Jauron and Wannie Bears fans should appreciate Lovie. I love how hard his players play for him.

  5. doug1grohlin says: Oct 10, 2012 6:10 PM

    Smith is a good coach for the Bears, they need to keep him. I agree with waiting till the end of the season(hopefully in Feb) to work it out though.

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 6:32 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:Oct 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    Why would they?

    Goal 1: beat the Green Bay Packers.

    If you can’t accomplish one goal, you don’t deserve to be rewarded.

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    Well, technically he did.

  7. robertocfg says: Oct 10, 2012 6:36 PM

    I think Lovie Smith is an underrated coach. It seems like most of Chicago’s problems come from personnel rather than coaching. After all, until this year they didn’t have a decent receiving corps. If they get some help on the O-Line on next year’s draft, they’ll be a scary team.

  8. gdfbar says: Oct 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    Smith is a very good coach who’s understated demeanor has cause him to be viewed as less than what he is. Lovie Smith’s teams are always fundamentally sound, always play hard, and have out played their talent level more often than not. He is also the rare player’s coach who is able to maintain an extremely tight ship, and still be well liked in the locker room and around the league. I would be happy to see him extended, and I don’t see any reason that he wouldn’t be able to win a Super Bowl now that he has a GM who is giving him the right tools.

  9. SilentMajority says: Oct 10, 2012 6:47 PM

    Smith has proven that if you give him the players, he will give you the wins. Jerry Angelo found plenty of “diamonds in the rough” in the draft, but he often whiffed on his first and second round picks which make it difficult to win. If the new GM can consistently deliver in the draft, we will see more consistency from Smith and the Bears.

    My only concern is that Jay Cutler would benefit from a strong offensive minded coach similar to what Favre had in Holmgren.

  10. dustinq says: Oct 10, 2012 6:51 PM

    I just read this from an anonymous rival GM from an insider at Pro Football Reporting:

    “The Bears are the most overrated team in the NFL. This goes all the way up to the owner and down to the assistant coaches and even the quarterback. I mean what has Cutler ever accomplished as a Bear? The NFL is judged on wins and losses, and Cutler doesn’t have a Superbowl ring. And GM Phil Emery, what has he done other than create locker room divisions with his best players by not communicating with them? Their locker room is in shambles. One defensive player (also anonymous) said that he wishes Cutler’s red practice jersey would ‘turn to white’.”

    Boom!

  11. chi01town says: Oct 10, 2012 7:04 PM

    NAW.. dont sign Lovie not right now Chicago wants that trophy. If Lovie can bring home a Superbowl Win then Yea sign him but if not… Lets see who’s ready to coach… an offensive minded coach

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 7:44 PM

    dustinq says:Oct 10, 2012 6:51 PM

    I just read this from an anonymous rival GM from an insider at Pro Football Reporting:

    “The Bears are the most overrated team in the NFL. This goes all the way up to the owner and down to the assistant coaches and even the quarterback. I mean what has Cutler ever accomplished as a Bear? The NFL is judged on wins and losses, and Cutler doesn’t have a Superbowl ring. And GM Phil Emery, what has he done other than create locker room divisions with his best players by not communicating with them? Their locker room is in shambles. One defensive player (also anonymous) said that he wishes Cutler’s red practice jersey would ‘turn to white’.”

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    See that’s funny. I’d love to know where that came from. A quick google search only gave me this post. Plus, what is “Pro Football Reporting”?

    That’s a lot of anonymous. Anonymous GM, Anonymous Insider, Anonymous Player. Also how would a rival GM know what’s going on in the Bears lockerroom and have a quote from a player?

    Lastly, if you do a simple search the Cutler doesn’t wear a red practice jersey it’s orange.

  13. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 7:55 PM

    dustinq says: Oct 10, 2012 6:51 PM

    I just read this from an anonymous rival GM from an insider at Pro Football Reporting:

    “The Bears are the most overrated team in the NFL. This goes all the way up to the owner and down to the assistant coaches and even the quarterback. I mean what has Cutler ever accomplished as a Bear? The NFL is judged on wins and losses, and Cutler doesn’t have a Superbowl ring. And GM Phil Emery, what has he done other than create locker room divisions with his best players by not communicating with them? Their locker room is in shambles. One defensive player (also anonymous) said that he wishes Cutler’s red practice jersey would ‘turn to white’.”

    Boom!
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    Until you can name names, this post is drivel…And you are nothing more than a hater with an agenda.

  14. opietaylor says: Oct 10, 2012 8:04 PM

    Hey dustinq; buffoons aren’t allowed to post here. You’re just upset like a little girl because your team sucks. Go home and quietly lick the back o your hands

  15. 2difshoe says: Oct 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    Only extension Lovie should be thinking about is from regular season to post.

  16. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    chi01town says: Oct 10, 2012 7:04 PM

    “NAW.. dont sign Lovie not right now Chicago wants that trophy. If Lovie can bring home a Superbowl Win then Yea sign him but if not… Lets see who’s ready to coach… an offensive minded coach”

    Agreed…And by the way, I am a Bears fan like you, not sure why you blasted me on the Alshon Jeffery thread yesterday, I think you mistakenly attributed someone else’s post to me…Go Bears!

  17. robert831 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:33 PM

    Why the heck would they? This guy sucks. It is so funny how all these Bears fans suddenly like this guy. I have been hearing for years from Bears fans in Illinois about how bad he is…. This year they have won a few games and now everyone jumps back on the band wagon. Unbelievable.

  18. dustinq says: Oct 10, 2012 9:38 PM

    Hello morons:

    For those of you lacking the mental capacity to see the insult made at the “anonymous GM” mocking the Lions and their management, I feel for you.

    Clearly the post wasn’t “real.” Wow, some of you actually believed this; quite funny really.

    See, here’s the thing. The Bears aren’t going anywhere with #6. Your 1950’s ice cream parlor, James Dean wannabe QB lacks the “it” factor, and frankly, that’s all that needs to be said. I give the Bears credit for an aging defense still producing at a high level, but when push comes to shove, Cutler won’t get the job done. Objective Bears fans realize this, enjoy the regular season wins, and hope the implosion isn’t too awful to “bare.”

  19. rockbottom37 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:13 PM

    Overrated…Bears besides the year they went to SB..have been average at best with this guy.

  20. hgl4969 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:23 PM

    Lovie Smith has taken the Bears a long way in the years he’s been in Chicago – and he wasn’t always given much talent towork with. He and his wife are a class act – and have done amazing things here in Chicago – not for the press..but because that’s the sort of people they are. And this is spoken by a die hard Steelers fan. Might learn from the Steelers who have had only three coaches in how many years? And how many rings?

  21. louiespoon says: Oct 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    Considering Lovie didn’t have a QB for his first 5 years but still had 2 North crowns and Bowl appearance is damn good. When he finally did get a QB there was and is no line but still got another North crown and was on the way to a wild card last year with no WR’s. Lovie is the best coach the Bears have had since the late 80’s….

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