Angelo Focused On Keeping Lovie Around

The ink is still drying on the 2010 Chicago Bears’ season and already general manager Jerry Angelo is voicing his desire to keep Lovie Smith around past the 2011 season.

A year ago, fans were calling for Lovie Smith to be fired. Now, he’s in for a contract extension.

Angelo made it clear Monday he’d like to keep the coach around after the Chicago Bears advanced to the NFC championship game. He says “our focus, our intent” is to get that done.

Smith has one year left on the extension he signed after the 2006 Super Bowl season. The Bears got back to the playoffs for the first time since then, ultimately losing to Green Bay in Sunday’s NFC championship game after going 11-5 and winning the NFC North.

Smith is 63-49 in seven seasons.

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  • George Hambach

    Extend Lovie, why are we keeping Angelo, and Phillips? Lovie is just Angelo’s mouthpiece and an arrogant one at that. Dump them all, do the Jerry Reinsdorf thing, he got rid of Doug Collins because he could not get the bulls to the next level. Lovie even with the help of a bunch of Ex-Head coachs still made stupid moves all year. The Bears need a kick-ass coach. His players love him because he is soft, just like they play.

  • Lynn Urlaub

    This is a joke. The man can’t figure out when to throw a challenge flag; when to call a timeout; can’t judge the depth of this QB’s – news flash Lovie – Haney is #2 NOT a 96 year old has-been like Collins. Lovie can’t admit when he’s wrong – which is plenty of times; he has no idea what is going on DURING the game and can’t comment on it afterwards. Sure – extend him; what the heck – I won’t be spending $$ on the garbage they put on the garbage field next season. I have given up on them. I, like Peanut, am OVER IT.

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