The Chicago Bears have signed head coach Lovie Smith to a two-year contract extension, the team has announced.
After leading the Bears to an 11-5 regular season record and a trip to the NFC Championship game, Smith was given an extension after it had been rumored and discussed for some time. The extension will keep Smith with the organization through the 2013 season.
In his six seasons as head coach of the Bears, Smith has led them to three division titles (2005, 2006 and 2010), two NFC Championship games (2006 and 2010) and one Super Bowl appearance (2006).
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The contract extension comes as no surprise as general manager Jerry Angelo made it clear after the season that the organization’s “focus” and “intent” was to work out a deal.
Smith is 66-52 as the head coach of the Bears and ranks third in franchise history in wins and is the first coach in the team’s history to lead the team to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons.