Bears GM Jerry Angelo put to rest speculation that he might announce his retirement after the season during a press conference Thursday, saying he would keep working as long as he is "blessed with health."
Angelo met with the media at Halas Hall and answered questions on a variety of topics.
He made it clear that head coach Lovie Smith's contract would not be addressed until the offseason. Smith is signed through 2011, but the team's performance in the playoffs could affect whether or not he receives an offer for an extension.
"When the season is over, and hopefully that's not gonna be for a while, then we will address all those things," Angelo said, according to reports. "We always do what you need to do to take care of business, and I'm gonna leave it at that. Right now, our focus is on this upcoming game and finishing the job."
Angelo also said that the issues with the Soldier Field turf could be something that is addressed in the offseason. QB Jay Cutler and MLB Brian Urlacher are amongst those who have been critical about the turf at the team's home stadium.
"We'll talk about it," Angelo said, per reports. "We talked about it last year. And I know that (team president) Ted (Phillips) said he wants to get more comfortable in the research, and he has done a lot of research. And I'm not ruling it out, and we'll do our due diligence again with the research."