Angelo says Bears plan to extend Smith's contract

Posted Jan. 24, 2011 @ 5:37 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Bears do not plan to allow head coach Lovie Smith to enter next season without a contract extension, GM Jerry Angelo said at a press conference Monday.

Smith, who has one year left on his deal, would be considered a lame duck without an extension.

"We very much want to extend Lovie," Angelo said. "Our focus, our intent is to extend Lovie."

Smith has led Chicago to a division title in three of his seven years on the job. He signed a four-year extension after the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl at the end of the 2006 season.

Smith was asked whether he wanted an extension this offseason on Monday, and he said he hoped to hold the same position for a long time.

"I love being the head football coach of the Chicago Bears everyday," Smith said. "I've been here and hope to be there for many years to come."