The Bears announced Friday morning that they have agreed to terms with head coach Lovie Smith on a two-year contract extension that keeps him with the club through 2013. Smith is tied for the second-longest tenure in the NFC (with the Giants' Tom Coughlin) and the tied for the fifth-longest tenure in the NFL.
Smith has led the Bears to three NFC North titles and three double-digit win totals in the past six seasons (2005, ’06 and ’10). The three division titles since 2005 are the second-most in the NFC (Seattle, four).
Since ’05, the Bears are one of just two teams in the NFC (Atlanta) to post three seasons of 11-plus victories.
Smith's regular-season coaching record is 63-49 (.563). He is 3-3 in the postseason. His 66 overall wins are third-most in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famers George Halas and Mike Ditka. He also guided the team to its first Super Bowl appearance in 21 years when Chicago advanced to Super Bowl XLI.
Under Smith, the Bears own a 26-16 regular-season record against NFC North opponents. Chicago is 10-4 against Detroit and 8-6 against both Green Bay and Minnesota.