Mullin: Smith Extension Imminent

According to csnchicago.com’s John Mullin, better get used to having Lovie Smith and staff around for another three seasons.  Mullin reports that a two-year extension (I assume tacked on to his remaining year) should be announced within the next two weeks.

If this happens, I’m just thankful that it’s a two-year extension and not something crazy like five, which unfortunately is what I expected from the Bears.  Look, in my opinion, Smith earned an extension based on the 2011 season.  But as we found in 2007 when Smith signed a new five-year deal, accountability seemed to slip and Chicago missed the playoffs for three straight seasons.

So we will see what happens to the sense of urgency that seemed to motivate the team in 2010.

5 Responses to “Mullin: Smith Extension Imminent”

  1. I realize people are going to complain about the deal, but people need to come to realize Lovie Smith is no different than over half of the head coaches in the league. He has his strong points and his weak points. Mike McMarthy just won a Super Bowl, and his weak points were loud and clear in the playoffs: time management and letting teams hang around. The only difference is that his teams over came them. As for his demenaor, I invite anyone who doesn’t care for it to watch the NFL Network on Mondays. The majority of the coaches are the same or similar to Smith’s.

  2. Here’s the thing about giving an extension of any kind at this point, and it’s really as simple as this: There is absolutely no logical reason to do it. Roy has pointed this out before. He has 1 year left on his deal. Great, now go out there next year and do it again, and then evaluate a deal after that.

    While not the majority, a lot of people’s perception seems to be that they think Lovie is a ‘good enough’ coach, and because we went to the championship game, that he just automatically deserves an extension. But there’s just no logical reason to do that. People seem to be forgetting that Lovie’s tenure here trended/peaked high early: – playoffs in 05, playoffs/SB in 06 – and with the exception of this year, had been trending downward with 3 years of garbage. This year, everyone’s neck was on the line to win, and they did, but there is still no reason to give an extension at this point.

    As far as his positive/negative attributes, I’d be hard pressed to name anything I can say he’s truly mastered and you could say is a true ‘strong’ point, except for a mastery of stating the obvious and never publicly saying anything that could be used against him. He is NOT good at clock management or challenges, to name a few things. He seemed to make improvements this year with making changes/adjustments both in-game and in-season than what we’ve seen in the past. The defense improved this year, but remember that by title, he’s not in charge anymore like last year when they failed miserably; Marinelli is. When the defense was ‘his’ last year, they were bad, and you just can’t chalk all of that to Urlacher being hurt. And his personality is what it is by design, but it does not do him any favors on a number of fronts, including fan base and media perception.

  3. Grabber, since you asked, Lovie’s Smith’s biggest strength is that he has never lost the locker room and the team has had minimal stupid drama. The team may not have been winning all the time, but they never mailed it in completely. Don’t think for a minute this isn’t important. See the Vikings as the prime example. And no, you can’t blame it all on Brett Favre. The writing was on the wall on Childress even before Favre arived. Unlike most people, I don’t care what he says to the media or his demeanor. In this day of the media where they love to cause drama and over blow things, the less people hear the better. The Ditka days are long over, and as a White Sox fan, I’m quite tired of the higher ups running their damn mouths every other minute. (And to note, I think Ozzie Guillen is a better manager than Lovie Smith is as a coach. If either men left, I wouldn’t care one bit.) I don’t find it quite and entertaining, especially when the team is losing. To note, I’m not in favor of this move, nor am I throwing my hands up against it. I’m indiffernet to him as coach, and while he isn’t elite, he’s not terrible, either. He’s in the average to slightly above average category, which is where you are going to find over half of the coaches in the league anyway.

  4. Yeah I think he deserves it, he’s had mostly success and if he can keep his coaching philosophy intact from last year (pull guys if they screw up, don’t let them develop and be horrible for 2+ years before eventually cutting them) then I think it’s a great idea.

  5. No, I don’t care what he says to the media either. He speaks in code and states the obvious. That’s his style and all part of his plan of operation. I’m just saying that this does him no favors in terms of media/fan perception. If he was winning 11-12 games a year and consistently winning in the playoffs, he’d be viewed differently by fans, and be written about more positively by the media. That’s all I’m saying. At the end of the day, winning consistently is all that matters. He’s won some, but not consistently. That’s all you can really say about his work.

    About not losing the locker room, I guess I don’t know if I’d call that a coaching strength. I think having solid control over your team is pretty much a given that’s necessary in today’s NFL. If you’re an NFL coach and you can’t effectively do that, you will not be around long – Childress as you pointed out, and others like Mangini are examples. Someone like Marvin Lewis has completely lost control, yet still has a job, albeit under an incompetent owner. But if you look back to last year with the Bears, and that awful stretch with bad losses against Arizona and the Bengals, the Bears were a dead team that wasn’t showing up. We’ve seen stretches like this before with the Bears, but not too much this year. Bottom line, just not good business to extend him with a year left, despite the winning season.

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