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.