Bears Officially Extend Lovie Smith Through 2013


We can only hope that the Mayan calendar nonsense is true and the world ends on December 21, 2012, because that might be the only way for us to see the end of the Lovie Smith era in Chicago.  The Bears kept true to their word and award head coach Lovie Smith a 2-year extension to keep him at the helm through the 2013.

This comes as no surprise; we heard the rumble just a couple of days ago.  Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but it’s believed to be right at about the $5.5 million range that the last year of his deal pays.   Lovie sat down with The Score’s Zach Zaidman for an exclusive interview.  Check it out here.  Great stuff!

Don’t you wish you could put some incentive-based compensation in place for Lovie?  You get $250k for each win.  Win the division, how about a $500k bonus?  If the defense ranks in the Top 5, another escalator kicks in.  Maybe you put in a $10k fine for each blown challenge and $20k for each successful challenge?   Show some emotion on the sideline, $5k.  What kind of incentives would you like to see in Lovie’s deal.

One thing that this deal should make crystal clear – Lovie, Jerry Angelo, Ted Phillips and even Jay Cutler are all on the same timeline with all of their deals going to 2013.  If a regime change is in order, it will be really easy for the McCaskeys to clean house.  This clearly defines the Bears’ window and it’s closing quickly.

I’d love to get your thoughts on the deal.