Urlacher urges contract extension for Smith
Urlacher urges contract extension for Smith
Believes coach deserves new deal for leading Bears to cusp of Super Bowl
Brian Urlacher talks contract extension, the Bears listen.
But this time, the Pro Bowl linebacker's lobbying has nothing to do with himself. Urlacher spoke up for the person he believes is mainly responsible for this year's remarkable turnaround.
"Pay him, please,'' Urlacher said of Smith. " It makes no sense to me why he wouldn't get an extension. He has proven he's a great coach.''
Smith's 66 career victories, including three in the playoffs, are the third-most in Bears' history behind George Halas and Mike Ditka. He has three division titles and three, 11-victory seasons under his belt.
Yet some might judge Smith based on whether he beats the rival Packers in Sunday's NFC title game: Super Bowl or bust.
"And that's not fair,'' Urlacher said. "Look at the recent history of our team. I think 1985 was the last time we were any good before he came, right? And when Lovie got here, we started winning again.
"Now, if you don't win 10 or 11 games, it's disappointing because that's what people are expecting, because that's what he expects of us. That's the standard he's set for this organization. Before, you're 8-8 and it's, 'OK, we're getting better. We're getting more competitive.' He has gotten us back to where we needed to be.''
Smith, with one year and $5 million left on his contract, has stayed true to his personality and has avoided contract talk, although general manager Jerry Angelo hinted toward rewarding his coach at season's end. Smith is focused solely on a return trip to the Super Bowl, and beating the Packers for the ninth time in 15 tries.
"… One of the first things (Chairman) Michael McCaskey went over with me when I came here to interview for the job, was to make sure that I knew about the rivalry,'' Smith said Monday. "Believe me, we know exactly how we're supposed to feel about that rivalry.''
The Bears felt pretty good after defeating their long-time nemesis 20-17 when the Packers last visited Soldier Field in September. But even after that triumph and a 3-0 start, skepticism followed. Then the scrutiny of Smith intensified after back-to-back home losses to the Seahawks and Redskins.
Urlacher was annoyed with how folks portrayed his coach then, and still is bothered with how some doubt Smith now.
"Just look at what Lovie has done for our team,'' Urlacher said. "All the experts — which is what really counts, you know — picked us to be dead last in our division. They picked Detroit to be ahead of us. We're supposed to be 5-11, 6-10, 7-9, according to all the 'experts.' We're the underdogs. We're lucky. We had an easy schedule. We didn't beat anybody. But, we're here. And Lovie's the one who has done all the work.''
Expectations were low after the Bears failed to reach the postseason the previous three seasons, including two 7-9 showings.
"So we didn't win a couple of years there. That's not Lovie's fault,'' Urlacher said. "It wasn't because we weren't coached well or weren't prepared. And this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, so, yes, I think Lovie should get an extension now.''
If Smith reaches the Super Bowl, he would join the Steelers Mike Tomlin as the only coaches to lead their teams to multiple Super Bowls over the last six seasons. Tomlin received a two-year extension last July that included a year option, meaning Tomlin could remain in Pittsburgh until 2013.
Urlacher hopes Smith sticks around for many years to come.
"If people played for Lovie or knew him, they would feel the same way we feel about him,'' Urlacher said. " I really couldn't imagine playing for anyone else at this point in my career. Honestly.''
If We win sunday def. see a contract extention in the offseason, no matter what happens in the SB.. if we lose, still think it will happen- but indifferent if it doesn't... You don't normally want a lame duck coach in Charge( which lovie would be in 2011), but with the no CBA can also see waiting until fall to do the extension as going to be a long summer with no CBA and having the same players/coach a huge advantage over teams with new staff/playes and can't coach or talk to them
No, contract extension. Finish the current contract and then decide on a new one once the old one is over.
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team rarely if ever wait until a contract for a coach is over. The reason is because you don't want assistants OC/DC jumping ship because if their HC isn't there, they likely will not, so forces them to look out for themselves and no one wants that kind of chaos.
My what a difference a comma makes.
Originally Posted by 4th and 26
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With a win, yes it happens. With a loss, it probably won't happen.
From what I've heard, Lovie was hired with the specific priority of beating the Packers. If he fails to do so in the NFCCG with the team the Bears have now, I just don't see him coming back.
“I think he did [tarnish his legacy]. Not only this season, but the last few seasons, going back and forth [on retirement] and bouncing to a few different teams. I think about it, and I have to really think hard to think back to when he was a Green Bay Packer and when he played his best football and was in Super Bowls and when he became the Brett Favre we all know."
He was hired to win, period. "Beating the Packers" was merely one of his objectives along with winning the SB. So im not sure where you get your info about him being hired "to beat the packers"
Originally Posted by Incubes12
I hope Urlacher knows that 85 wasn't the "last good season" the Bears had before Lovie. Especially since he actually played on that team in 2001.
Is Lovie going to go to the SB once every 4 years to keep his contracts coming?
**queue eerie music**
oh time, you truly are the enemy of memory...
Originally Posted by Jimmors
how quickly a SB appearance can make people forget what life was like before 06.