The [intlink id=”13″ type=”category”]Chicago Bears[/intlink] have given coach Lovie Smith a two-year contract extension.
Smith, who was entering the final year of a four-year contract, made $5.5 million under his old deal, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL. Assuming he didn’t take a pay cut, Smith makes slightly more than Green Bay Packers coach [intlink id=”67″ type=”category”]Mike McCarthy[/intlink], who recently signed an extension paying him an average of $5 million a year.
Terms of Smith’s extension haven’t been released.
In discussing the extension, Smith touched on how the Packers have set the bar in the division, saying “We realize we have the Super Bowl champs in our division, and we’re looking up to them,” he said. “We’re looking forward to this next year of trying to get ourselves in position where we can hold up the Lombardi trophy.”
He mostly harped on one point though — that quarterback [intlink id=”405″ type=”category”]Jay Cutler[/intlink], who sat out the second half of the NFC Championship game with an injury, isn’t a quitter.
“Just to kind of hit Jay one last time, no, there’s no question about Jay’s toughness or anything like that,” Smith said. “For guys to even challenge that or question that don’t know what they’re talking about, don’t know him. He’s as tough as any quarterback in the league.”
He would go on to tell everyone how Cutler is the leader of his team.
“I think the core is in place, starting with Jay Cutler, our quarterback, leading us,” he said. “I wouldn’t ask for any other quarterback. I’m excited about him going into that second year with Mike and seeing those improvements on the offensive side.”
Good luck with that fool leading your team, Lovie.
Haha wow! How and why is this guy making more $$$ than Coach McCarthy? What has he done besides talk a big game, then get outcoached and get stomped by the Colts in the Super Bowl? That Bears GM just must have money to burn!
I love it!!! I hope he coaches there for the next 20 years, all with Cuntler.
Also, to be fair, MM getting $5M in Green Bay is equivalent to Lovie getting about $15M in Chicago with cost of living expenses…
It’s because the Bears have NEVER had a real offense all the time he has been there. It don’t take Denny Green to say they are who we thought they were, ONE DIMENSIONAL. Take away their super bad ass defense they had this year and they are 5-11. Take away their defense in all of his years, and they never would have ever made the playoffs.
Watch them draft another cornerback instead of Offensive lineman in the draft, they will build another good defense and let the offense rot
Good news for the Packers!
That must be the going rate for the almost got you there coach in Chicago.
This is the best news I’ve heard since winning the Super Bowl. Now all we need is for the Viqueens to sign Rick Speilman to a contract extension.