Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith Keeps It In The Family

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Lovie Smith And The Chicago Bears Keep It All In The Family

The Chicago Bears are a family business. The Halas/McCaskey family have guided the Bears fortunes since the inception of the National Football League; George Halas being an integral part of it's formation and early success. His daughter Virginia McCaskey and her offspring have kept Halas' vision alive, and it's as quaint a mom & pop operation as any billion dollar business can be.

So they certainly had no problem understanding Head Coach Lovie Smith's choice of negotiators for his new contract; Matthew Smith, his son.

Matthew is a second year law student at Loyola University, and as an agent he only has one client, his dad. A McCaskey family, who by all estimation is very comfortable with their head coach, must have found the negotiations refreshingly free of rancor.

Two parties (and their families) who wanted to work together hammered out a quick, seemingly painless, agreement to keep Lovie Smith at the helm of the Chicago Bears until 2013. The current contract extension matches Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo's in length, meaning that the duo will be working together for the foreseeable future..

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Bears Sign Lovie Smith To Two-Year Contract Extension

Not one Bears fan would likely have guessed this would happen before this past season -- in fact, many fans were calling for both coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo to be fired before the season started.

Then the Bears had their best season since the Super Bowl year of 2006; whether that's due to Lovie Smith's coaching is up for debate, but Smith today reaped the reward of making it to the NFC Championship game -- a two-year contract extension, terms not revealed, that will keep him Bears coach through 2013.

Smith is already the third-longest-tenured coach in Bears history, behind George Halas and Mike Ditka, and his 66 wins also rank third in team history. Presuming he makes it through 2013 -- and these days, NFL coaches are being fired with quite a bit of time left on their contracts -- he'll be only one year short of tying Ditka for the second-longest tenure at 11 seasons.

Smith is tied for the second-longest tenure in the NFC with Tom Coughlin of the Giants and the tied for the fifth-longest tenure in the NFL.

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