Lovie Smith Gets Two-Year Contract Extension as Coach With Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a two-year contract extension after he led the team to a division title and conference championship appearance last season.

Smith’s contract now runs through the 2013 National Football League season, the Bears said on their website. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

“I haven’t really talked a lot about it because I’ve felt wanted every day I’ve been here,” Smith said at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to Chicagobears.com. “My contract was expiring. So to me this is just a natural progression that we’ve gone through. But yes, it is good to get it over with and know that I have a few more years added on.”

Smith led Chicago to the National Football Conference championship game in January following an 11-5 regular season that included a division title, the Bears’ third in his seven years as coach. Chicago lost the NFC title game 21-14 to the Green Bay Packers, who went on to win the Super Bowl.

The Bears reached the Super Bowl during the 2006 campaign after a 13-3 regular season, falling to the Indianapolis Colts 29-17.

The 52-year-old Smith has a 66-52 record with the Bears, including a 3-3 mark in the playoffs. He was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams before taking the Chicago job before the 2004 season.

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