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NFL Rumors: Bears Extending Lovie Smith?

With the Bears season coming to and end at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, the team will now have to address Lovie Smith‘s future with the team.

Coming into the 2010 season it appeared that Smith was on his way out and the team would be lucky to not finish last in their division. Skip ahead some 20 weeks later and the Bears were eight points away from their second trip to the Super Bowl in five years.

Smith and the entire Bears organization have dealt with as much criticism as team in the entire NFL. While some of it was warranted, Lovie has been able to establish an identity that has kept the Bears competitive when most thought that they had no chance.

Smith has already mentioned that he plans to bring back his entire coaching staff which should be something that they can build off of come next year. The Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo announced today that they plan to give Lovie an extension.

“We very much want to extend Lovie,” Angelo said Monday via the Chicago Tribune. “Our focus, our intent is to extend Lovie.”

So far the specifics of the deal are unclear but the Bears would be smart to leave room for some incentive as they head into 2011.