Strange Happenings in Chicago
What, exactly, are the Chicago Bears doing?
Do the people running the show inside Halas Hall realize the team just reached the Super Bowl and, if not for the erratic play of quarterback Rex Grossman, might have won it?
This is a time for stability.
Instead, the team's upper management still has not signed Coach Lovie Smith to a longterm contract extension. He was the league's lowest-paid head coach this past season with a salary of $1.35 million. He has one season remaining on his contract and the Bears have negotiated with him but haven't completed a deal.
By waiting as long as they did to get serious in negotiations with Smith, the Bears lost all leverage. He's a Super Bowl coach now. He's had consecutive excellent seasons. He's one of the best coaches in the league. It's time for the Bears to stop messing around and give him a contract worthy of his status.
But Smith isn't blameless, either, if it's true that, as he and Ron Rivera said Monday, it was Smith's decision not to renew Rivera's contract as the club's defensive coordinator.
How much of the credit for the Bears' success on defense over the past couple seasons should go to Smith, a former defensive coordinator in St. Louis, and how much should go to Rivera?
All you need to know is that things were working just fine and nothing should have changed.
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