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posted: 10/30/2012 5:30 AM

Should Bears extend Lovie Smith's contract now?

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  • With a 6-1 record, things are looking up for Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who is in line for a contract extension after this season.

    With a 6-1 record, things are looking up for Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who is in line for a contract extension after this season.
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You know it's your year when you are losing 19-7 like the Chicago Bears were on Sunday, and you end up winning the game.

I said the Bears would have a difficult time maintaining an average of three turnovers per game each week, but they are doing it.

As I watch the NFL, I am wondering if the Bears should give Lovie an extension now.

It could be a lot worse for Bears fans. Everyone's talking about coaches in trouble such as Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers, Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers or Jason Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys.

How about the coaches turning in solid performances with their teams such as Lovie Smith or Tom Coughlin with the New York Giants, Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons, and Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans? It seems like they don't get any pub if they get the job done.

The Bears may be in the toughest division in football -- the NFC North. Right now, the Bears lead the Green Bay Packers by two games, but the Pack is lurking. Minnesota is 5-3 and Detroit is close to 500.

The Bears don't seem concerned; they are strutting right now and should be. There still is plenty of work to do, but the Bears are riding high.

Good bye, Ozzie:

Well I was wrong about my guy Ozzie Guillen. I said once his relationship with the White Sox went south that he would only last two years in Miami. It actually took only one dismal year for the controversial manager to be escorted out of his adopted hometown of Miami.

Ozzie sealed his fate there after his comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The Marlins still have to pay Guillen $7.5 million over three more years, but it might be awhile before the outspoken Guillen gets a job as a manager.

Will a major TV station take a chance with Ozzie? It seems to me Bobby Valentine would be the safer choice to do TV. But really, neither is a good bet to be back in a major league uniform as a manager any time soon.

White Sox moves:

Congratulations to Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn and Howard Pizer on their recent promotions with the White Sox.

All the guys at the local diner gave Williams a solid "B" for his years as general manager. The World Series was the clincher, but one championship and only one other playoff appearance has to be disappointing for the fiery and competitive Williams.

The word is he's going to be proactive with the fan base. The boys and me will wait and see.

Hahn and Williams work well together, and the White Sox didn't want him going anywhere else.

As for Pizer he's the man! He is a bright light in a dark room. So far, all the moves have been predictable.

• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at For more, visit

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