Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was asked to “shed some light” on a report that both the Bears and head coach Lovie Smith were involved in contract talks.
“That’s an interesting word, light, because I kind of took that lighthearted when I heard it,” said Emery per the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I said, ‘Geez, even if that was true, when would we have gotten that done?’ Coach Smith is very focused on improving his team on a daily basis. All the things that he does in terms of myself, my mindset is with the personnel group and working with the coaches and making sure we have the right people on the roster on a daily basis, going out to colleges, doing visitations, getting ready for the next NFL draft,” Emery said. “There’s not enough hours in the day to have those kind of conversations.”
It sounds like Emery and Smith’s reps won’t be having any contract discussions until at least the offseason.
“There may be a situation where it’s to the club’s advantage and the player’s advantage to do something during the season, but my preference and most often that’s better to wait until the end of the year until you have a full evaluation in moving forward with that. That applies not only to our players but to our head coach and our coaching staff.”