Lovie Smith safe through 2012

Updated: July 27, 2012, 11:22 PM ET

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Friday that when Phil Emery was promoted to general manager, he was told Lovie Smith would be the coach for 2012, but Emery would have the freedom to make a change after that.

Smith's contract runs through 2013, and he's entering a season when expectations are high after the Bears made several offseason acquisitions, including that of Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.

"Lovie has said there's pressure every year to win. That's just ...

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