Jauron's Extension not Imminent

General manager Jerry Angelo admitted he may have exaggerate two weeks ago when he said head coach Dick Jauron's contract extension required only dotting the I's and crossing the T's.

Negotiations between Jauron's agent, Don Yee, and the club have stalled over money and philosophical issues, Angelo said.

"I used 'dotting the I's and crossing the T's' as a figure of speech because I feel very strongly that we're going to get the deal done," said Angelo, who does not have a timetable for finalizing an extended contract. "My motives have never changed or wavered. I've extended Dick's assistants (whose contracts were up after the 2001 season) to three-year deals - that's not the norm - it's more like two years. I think three is a real vote of confidence (for Jauron)."

Secondary coach Vance Bedford, offensive and defensive quality control assistants Chuck Bullough and Charlie Coiner, running backs coach Earle Mosley and offensive line coach Bob Wylie have signed the extensions, which give the assistants the same contract expiration as Angelo through 2004 season.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache has agreed to the terms of his deal, but he and the Bears await league approval on a piece of language in the contract.

Angelo said the delay in Blache's signing is not tied to Jauron's lack of an extension.

"That's a whole different issue," Angelo said. "There's no correlation. We've agreed to financial terms with Greg."

John Shoop has yet to be offered an extension beyond his current deal, which expires in 2002.

Angelo announced on Christmas Eve that Jauron would return for the final year of his contract of a four-year contract paying him $1million annually and negotiations for an extension would begin at the conclusion of the 2001 season.

However, almost two months have passed since the announcement and over the Bears season ended on January 19.

"Maybe I embellished and maybe I shouldn't have done that, but I'm very confident we're going to get things done," Angelo said. "The success of the organization is contingent on our relationship."

In his current deal Jauron has control of the 53-man roster. One reason a deal hasn't been finalized is a report Angelo wants the final say on the 53-man roster as well as on Jauron's assistants.

''You can look at it [like Jauron is being asked to give something back], but when Dick came in, the hierarchy was different,'' Angelo said. ''I'm not looking to have more control than the head coach because I'm very sensitive to the fact Dick and his staff have control over who plays on Sunday. As we did when we went to camp, we jointly walked through every matter made on personnel. I believe that's what it is about."

Angelo dismissed rumors that he doesn't want Jauron has his coach.

"That's a bunch of crap," Angelo said. "That's just creating snakes in people's heads. My guy wins football games and my guy's a team guy. Dick answered the bell on both those accounts."

Although, Angelo will have more of a say on the final roster than Mark Hatley did in the past. But Angelo said personnel decisions won't become an issue of power; they'll be arrived at as a team.

"That's very much a part of some organizations' structures," Angelo said. "It's shared control and decision-making that we do jointly. There's a trust factor.

"I told Dick, 'I can't do it without you, and you can't do it without me. My intent is not to steal control away from Dick. We want Dick to be our coach for a long time."

The Bears continue to work on an extension for Jauron, who was named NFL Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 13-3 record and its first division championship since 1990. The 13-win season evened Jauron's career record at 24-24.

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