Smith has led some tough defenses with the Bears, but could be asked to convert his cover-2 defense to the 3-4 defense that we like to run. Or Smith can look at the roster and feel that we have the pieces to run his style. If he does decide to convert, John Pagano would be kept on to help him through the transition. Telesco is used to that cover-2 defense while he was with the Colts.
The biggest question with Lovie would be his ability to help Philip Rivers and the offense. He never had a standout offense in Chicago. He stuck by the side of Rex Grossman at QB and even went to the Super Bowl with him, but his offense has always been the struggling point. Even when given a quarterback like Jay Cutler, who has all the talent, couldn’t get that team going in the right direction. Jay is as dumb as a box though.
Who could Lovie bring in to be the offensive coordinator of the team? There has been talk that he could bring his friend Hue Jackson over from Cincinnati to be the OC. Another head coaching candidate, Mike Zimmer, also may want to bring in Jackson.
Lovie has a career 81-63 record. He knows how to win. He hasn’t win the big game yet, but he has an impressive track record.