Biggs: Bears believe they'll attract top coaches

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—The Bears essentially fired six coaches early today in order to get rid of one man, offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

They also announced that head coach Lovie Smith is now the latest ex-defensive coordinator for the Bears. He will step down from the role he took on last January, putting the club in line for its third defensive coordinator in four seasons.

Now, the organization must hire seven new coaches for what can’t be the most attractive landing spot in the league. For starters, the Bears are 23-25 in the last three seasons and with two years remaining on his contract, Smith is essentially under a win-or-else mandate.

"I know there will be that perception (that Smith is a lame-duck coach),’’ general manager Jerry Angelo said. ``I'm not naive to think that that won't be. I do not foresee us having problems in getting coaches. In fact I don't really see us going out to recruit coaches and have to tell them to come to Chicago. I think given the fact that we feel very confident that we're going to win and given the fact that we are here in Chicago, I think we are going to have a bevy of coaches wanting to be here. And I feel that sincerely.’’

Working with quarterback Jay Cutler will likely be appealing to several coaches, Mike Martz and Charlie Weis included. But who wants to come run the defense that has slipped so dramatically since Ron Rivera was run off after Super Bowl XLI? Who wants to step in and be the defensive coordinator for Smith, the ex-defensive coordinator, who has another former defensive coordinator on the staff in linebackers coach Bob Babich, and the assistant head coach overseeing the defense in Rod Marinelli? Perry Fewell, who coached defensive backs under Smith in 2005, is believed to be a target.

Smith bristled at the idea the Bears would have a tough time getting top coaches to come on board.

“How are we going to convince someone to come here?’’ Smith said. “Believe me, people will want to come here. Coaches don’t deal in long-term commitments and things like that. It’s about getting the job done right away. There will be a lot of candidates that will come and want to be a part of what we’re going to do next year.”

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