Biggs: Bears WR coach Drake in mix at Western Kentucky

Lovie Smith has done about all the firing he’s going to be able to do on the defensive side of the ball when it comes to his coaching staff.

Smith, in his sixth season, is on his fourth line coach, fourth secondary coach and he’s made three moves with his linebackers coach as well. The offensive staff has pretty much remained in tact, but that could soon change as coordinator Ron Turner is coming under scrutiny with the Bears 4-6 and Jay Cutler looking seemingly broken. One assistant has a possibility elsewhere. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake is believed to be in the mix for the head coaching job that opened up at Western Kentucky when the school announced two weeks ago that David Elson would not return.

Drake played for the Hilltoppers and began his coaching career there in 1983. He’s made stops in the college ranks at Georgia, Baylor and Texas, becoming an associate head coach for the Longhorns before Smith hired him as an original member of his staff in 2004.

Others in the mix for the job reportedly include Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, Stanford running backs coach Willie Taggart, another former Western Kentucky player, and Alabama offensive coordinator Joe McElwain. Petrino is the brother of Arkansas coach and former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino.

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