Biggs: Now, Bears must hire defensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears completed what general manager Jerry Angelo said would be their most important decision in more than six years when they hired offensive coordinator Mike Martz on Monday.

Now, they will get to go about the not so insignificant task of finding a defensive coordinator, the third defensive coordinator in three seasons for the team. The Bears have not been the same on defense since their Super Bowl season of 2006 when Lovie Smith ran off Ron Rivera in order to promote longtime friend Bob Babich. He held the post for two seasons before Smith assumed total control of the defense last season. The Bears have gotten progressively worse on that side of the ball, and now it appears Smith may be looking internally for a replacement when some believe fresh ideas from the outside are needed.

"We're going to bring someone in from the outside and we're going to go from there,” Smith said on Jan. 5 when asked about the possibility of promoting defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

Asked Monday if he was still looking outside the organization, Smith spun a different story: “Keeping all options open right now."

Sounds like he’s reversed fields, doesn’t it?

Perry Fewell turned the Bears down on Jan. 14 when he picked the New York Giants over the Bears. He worked with Smith previously with the Rams and Bears and has experience with the Tampa Two scheme. If there is another candidate with those specific qualifications, he’s not known.

Now, Smith could turn to Marinelli, who has never been a defensive coordinator previously, or defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, who was a coordinator for three seasons under Steve Spurrier at Florida.

Or he could stick with his original plan to go outside the team and find a good fit with some fresh ideas.

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