Lovie Smith has always said he’ll happily help an assistant on his staff in efforts to climb the coaching ladder, and three Bears assistants are off getting some enrichment on their own at a symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week.
Defensive coordinator Bob Babich, special teams coordinator Dave Toub and quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton are attending the convention. It’s a good place to press the flesh and meet people. General managers, owners and other decision makers are on hand. Seeds have been planted for advancement at these career-building meetings for years. It’s where Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was first introduced to his first-year head coach John Harbaugh.
Babich advanced into the role as defensive coordinator last season after being promoted to assistant head coach in 2006. Toub is entering his fifth season as special teams coordinator. Hamilton will be in his second season as the quarterbacks coach.