Bears coach Lovie Smith is holding a teleconference at this moment, addressing changes that have been made to his staff in the beginning of the offseason.
We will have a complete breakdown and analysis when it is over. Some key points already:
*** He said a nine-win team is going to the Super Bowl, proof the Bears are not far away after a 9-7 season.
*** Said he is excited about the additions to the staff, and said the offensive coaching staff will remain in tact.
*** Smith said Rod Marinelli will be the assistant head coach and work with the defensive line, as we know.
Bob Babich will continue to be the defensive coordinator, and he will also be the linebackers coach. That means the staff was completed today when Jon Hoke was named secondary coach.
*** Gill Byrd will remain the assistant secondary coach. Eric Washington will remain the assistant defensive line coach.
*** Smith said with Babich working with the linebackers that Smith will help coordinate the defense, and he will be more involved this season.
"I'm excited about taking a more hands-on approach," Smith said.
Check back soon for more details.