Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News pens a story today detailing the number of head coaches throughout the league that will add play-calling responsibilities to their duties this season.
Lovie Smith is one of 10 head coaches that will do double duty, if you will. That number could grow bigger. Todd Haley has not announced the chain-of-command in Kansas City as of yet and the ex-Bears wide receivers coach could call offensive plays. Seven of them are on offense. Play callers in New England and Seattle have yet to be determined. Smith is joined by Dallas' Wade Phillips and the New York Jets' Rex Ryan.
*** Here is a team that is going to be competing with the Bears for a safety--New England. Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have or will get together with Western Michigan's Louis Delmas, Oregon's Patrick Chung and Missouri's William Moore. New England is reported to have also checked out Wake Forest's Chip Vaughn.
The Patriots have a great deal of flexibility. They own four of the top 58 picks in the draft--23rd, 34th (Chiefs), 47th (Chargers) and 58th. The Patriots also have two third-round picks--89th and 97th (the first compensatory draft pick). That provides Bill Belichick with a wealth of options.
*** ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert takes a look at the Bears' draft situation here. He suggests Missouri's Jeremy Maclin could potentially be on the board when the Bears choose at No. 18.