The Bears special teams is having another standout season, and Smith highlighted the importance of key players on that unit Wednesday.
"They know --- and I'm talking about our core special teams players --- that they've led the charge for us to win a lot of games around here and that we're going to call on them again," Smith said.
Kicker Robbie Gould, who signed a six-year extension in 2008, said he hopes long snapper Patrick Mannelly and punter Brad Maynard get new deals, too.
Mannelly, 35, and Maynard, 36, both have contracts that expire after this season. Maynard also serves as holder for Gould on field goals and extra points.
In talking about his solid season, Gould said, "The biggest thing is just having the drive and knowing you're confident enough to go out there with the great guys you have around you making your job that much easier.
"Brad and Pat both deserve deals," Gould said. "They're up at the end of the year and I'm hoping they take care of them, because they're deserving of a new deal. They've been around and we've had a lot of success around here and hopefully that doesn't go undone.
"Because my success is based on what everybody else does."
Maynard hasn't had a banner year. Although he has landed 17 punts inside the 20, the Bears are ranked 31st in gross punting average and 27th in net punting average.