Lovie Smith has heavy hitters on his coaching staff this season. Three of his coaches have head coaching experience, and that includes considerable experience with Sunday's foe, the Detroit Lions.
Their experience is exactly what Smith is hoping will right the ship for the Bears. In the past three seasons, the team has been the picture of mediocrity, and Smith knows that he needs to change that.
With all three coaches, he is bolstered by their experience with the NFL. Marinelli and Tice both understand the unique pressures of the NFC North, while Martz brings in an offense that is suited to the Bears franchise quarterback, Jay Cutler.