The Lovie Smith era is officially over in Chicago. As the 2013 NFL draft approaches, Marc Trestman, Inc. will conduct its first-ever draft and will begin to build around Smith's already established roster.
But as we must into this new era, it's important to not forget the last one. Smith was an incredible defensive coach who valued versatility and hard work. When analyzing his defensive rosters, this is obvious.
In this list, some choices were no-brainers, while others not so much. Smith's defensive backfields and linebacker corps were easily the strongest units, while the offensive line and receiving corps were not so dominant.
Smith coached the Bears for nine seasons and developed plenty of good players. Here are a few of them.
All statistics obtained from Pro-Football-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted.