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Smith will call defensive plays

Updated: January 14, 2009, 8:56 AM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith will take over defensive play-calling responsibilities from defensive coordinator Bob Babich next season as part of a shakeup of the team's coaching staff.

"I'm excited about taking a more hands-on approach to helping our defense get back to where it was," Smith said Tuesday.

Babich, who came under heavy criticism last year, will retain the defensive coordinator title but will take on the responsibilities of coaching linebackers. ...

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