GM Phil Emery made offensive repair expert one of the unofficial job requirements for the Bears next head coach after troubles under a coach from a defensive background. Eight of the first 13 candidates are from the other side of the ball from Smith.
Meanwhile, the Bears are not the only team leaning to reversing field.
It started with the Kansas City Chiefs firing longtime defensive fixture Romeo Crennel and replacing him with Andy Reid.
Smith is one of three candidates from the defensive side slated to interview for the head coach post with the Philadelphia Eagles, to replace longtime offensive guru Reid. The Eagles, whose chaos on defense dropped them to a tie for third-worst in points allowed last season, also have one candidate from special teams and three from backgrounds on offense.
CSNChicago.com previously laid out the Bears 2013 schedule. It includes: Philadelphia, where Smith is a candidate, and Cleveland, where Smiths name is in play now that flirtations with Oregons Chip Kelly are finished.