Changing of the guard

While Lovie Smith was being hired to replace Dick Jauron as the Bears' head coach, some of Jauron's assistants were making the rounds.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache interviewed for the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while quarterbacks coach Greg Olson spoke with Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci about a job in Motown.

Blache is not considered the favorite for the Steelers' job, which is expected to go to Dick LeBeau, who coached there from 1992-96, including the last two years as defensive coordinator. LeBeau was the Buffalo Bills' assistant head coach last season and the Cincinnati Bengals head coach for three years before that.

Olson, was Mariucci's quarterbacks coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2001, and he expects a to receive a job offer from Mariucci Thursday. But Olson said he would also talk with Bears GM Jerry Angelo today to determine if Lovie Smith is interested in retaining him to continue his work with quarterback Rex Grossman.

Mike Sweatman, the Bears' special-teams coach the past three seasons, was named the New York Giants' special teams coordinator by new head coach Tom Coughlin on Wednesday.

Sweatman, 56, was the Giants' special-teams coach from 1985-92 under Bill Parcells and Ray Handley. Sweatman has been to three Super Bowls, winning two with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, the latter when Coughlin was a member of the coaching staff.

"When I was there before, the coaches were sitting around a conference table and the subject of statistics came up," Sweatman said. "Len Fontes, who coached the defensive backs, was quoting a league statistic that made his group look good. Bill (Parcells) told Len what he could do with statistics. He told him that winning is the only stat that counts. I think that is what Tom (Coughlin) is all about."

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