Smith Makes Another Hire

After former assistant special teams coach Charlie Coiner left the Bears to pursue other options, Lovie Smith had to decide whether or not the position needed to be filled. The verdict came on Tuesday in the form of hiring Kevin O'Dea.

The veteran of 12 seasons as an NFL assistant comes to Chicago after spending the previous two seasons as the special teams coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

O'Dea began his NFL career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers as an assistant on defense and special teams. The Williamsport, Pa. native spent two years in Southern California before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six years. With the Bucs, O'Dea was a defensive assistant from 1996-2000 and an offensive assistant in 2001. He worked with Smith during his time in Tampa. He then spent 2002-03 as the special teams assistant with the Detroit Lions before taking over the special teams in Arizona in 2004.

Last year with the Cardinals he helped kicker Neil Rackers become a Pro Bowler. He set an NFL record for most field goals in a season with 42 while tying for third-longest streak in league history with 31 consecutive field goal conversions.

A wide receiver and defensive back at Lock Haven University, O'Dea spent eight seasons as a collegiate assistant prior to jumping to the NFL.


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