The connection between Smith and Hoke

January, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Thanks to Don of Chicago, who pointed out the link between Chicago coach Lovie Smith and his new defensive backs coach, Jon Hoke. (Initially, it wasn't clear where Smith and Hoke might have crossed paths during their professional careers.)

From a story on ChicagoBears.com:

Hoke first met Bears coach Lovie Smith a decade ago when Hoke was a defensive assistant at Florida and Smith was linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hoke and other college coaches were invited to Tampa Bay practices during the offseason.

"We would watch tape together and he was always very gracious with his time from a coaching standpoint," Hoke said. "He was always very accommodating."

Thanks again for the link, Don.

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