Ah, mortality. Smith is at a point in his life and his career when it is natural for men to ponder such things.
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Ditka was hired by George Halas; fired by his grandson Michael McCaskey.
Smith was hired by McCaskey and Jerry Angelo; now brother George McCaskey and Phil Emery are in charge.
Eventually, this may be a problem for Smith as it was for Ditka.
But if he gets the team he believes is his best to perform close to expectations, it's not going to be a problem for at least the next three seasons.
Smith sure appears to be buying himself time.
I am no expert in palmistry, but I think I know a long life line when I see one.
The coach of the Bears? He has one.