Finding the right mix on special teams? That's more tricky.
"I don't think there's going to be a whole lot of differences in terms of playing offense and defense," Smith said Tuesday. "I think the biggest challenge is that a lot of these guys have not been involved in special teams. ... We have a plan for that."
The Pro Bowl has returned to its island home, a place where many players believed it never should have left.
Despite player complaints about holding the event in a city they visit during the regular season, the NFL shipped the all-star game to Miami last year. It also was scheduled before the Super Bowl, an experiment to draw more media attention and television viewers.
Hawaii, which started staging the game in 1980, is paying $4 million per game to hold the Pro Bowl this year and 2012. The site beyond then hasn't been determined.
"Our fans have clearly responded to the change in the format," said Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. "We think it's great for the NFL. We think it's great for the state of Hawaii."
Anderson said the NFL was "delighted to be back here" and talked about the strong TV ratings in Miami.
"We had 12.3 million viewers in 2010, (but) we certainly expect to surpass that this year back in beautiful Hawaii," he said.
"It's a pleasure to be here in Hawaii," Smith said. "I know I speak for our coaching staff: There's no better place on earth than to be in Honolulu this week."
Smith probably would have traded his ticket to the Aloha State for one to the Lone Star State.
Joining Smith and Belichick will be two college coaches from Japan.
Both teams will have Japanese coaches as the NFL and Hawaii tries to broaden the game's appeal in Asia. Ritsumeikan University coach Akira Yonekura will be on the NFC sideline, and Waseda University offensive line coach Hiroyuki Yabe will be on the AFC's coaching staff.
Football is played at some colleges in Japan, but it lags far behind in popularity to sports such as baseball, soccer and sumo.
Yabe was just eager to meet his new boss, Belichick, and learn how to "put together a strong team and win."
"(When I heard it was Belichick) I started foaming at the mouth. I didn't know what to say," Yabe said through a translator. "He is one of the top coaches in the NFL. This is a fantastic opportunity."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press