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New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has had a busy first few of weeks on the job filling up his coaching staff. Here's a run down of where they stand on the hires.
As part of the "New and Improved" Windy City Gridiron, we have these newfangled things called Story Streams that allow us to group all like minded articles together. The story streams are a little more focused that our Sections drop down menu, but if your looking for something in particular that drop down menu is a good place to start.
Once Marc Trestman was hired we created a story stream to group all the coaching hires together. Some of those articles were a run down of the new coaches bios, some were an Xs and Os look at what Bears fans can expect from the new staff, and some were simply press release type informative posts from the Chicago Bears. You can access that full story stream here if you want a timeline of the last month.
For more info on Trestman, you can click here, and for more on the assistant coaches just click on the link that is included in their coaching title.
The Chicago Bears offensive coaching staff is as follows;
Aaron Kromer - Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line - While with his last employer, the New Orleans Saints, Kromer worked as a running backs coach, and as an offensive line / running game coach.
Pat Meyer - Assistant Offensive Line - Last year in Montreal, Meyer held the same title as Kromer does with the Bears this season.
Matt Cavanaugh - Quarterbacks - Cavanaugh was the Bears offensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998, working under Dave Wannstedt, and the legendary Moses Moreno started a game at QB for him in '98.
Andy Bischoff - Tight Ends - The last five years Bischoff was with the running backs coach in Montreal.
Skip Peete - Running Backs - In 2009 the Dallas running backs rushed for the 10th best yards per carry in the history of the NFL with Peete as their coach.
Carson Walch - Offensive Quality Control - Last year Walch was WR coach for Trestman in Montreal.
Brendan Nugent - Offensive Quality Control - In 2012 Nugent was a special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach in Montreal.
The Bears are still looking for the right guy to task with coaching up the wide outs;
Trestman: "I think we are close to a resolution" in terms of hiring a wide receivers coach.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) February 14, 2013
The Chicago Bears defensive coaching staff is as follows;
Mel Tucker - Defensive Coordinator - Tucker is already on record saying that he will retain the terminology and scheme from Rod Marinelli.
Jon Hoke - Defensive Backs - Hoke will begin his 5th season with Chicago
Mike Phair - Defensive Line - 2013 will be Phair's 3rd year with the Bears.
Michael Sinclair - Assistant Defensive Line - Besides coaching from 2005-2012, Sinclair played 11 seasons in the NFL, being named to the Pro Bowl three times.
Tim Tibesar - Linebackers - Besides his experience coaching linebackers, Tibesar also has worked as defensive coordinator, tight ends coach, and as special teams coordinator.
Sean Desai - Defensive Quality Control - Last year Desai was the running backs / special teams coach for Boston College.
Chris Harris - Defensive Quality Control - Harris was notorious for his film work while a player in the NFL, and his experience with the Lovie regime and with new D.C. Mel Tucker will help ease the transition for the current players.
The Chicago Bears special teams and strength and conditioning staff is as follows;
Joe DeCamillis - Special Teams Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach - DeCamillis brings 25 years of NFL coaching experience with him to the Bears, and was interviewed this off season for the head coaching vacancy in Chicago.
Dwayne Stukes - Assistant Special Teams - Stukes is a 4 year NFL vet as a player, and in 2011 he was the Buccaneers Special teams Coordinator.
Mike Clark - Strength and Conditioning Coordinator - Clark is a member of the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.
Jim Arthur - Strength and Conditioning - 2013 will be Arthur's 9th year in Chicago.
There's been a spattering of Bears fans that have been complaining about the lack of NFL experience with the current staff, and griping that there's too much of a CFL influence at Halas Hall. For those of you that are still holding onto this belief, I direct you to the Sun Times article written by Mark Potash from January 22:
...seven of the nine coaches Trestman hired have a combined 103 years of NFL experience, including 80 at the position they were hired to coach.
...it's in stark contrast to Lovie Smith's first staff in 2004. His 16 assistants had a combined 29 years of NFL experience and only nine years of experience at the position they were hired to coach.