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Lloyd Lee, New Linebackers Coach

The Bears have filled the void left by linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson leaving after one year in that position.  They hired Lloyd Lee.  Lee was an assistant coach dealing mostly with the nickel backs for the last four years.

Lee assisted then-linebacker coach Bob Babich in 2006 after serving as a defensive quality-control coach for his first two years on staff. He turned down an interview before the '06 season with the Buffalo Bills, who were interested in hiring him as a linebackers coach. Lee previously worked for three years as a pro scout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent time as a safety with the San Diego Chargers from 1998 to '99 after a distinguished career at Dartmouth.

The Bears also hired Eric Washington from Northwestern to serve as assistant defensive line coach.