New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox has been busily filling out his coaching staff in his first week on the job; new Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers was hired on Monday, Vic Fangio was announced as the new Defensive Coordinator on Tuesday (along with three more assistants from Fox's time with the Denver Broncos), new Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and assistant DBs coach Ed Donatell arrived on Wednesday, and yesterday saw a new TEs coach and a strength and conditioning coach.
As Lester noted earlier today, "The Bears still have a determination to make in regards to some holdover coaches. They still list Marc Trestman's assistant positional coaches for running backs, linebackers, defensive line, wide receivers and quarterbacks." Not long ago, two new coaches were announced by the team's official twitter account:
#Bears have added 2 more position coaches, reaching agreements with Dowell Loggains (QBs) & Glenn Pires (LBs).— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 24, 2015
Loggains arrives from the Cleveland Browns, where 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel famously texted him during the NFL draft urging the Browns to draft him so he (Manziel) could wreck the league... by which he seems to have meant himself and possibly the short-term future of the franchise, if nearly 20 Browns sources are to be believed. So it wasn't all Loggain's fault.
Before that he was with the Tennessee Titans for eight seasons, and was even the subject of a request - ultimately denied by the Titans - from the Bears to interview to be their QBs coach/passing game coordinator in 2012, with Jay Cutler having reportedly wanted him as far back as 2010 after Pep Hamilton was fired; Loggains is said to have a strong relationship with Cutler and, according to Jon Greenberg's article, the Bears QB would welcome a coach who wouldn't be afraid to challenge him.
Pires has spent the last seven seasons coaching the Atlanta Falcons' linebackers, and before that served in coaching roles on the defenses of the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions; among the Pro Bowlers he worked with during his time with the Dolphins was future Bears free agent signing Adewale Ogunleye. He'll be charged with getting the most out of the Bears' young corps of Shea McClellin, Jon Bostic, Christian Jones, and possibly Khaseem Greene. He may even be working with some or all of David Bass, Cornelius Washington, Lamarr Houston, and Jared Allen, depending on how the Bears' defense changes.
For more on the most recent hires, see Larry Mayer's article here; share your thoughts below.