The Chicago Bears are set to coach the North squad at this years Senior Bowl, with practices to start on January 24th, 2017. So it would makes sense for them to go into that game with a full coaching staff. On Monday the Bears filled their vacant offensive line coaching job and today they added a new running backs coach to their staff.
Adam Caplan of ESPN is reporting that the Bears are hiring Curtis Modkins to serve as their running backs coach. Modkins was the offensive coordinator last year for the San Francisco 49ers, and he previously worked as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills from 2010–2012. Even though the Niners limped to a 2 win season in 2016, their running game ranked 5th in attempts and 4th in yards. Modkins’ Buffalo rushing offenses improved in yards all three years he was calling plays there.
His other NFL coaching experience all came as a RB coach, with the Detroit Lions (2013–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2009) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2008). He started coaching in 1995 at his alma mater, TCU and throughout his collegiate coaching career, he worked with the secondary, tight ends and running backs.