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Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach

Chicago’s defensive coaching staff has a new hire!

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official, the Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Chris Rumph as their new defensive line coach. He spent the 2020 season coaching outside linebackers with the Houston Texans, but his coaching resume stretches back more than two decades.

Aaron Wilson, who covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle, says that Rumph is “highly regarded” and is “known for his knowledge and development of players.”

That development shined with all the players he worked with during his time coaching in the college ranks, several of which went on to play professionally.

Here are all the stops on Rumph’s coaching journey.

  • Houston Texans, 2020: Outside linebackers coach
  • University of Tennessee, 2018-2019: Co-defensive coordinator, outside linebackers coach
  • University of Florida, 2015-2017: Defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator, defensive line coach
  • University of Texas, 2014: Assistant head coach for defense/defensive line coach
  • University of Alabama, 2011-2013: Defensive line coach
  • Clemson University, 2006-2010: Defensive line coach, defensive ends coach
  • University of Memphis, 2003-2005: Outside linebackers coach
  • South Carolina State, 2002: Defensive backs coach
  • Calhoun County High School, 1997-2001: Head coach
  • University of South Carolina, 1997: Graduate assistant

Here’s a clip of Rumph from 2014 with the Longhorns.

The Bears still have five open spots from last year’s staff to fill, outside linebackers coach, inside linebackers coach, safeties coach, running back coach, and passing game coordinator.

As I mentioned yesterday, Bill Shuey, who is their pass rush analyst/assistant linebackers coach, is a likely candidate to get a promotion to one of the linebacker roles. He coached the linebackers for three years with the Eagles.

Mike Singletary, whom the Bears interviewed for their defensive coordinator position, could also be in play for their inside linebacker coaching job.