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Report: Bears hire Mike Adams as assistant defensive backs coach

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According to Adam Hoge, who works for WGN and NBC Sports Chicago, the Chicago Bears are hiring Mike Adams as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Adams retired from the NFL last March after 16 years as a player, his last coming with the Houston Texans. This will be his first coaching role, and he essentially replaces the spot vacated when safeties coach Sean Desai was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Adams, a two-time Pro Bowler, was originally an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. He also played for the Browns, Broncos, Colts and Panthers in his career, and during that time he started 149 of the 228 games he appeared in.

The 39-year old Adams played collegiately at Delaware with current Chicago head Coach Matt Nagy in 1999 and 2000.

He’ll assist secondary coach Deshea Townsend, who was also a long time NFL player before joining the league’s coaching ranks. Townsend played from 1998 to 2010, then started coaching in 2011, so Adams’ path is similar to the one Townsend took.