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Chicago Bears finalize 2021 coaching staff

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While there has been no official announcement from the Chicago Bears, in their recent article about Ryan Pace’s press conference on the team’s website, senior writer Larry Mayer wrote that the Bears have finalized head coach Matt Nagy’s 2021 coaching staff.

Here’s how Nagy and the Bears will head into the next season.

Returning Assistants

  • Offensive coordinator - Bill Lazor
  • Offensive line - Juan Castillo
  • Assistant offensive line – Donovan Raiola
  • Tight ends - Clancy Barone
  • Wide receivers - Mike Furrey
  • Offensive assistant – Mike Harris
  • Secondary – Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive quality control – Shane Toub
  • Defensive quality control – Ronell Williams
  • Special teams coordinator - Chris Tabor
  • Assistant special teams – Brian Ginn
  • Strength and conditioning – Jason Loscalzo
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Casey Kramer
  • Head athletic trainer – Andre Tucker

Returning Assistants in new roles

  • Defensive Coordinator - Sean Desai

“The thing that I really like about Sean is the conviction and confidence he has and the way that he’s gotten to this point right now. He’s really, really smart, but he’s really, really football smart, too.” ~ Matt Nagy on Sean Desai

  • Outside linebackers – Bill Shuey
  • Pass game coordinator/quarterbacks – John DeFilippo
  • Offensive quality control/assistant quarterbacks – Mike Snyder
  • Assistant wide receivers - Chris Jackson
  • Offensive quality control – Henry Burris

“He’s the most positive guy I know, and it’s infectious. He fits right in with our coaches.” ~ Bears SVP and general counsel Cliff Stein on Henry Burris

New Assistants

  • Senior defensive assistant – Mike Pettine

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for the way that he does things. Coming in with the first-year coordinator in Sean Desai, what I thought was beautiful about our conversations, the three of us, was that there’s just zero ego involved the whole way through. So coach Pettine really is here [to be] a sounding board for Sean and him to be able to ask questions when he has an idea or thought, or confirmation.” ~ Matt Nagy on Mike Pettine

  • Defensive line – Chris Rumph
  • Inside linebackers – Bill McGovern
  • Assistant defensive backs – Mike Adams

“As a player who’s able to be resilient and endure through this league and survive and play at a high level, I think that first-hand experience is valuable and that complements me, right?” ~ Sean Desai on Mike Adams

  • Running backs – Michael Pitre
  • Offensive analyst/special projects – Tom Herman

“I think just as much as he can help us out with similar things on offense like coach Pettine will for the defense, they can cross over. Tom Herman can be a help to Sean Desai and Pettine can be a help to us. He brings the element of the college game too, whether it’s in evaluating or whether it’s schematically.” ~ Matt Nagy on Tom Herman

  • Assistant strength – Anthony Hibbert

Nagy lost a few assistants from his 2020 staff, with Chuck Pagano retiring, Pierre Ngo not being retained, Dave Ragone becoming the offensive coordinator in Atlanta, Charles London being hired as the QB coach for the Falcons, Ted Moncchino joining Atlanta’s staff as their outside linebacker coach, Jay Rodgers becoming the Chargers run game coordinator/outside linebackers coach, and Mark DeLeone getting hired by the Lions to be their inside linebackers coach.

After going 12-4 in Nagy’s first year on the job, the Bears have gone 8-8 in each of the last two seasons. Will this coaching staff be able to get them back above .500?