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Updated: Bears will have 4 assistants coaching at the Senior Bowl

The Bears will have coaching representation at the Senior Bowl again this year.

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UPDATE: On Thursday the Senior Bowl announced that Kenny Norton III, who is a coaching assistant on staff with the Bears, would be coaching the defensive backs on the American Team along with Justin Hamilton of the Tennessee Titans.

UPDATE 2: On Friday, the Bears hired former Seattle assistant QB coach Kerry Joseph as their new QB coach, and Joseph was already named as the QB coach for the American Team at the Senior Bowl.

The Bears have a fourth coach in Mobile because somehow I missed that their assistant d-line coach Justin Hinds is the American Team defensive line coach.


On Monday, the Senior Bowl announced that Chicago Bears assistant coach Jim Dray would be one of the offensive line coaches for the National Team along with Chris Cook of the Arizona Cardinals.

The 2024 season will be Dray’s second in Chicago as their tight ends coach, and his previous three years coaching in the NFL were as an offensive quality control coach (Cleveland in 2019 and Arizona from 2020 to 2021).

Dray will get a good look at several offensive linemen the Bears could be interested in, including centers Jackson Powers-Johnson (Oregon), Tanor Bortolini (Wisconsin), and Kingsley Eguakun (Florida).

Having Dray work with this talented group of offensive linemen is an advantage for the Bears and will provide valuable intel to General Manager Ryan Poles.

If you recall, Chicago’s coaching staff got a good look at Tennessee right tackle Darnell Wright last year and then selected him in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Bears will also have three coaches at the East-West Shrine Bowl (February 1) as special teams coordinator Richard Hightower will be the East’s head coach, linebackers coach David Borgonzi will be his defensive coordinator, and assistant strength and conditioning coach Pierre Ngo will be there as well.

The Senior Bowl will occur on Saturday, February 3, at noon CT.