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Bears promote Hurtt to OLB coach; send two quality control coaches packing

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 27th, 2015 at 1:55 PM EST

The Chicago Bears continue to make changes to their coaching staff. The team has announced a promotion from the previous coaching staff.

In addition, the team announced that two members of Marc Trestman’s coaching staff will not return. Offensive quality control coaches Carson Walch and Brendan Nugent will not return.

Clint Hurtt (Photo by the Chicago Bears)

Clint Hurtt (Photo by the Chicago Bears)

However, Clint Hurtt has been promoted to outside linebackers coach on new head coach John Fox’s staff. In 2014 on Trestman’s staff, he was the assistant defensive line coach.

During last season, the team had 39 sacks, which is eight more than they had before he arrived. In addition, 35 of the 39 came from defensive lineman.

Willie Young was the biggest benefactor as he had a career-high 10 sacks. In his previous four years with the Detroit Lions, he had just six sacks.

Young is also the second player since 1982 to have double-figure sacks in his first year with the team.

Jeremiah Ratliff had 6.5 sacks, while Stephen Paea had a career-high six sacks. Ego Ferguson, a rookie, had two sacks, and three pass break-ups.

Before coming to the NFL, Hurtt spent 13 years as an assistant coach in the college ranks. He came to the Bears from the Louisville Cardinals, where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator from 2010 through 2013.

He also worked as a defensive line coach at the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes from 2006 through 2009. He worked with the Florida International Golden Panthers program in 2005, after his first stint with the Hurricanes from 2001 through 2004.

He began his rise from a volunteer strength and conditioning coach, then was a graduate assistant in 2003 and 2004.


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