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Chris Harris returns to Bears as coach

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Chris Harris put an end to his playing days over the weekend.

It didn’t take him long to start the next phase of his career. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports that Harris will return to the Bears as part of Marc Trestman’s coaching staff. The former safety will serve as a defensive quality control assistant.

Harris had two different stints with the Bears as a player, starting his career with the team as a sixth-round pick in 2005 and ended after two seasons when he was traded to the Panthers. The two teams decided to reverse course in 2010 and Harris was dealt back to the Bears, who then released him during the 2011 season.

The Bears retained defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Mike Phair from the previous regime and they aren’t expected to radically depart from the system that worked pretty well under Lovie Smith. Harris knows that system and he played for defensive coordinator Mel Tucker in Jacksonville in 2012, which makes Chicago a good place for him to start his coaching career.

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9 Responses to “Chris Harris returns to Bears as coach”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    So this is what a real football organization does? Nice!

  2. larryboodry says: Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    Not sure what a defensive quality control assistant does, but I wish Harris well in his new position…And yeah, nice of the Bears to reward him in this manner.

  3. mialto says: Jan 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    Excellent move…now sign Urlacher to a 2 year deal and convert him to LB Coach!

  4. Christian says: Jan 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    Urlacher would be the worst coach imaginable.

  5. jadams2514 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:31 PM

    After listening to Harris on 670AM last week, it seemed like he was leaning toward the coaching route, even mentioning it in the interview, which was about the imminent hiring of Mel Tucker.

    Good luck to Chris, he seems like a very good football mind, and likes to do the ‘dirty work’ that this position will require.

  6. LilTmac2003 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:07 PM

    I like it.

    It seems that Phil Emery is using chemistry as his main element.

    Emery + Trestman hired Peete as their RBs coach. Peete had the same role w/ Raiders when Trestman was the offensive coordinator the year of the Superbowl.

    Emery + Trestman hired Cavanaugh as their QBs coach. Cavanaugh had the same role w/ Raiders when Trestman was the offensive coordinator the year of the Superbowl.

    Emery + Trestman hired Kromer as their o-line (and o-coordinator) coach. Kromer had the same role w/ Raiders when Trestman was the offensive coordinator the year of the Superbowl.

    Mel Tucker was hired as the defensive coordinator. He did a solid job w/ them Jags and should do even better with the Bears. Chris Harris also played for him in Jacksonville.

  7. beardown2489 says: Jan 28, 2013 9:07 PM

    Great hire. Lovie said once that this is the smartest football player he ever coached along with Mike Brown.
    Good for him ,

    Welcome back Mr Harris

  8. mazblast says: Jan 28, 2013 10:31 PM

    I keep asking and I keep not getting an answer. Offense or defense, what does a “quality control coach” DO besides walk around in shorts and scowl at the practicing players??

  9. cornsy87 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:14 AM

    mazblast says:
    Jan 28, 2013 10:31 PM
    I keep asking and I keep not getting an answer. Offense or defense, what does a “quality control coach” DO besides walk around in shorts and scowl at the practicing players??

    Quality Control (Offense/Defense) Coaches are responsible for breaking down the Offensive/Defensive side of the opposing team. They review film, break down common plays, and write extensive reports on whichever side of the ball they need to. Harris will break down the Offense each week. Additionally, he will shadow the Defensive line coach in order to gain more experience.

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