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Marc Trestman: Chris Harris wants to do the tough work in coaching

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New Bears head coach Marc Trestman wasn’t in Chicago during the four seasons when Chris Harris played safety for the Bears, and Trestman and Harris haven’t previously worked together in any capacity. But Trestman has hired Harris to be the Bears’ defensive quality control coach, and Trestman has been impressed with Harris’s approach to the job.

Trestman told the Chicago Tribune that Harris is “doing the tough work” as an assistant coach, and that Harris is eager to show he belongs as a coach.

“He wanted to learn how to be a coach from the ground up,” Trestman said. “He understands the defense very well. He understands what it’s like to be a player from a different perspective. He’ll have the respect of the players because a lot of them know him as a person. I’m excited for him because he wants to do it the right way. He doesn’t feel like he’s entitled to have more of a job than he has and he’s a great addition in terms of a communicator. He really adds value to our staff.”

Harris will coach some players who were his teammates a couple years ago, but he doesn’t think it will be hard for those players to adjust to viewing him as a coach, rather than a teammate.

“It’s an awesome thing that I can start my coaching career in the same place I started my playing career,” Harris said. “I would like to think I was pretty respected on the defensive side of the ball. There will be a little adjustment period where guys on the other side see me going into the coaches’ locker room, not the players’ locker room. But I don’t think it will be too bad.”

Just a few months after his playing career ended, Harris sounds like he’s ready to embark on a lasting career as a coach.

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8 Responses to “Marc Trestman: Chris Harris wants to do the tough work in coaching”
  1. cadillacjosh says: Feb 17, 2013 6:10 PM

    Da Hitman was always a favorite of mine. I still can’t believe we traded him and then signed Adam Archuleta. At least he’s back in Chicago.

  2. larryboodry says: Feb 17, 2013 6:24 PM

    He will do well as a coach, and I believe the Bears will do well as a team this year in spite – or because – of the overhaul in coaches.

  3. christopher525 says: Feb 17, 2013 6:33 PM

    Wish we would have kept him in Carolina. Right up with Minter in my eyes as far as talent goes, damn.

  4. pilot2011 says: Feb 17, 2013 7:01 PM

    one of my favorite players ever here in Carolina. Good luck Hitman

  5. delhommed says: Feb 17, 2013 8:32 PM

    Harris is one of my favorite former Panthers… wish they would have never let him go!

  6. buffalobills716 says: Feb 17, 2013 8:36 PM

    Good luck bro…. But not when Bears playing against Buffalo Bills

  7. cshearing says: Feb 18, 2013 9:29 AM

    I am looking for a resurgence year for the Bears. I really think Trestman will prove he can handle the head coaching job, and it sounds like Harris is going to be a big help as well.

  8. CKL says: Feb 18, 2013 11:24 AM

    I think Harris will be a great coach. He’s a good leader of men and a player who did a lot based on his mental acumen and work ethic. Good luck to him!

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