Bears name Clint Hurtt outside linebackers coach

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The Bears have brought several of John Fox’s assistants to Chicago from Denver since hiring Fox as their head coach, but one member of the 2014 staff will be sticking around.

Clint Hurtt was the defensive line coach in 2014 and will remain on the staff in 2015 as the team’s outside linebackers coach. The position is usually found on staffs running a 3-4 defense, which isn’t what the Bears ran last season but is likely to be at least part of their scheme in 2015 with Vic Fangio coming aboard as the new defensive coordinator.

Hurtt helped the Bears defensive linemen record 35 of the team’s 39 sacks during the 2014 season and the outside linebackers will play a major role in the team’s pass rush if the Bears do move toward more 3-4 fronts under Fangio.

The Bears also announced that offensive quality control coaches Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch would not return to the team.

17 responses to “Bears name Clint Hurtt outside linebackers coach

  1. Translation: Bears are going to a 3-4.

    Frankly, I’m surprised they kept any of Trestman’s staff around. But the players Hurtt was in charge of seemed to suck a little less than the rest of the guys on the Bears defense, so maybe Fox saw that too.

  2. jjb0811 says:
    Jan 27, 2015 4:14 PM

    Importing soft coaches from Den to Chicago???? 1985 keeps getting further and further away.

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    You should try reading before making an ignorant comment, Clint was on the Bears staff this season, not Denver.

    “Clint Hurtt was the defensive line coach (for the Bears) in 2014 and will remain on the staff in 2015 as the team’s outside linebackers coach. “

  3. jjb0811 says:

    “Importing soft coaches from Den to Chicago???? 1985 keeps getting further and further away.”

    You should try reading before making an ignorant comment, Clint was on the Bears staff this season, not Denver.

    “Clint Hurtt was the defensive line coach (for the Bears) in 2014 and will remain on the staff in 2015 as the team’s outside linebackers coach. “

  4. It’s kind of ironic that Phil Emery’s first ever draft pick – Shea McClellin – is a guy who had absolutely no chance of succeeding in the NFL EXCEPT as as a 3-4 rush LB. But now, with Emery and the coaches he hired gone, Shea may finally get his chance.

    I personally think three years of mismatched schemes and bad coaching have ruined Shea beyond the point he can succeed even in a 3-4 now… but for his sake and team’s I hope I’m wrong.

  5. Great name for a linebacker. For a minute there, I thought the Bears had hired former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to be their OLB coach.

  6. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2015 4:54 PM

    “Larry boody and the clowns approve”

    I thought I left grammar school behind years ago, but hey, glad my name amuses you so much.

  7. Wondering whether Jared Allen could convert to OLB just like Julius Peppers did in Green Bay. Different athleticism, true. But I can’t believe that Allen, who’s 2 yrs younger than Peppers, has so much less left in the tank than Julius. This new coaching staff must find ways to making him productive again. Sure thing, dealing with pneumonia just a few games into the season was pretty bad.

  8. Shae McClellin can finally show his stuff. One thing he can do (perhaps the only thing) is get in the backfield and be disruptive. Now they just need to find 3 or 4 more LBs.

  9. i wouldn’t hire anyone from Trestman’s staff. In fact, i’d find the leak that is saying BMarsh and martellus are being cut in March. And publically humiliate them.

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