Bears hiring former Tulane and Saints coach Curtis Johnson

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The Bears have dipped into the college ranks to fill out their new offensive coaching staff.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are hiring former Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson to coach their wide receivers.

Johnson was 15-34 in four seasons at Tulane, but had previously coached receivers for the Saints (as part of their Super Bowl run) and at the University of Miami. He’s replacing Mike Groh, who left to become the passing game coordinator for the Rams.

The Bears are also dealing with the departure of coordinator Adam Gase to become the head coach of the Dolphins, promoting quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to coordinator and hiring Dave Ragone to coach quarterbacks.

When Johnson gets to Chicago, he’ll have an interesting job on his hands. The free agent status of Alshon Jeffery remains to be seen, but last year’s first-rounder Kevin White hasn’t played a snap yet because of injury, so he’s a clean slate.