Bears hire Clancy Barone as tight ends coach

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The Bears fired several assistants after the end of their disappointing 2019 season and the moves left them without a tight ends coach.

That opening was filled on Thursday. The team announced that Clancy Barone has been added to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff. Kevin Gilbride Jr. was the previous position coach.

Barone has been in the NFL for the last 15 years and was most recently on Mike Zimmer’s staff with the Vikings. He coached tight ends in 2017 and switched to offensive line after Tony Sparano’s death in July 2018.

He’s also coached with the Broncos, Chargers and Falcons.

The Bears did not get much out of the tight end position this season. Ben Braunecker and J.P. Holtz were the only players at the position to play more than eight games and Trey Burton led the unit with 14 catches.

14 responses to “Bears hire Clancy Barone as tight ends coach

  1. If he’s as tough of a coach as he looks in that pic, I expect major improvement at that position for the Bears in the coming season.

  2. Bears fans, Chicago and national media were all talking Superbowl in 2018 and what happened…trash. TE was just one of many positions of trash.
    The are in desperate need of a TE because they got zero. Hiring a TE coach will not improve this horrible lot.
    Looking forward to another losing season for Chicago.

  3. bassplucker says:
    If he’s as tough of a coach as he looks in that pic, I expect major improvement at that position for the Bears in the coming season.
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    I get that you’ve got your tongue planted firmly in cheek. Nevertheless, perhaps you’ve inadvertently put your finger on the real problem in Chicago: They keep hiring coaches based on how “tough” they talk, and how “tough” they look in pictures, as opposed to evaluating their coaching skills and identifying the right men for the job.

  4. I will give Chicago this, the guy knows his stuff and has been successful in every stop he’s been at. Look at his resume for who he has coached.

    2 Alge Crumpler probowl seasons with the falcons.

    2 Antonio Gates probowl seasons with the Chargers.

    2 Julius Thomas probowl seasons with the broncos.

    And Kyle Rudolph’s last probowl season in 2017.

    Not too shabby. But Chicago doesn’t have one of those kinds of TE’s on their roster so they are gonna have to draft one for him to mold.

  5. Skolbrother……whats funny is thats vikings fans every yr and every yr its the same so you dont have much to talk bout…

  6. @ patrickvwashington
    That’s interesting information, and food for thought. Thanks.
    However, it begs a chicken-or-the-egg question: 1. Are Alge Crumpler, Antonio Gates, Julius Thomas and Kyle Rudolph great tight ends because Clancy Barone is a great tight ends coach; 2. Does Barone merely appear to be a great coach because he was blessed with an inordinate amount of talent; 3. A combination of the two.
    I lean toward No. 3.

  7. skolbrother33 says:
    January 9, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    Bears fans, Chicago and national media were all talking Superbowl in 2018 and what happened…trash. TE was just one of many positions of trash.
    The are in desperate need of a TE because they got zero. Hiring a TE coach will not improve this horrible lot.
    Looking forward to another losing season for Chicago.
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    And looking forward to another Viking playoff loss this weekend, and then hear about what a great coach Zimmer is.

  8. Big job ahead……Burton is a head case; Shaheen cannot block, or run routes and is wimp; the rest are great practice squad candidates. Good Luck!!!!

  9. Unless this guy can change the age issue and suit up himself getting a decent tight end for him to coach looks like the challenge of the moment. Perhaps a tight end circus this spring?

  10. I laughed til my sides hurt when the Bears fired the tight end coach – because we didn’t even have a viable
    tight end all year. The coach had no one to coach and no plays were called for that non person either.

  11. amjean says:

    January 10, 2020 at 8:56 am

    I laughed til my sides hurt when the Bears fired the tight end coach – because we didn’t even have a viable
    tight end all year. The coach had no one to coach and no plays were called for that non person either…

    Very true, but you would think that a competent coach would be able to atleast get some production out of just about anyone. We had a so called top tier talent in Burton, Shaheen was supposed to be a gem needing polish, Brockenmeyer was supposed to be average, and then the rest of the bunch were just guys. A good coach should have been atleast been able to salvage 1 out of the bunch to produce.

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