Jon Hoke, the Bears’ defensive backs coach for the past four years, will remain with the team in the same capacity under new head coach Marc Trestman.
Gill Byrd, who assisted Hoke as the Bears’ assistant defensive backs coach/safeties the past five years, will not return after seven years on Lovie Smith’s staff. Byrd joins offensive coordinator Mike Tice, linebackers coach Bob Babich, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, tight ends coach Mike DeBord, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive line coach Tim Holt and running backs Tim Spencer, who also were not retained.
Babich has already been hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator, replacing Mel Tucker, who was hired by the Bears for that job on Friday.
Trestman wanted defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to remain on his staff, but Marinelli left to coach the Cowboys’ defensive line under their new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Marinelli and Kiffin worked together for 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Trestman still must hire coaches for linebackers and wide receivers plus other assistant position coaches.
MARC TRESTMAN’S BEARS STAFF to date
Name, position last team Experience
Andy Bischoff, tight ends Alouettes 5 years CFL
Matt Cavanaugh, quarterbacks Jets 15 years NFL
Joe DeCamillis, special teams coor./asst. HC Cowboys 25 years NFL
Jon Hoke, defensive backs Bears 11 years NFL
Aaron Kromer, offensive coor./OL Saints 12 years NFL
Mel Tucker, defensive coordinator Jaguars 8 years NFL
Skip Peete, running backs Cowboys 15 years NFL
Mike Phair, defensive line Bears 5 years NFL
Michael Sinclair, asst. defensive line Alouettes 5 years CFLCopyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.