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A day after running backs coach Stan Drayton announced he was leaving on his own with one year remaining on his contract, the Chicago Bears have fired two assistants with longtime ties to head coach John Fox.

Offensive line coach Dave Magazu, Fox’s longest-tenured assistant, was released as was assistant defensive backs coach Sam Garnes, according to a league source. Drayton departed Tuesday for the University of Texas.

Fox and general manager Ryan Pace are scheduled to hold a joint end-of-season media session at 11 a.m. at Halas Hall where they will be asked about the future direction of the coaching staff.

Magazu, who began working for Fox in 2003 in Carolina, was not popular with the offensive linemen and some wondered privately if he would be let go during the season with the team struggling. The Bears had an interesting dynamic in play where the team essentially had four O-line coaches. Ben Wilkerson had the title of assistant offensive line coach and Kevin Mawae, who was an intern for training camp, was hired for the remainder of the season because he was so well liked by the players. Additionally, tight ends coach Frank Smith had a natural hand in work with the offensive line and took a more vocal role during this season.

Outsiders speculated that Fox, who has not been known for high turnover on his staffs previously in Denver and Carolina, would hesitate to let go longtime assistants but it has happened as the Bears begin the work of digging out from a 3-13 season.

Garnes was an assistant secondary coach/safeties for four seasons with Fox in Denver and worked with him in Carolina in 2010 before that.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-fire-john-fox-assistants-20170104-story.html

 

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Wrong way Bears at it again. The o-line improved significantly over the course of the season even as the injuries piled up. RB coach took a 5th round pick and coached him up so that he's in the conversation for rookie of the year.

So, let's allow both those guys to leave. Brilliant!

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I'm really shocked by the firing of the OL coach. The DB coach I don't have a problem with his dismissal.

I honestly thought the OL had made big strides as the season progressed. Especially with the turnstyle type rotation of filling in for whoever was injured that current week. 

Magazu is a former All-Pro lineman from the AFC, so he should know a thing or two about the OL! 

Did he push the OLmen too hard, and that's why he wasn't liked by the players? It would be interesting to know the truth.........So another successful coach out of few bright spots on the Bears team, won't return. . . .

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I agree Billwade!

It's almost Laurel and Hardy like......Smh

Two strengths turn into uncertainty again.......Sigh. . . .

 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

I agree Billwade!

It's almost Laurel and Hardy like......Smh

Two strengths turn into uncertainty again.......Sigh. . . .

 

I am reading this as saying, Magadu was out coached by the other 3 assistants and the success they had on O-Line was attributed to those coaches and not Mag's.  I would look to see if one of those three get the O-Line Coach job given to them, them we will know the rest of the story.

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lol i do not see where all of this "oline is improved" nonsense comes from....ok ok well...for Bears standard maybe hahah. But I agree with firing of the oline coach. Great move Pace to improve where it is needed! Time to get some consistency for once!

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

A day after running backs coach Stan Drayton announced he was leaving on his own with one year remaining on his contract, the Chicago Bears have fired two assistants with longtime ties to head coach John Fox.

Offensive line coach Dave Magazu, Fox’s longest-tenured assistant, was released as was assistant defensive backs coach Sam Garnes, according to a league source. Drayton departed Tuesday for the University of Texas.

Fox and general manager Ryan Pace are scheduled to hold a joint end-of-season media session at 11 a.m. at Halas Hall where they will be asked about the future direction of the coaching staff.

Magazu, who began working for Fox in 2003 in Carolina, was not popular with the offensive linemen and some wondered privately if he would be let go during the season with the team struggling. The Bears had an interesting dynamic in play where the team essentially had four O-line coaches. Ben Wilkerson had the title of assistant offensive line coach and Kevin Mawae, who was an intern for training camp, was hired for the remainder of the season because he was so well liked by the players. Additionally, tight ends coach Frank Smith had a natural hand in work with the offensive line and took a more vocal role during this season.

Outsiders speculated that Fox, who has not been known for high turnover on his staffs previously in Denver and Carolina, would hesitate to let go longtime assistants but it has happened as the Bears begin the work of digging out from a 3-13 season.

Garnes was an assistant secondary coach/safeties for four seasons with Fox in Denver and worked with him in Carolina in 2010 before that.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-fire-john-fox-assistants-20170104-story.html

 

The part that makes me wonder is the line about them essentially having 4 oline coaches.  From the outside, who's to say who was really calling the shots?  Maybe Magazu was just there by the end of the season, apparently the players didn't like him.  Also Kevin Mawae was a pretty good Olineman in his own right, 7 time all-pro, iirc.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

I agree Billwade!

It's almost Laurel and Hardy like......Smh

Two strengths turn into uncertainty again.......Sigh. . . .

 

I am reading this as saying, Magadu was out coached by the other 3 assistants and the success they had on O-Line was attributed to those coaches and not Mag's.  I would look to see if one of those three get the O-Line Coach job given to them, them we will know the rest of the story.

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Friday brought a new departure in the Bears’ assistant coaching ranks, league sources confirmed: outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt did not extend his three-year contract after it expired. 

Marc Trestman first hired Hurtt to help coach the defensive line in 2014, but Fox kept him on staff as the outside linebackers coach a year later. He helped transition Willie Young and Lamarr Houston from defensive end in 2015. This season, first-round pick Leonard Floyd, who had seven sacks as a rookie, credited Hurtt for his development.

Former Bears coordinator Adam Gase was interested in bringing Hurtt, a former University of Miami player and coach, to the Dolphins last season.

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http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-outside-linebackers-coach-clint-hurtt-wont-return/

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Fox said on Tuesday that his coordinators remained “intact” but the organization did not retain assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes, who played safety five seasons under Fox while the latter was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. Garnes was an assistant DB’s coach under Fox in Denver, and he coached safeties there from 2011-14 and with the Bears the past two seasons.

But Garnes was not a choice of coordinator Vic Fangio, who was not pleased with safety play during seasons marked by the two lowest takeaway totals in franchise history, including tying the NFL record for fewest takeaways with 11 this season.

Over Garnes’ two years working with safeties, the group had just two interceptions (both by Harold Jones-Quartey), four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a total of 1,992 opponent plays.

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http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-bears/bears-coaching-changes-trickling-out-different-reasons

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Friday brought a new departure in the Bears’ assistant coaching ranks, league sources confirmed: outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt did not extend his three-year contract after it expired. 

Marc Trestman first hired Hurtt to help coach the defensive line in 2014, but Fox kept him on staff as the outside linebackers coach a year later. He helped transition Willie Young and Lamarr Houston from defensive end in 2015. This season, first-round pick Leonard Floyd, who had seven sacks as a rookie, credited Hurtt for his development.

Former Bears coordinator Adam Gase was interested in bringing Hurtt, a former University of Miami player and coach, to the Dolphins last season.

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http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-outside-linebackers-coach-clint-hurtt-wont-return/

The Jets’ outside linebackers are in for a world of Hurtt in 2017.

New York has added former Chicago Bears OLB coach Clint Hurtt to fill the same role. Hurtt will reportedly join the Todd Bowles’ staff on a 2-year deal.

The coach’s addition comes a day after he declined a contract extension with the Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Hurtt leaves Chicago after coaching the Bears’ defensive line for three seasons under Marc Trestman. He switched to working with the outside linebackers in 2015 when the Bears hired John Fox.

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http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/07/jets-add-chicago-bears-assistant-to-be-olb-coach-per-report/

So much for the thought he was going to college. I wonder what made him not want to stay in Chicago? It's not like the Jets are a team doing any better.

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