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The Chicago Bears have found their new inside linebackers coach in Bill McGovern, who is the latest new addition to join a Bears staff with several coaching vacancies.
McGovern replaces Mark DeLeone, who served as inside linebackers coach for the Bears for the previous two seasons under former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
With McGovern’s hiring, the Bears still have three spots fill: safeties coach, running back coach and passing game coordinator.
But let’s take a look at four things to know about Chicago’s new inside linebackers coach.
McGovern has 36 years of coaching experience
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McGovern has a wealth of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL and 29 at the collegiate level. McGovern served as the outside linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-15 and linebackers coach with the New York Giants from 2016-19. Specifically, McGovern worked with inside linebackers in 2019. Most of his experience comes at the collegiate level, where he spent his first 18 years of coaching. He's coached at Pennsylvania (1985), Holy Cross (1986-87, 1991-92), Massachusetts (1988-90, 1993), Pittsburgh (1997-99) and Boston College (1994-96, 2009-12).
McGovern previously worked with Sean Desai at Boston College
McGovern spent 19 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a pair of stints at Boston College from 1995-96 and 2009-12. During McGovern's final year at Boston College, he worked with new Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai. Desai served as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator that year. Now, McGovern will serve as the inside linebackers coach under Desai in Chicago.
McGovern coached former Panthers star LB Luke Kuechly
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McGovern served as Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2009-12, where he coached a future NFL star in linebacker Luke Kuechly, where he earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011. Kuechly was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he went on to earn five first-team All-Pro honors and was voted to seven Pro Bowls in his eight-year career. Now, McGovern gets to coach a young, rising star in Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, who is coming off a dominant season that earned him second-team All-Pro honors.
McGovern played defensive back in college
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Before he served as a coach at the NFL and collegiate levels, McGovern was a four-year starting defensive back at Holy Cross. It was there McGovern set Division 1-AA records for career interceptions (24) and single-season interceptions (11), which garnered him first-team All-America honors. McGovern was inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor.