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The Chicago Bears have lost another assistant coach to a new head coaching hire.
Inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone is joining Dan Campbell’s staff with the Detroit Lions in the same role, which leaves the Bears without an inside linebackers coach.
DeLeone joins a list that includes departed coaches Jay Rodgers (defensive line), Ted Monachino (outside linebackers), Charles London (running backs) and Dave Ragone (passing game coordinator).
Another quality add for Dan Campbell’s staff in Detroit, as he’s bringing Mark DeLeone as his LB coach, hiring him away from the same job with the Bears. DeLeone is a strong hire after helping Roquan Smith to his best season yet this past year in Chicago.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 27, 2021
One of the benefits of promoting from within at defensive coordinator with Sean Desai was to avoid the very thing that is happening. Not that it’s Desai that has multiple defensive coaches moving on. That falls on the uncertain futures of general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy.
Translation: No one’s job is safe beyond 2021, and those that can find work elsewhere are taking that opportunity. It’s also not a good luck that Duce Staley, who the Bears were interested in, turned down an opportunity to coach Chicago’s running backs and joined Campbell’s staff in Detroit. Picking the Lions over the Bears? That says it all.
For those keeping score at home, the Bears now have six coaching vacancies to fill: Defensive line, inside linebackers, outside linebackers, safeties, running backs and passing game coordinator.