While the Bears may currently be salary cap-strapped, and could still make moves to open more space on their payroll ledger, they reportedly made another move to strengthen their number of "teachers" to improve from within.
Following the recent hires of Paul Pasqualoni, Reggie Herring, and Clint Hurtt to the defensive staff, "ESPN NFL Insiders" first reported they added another rather unique instructor in Joe Kim.
Kim - for lack of a better title - is a pass rush coaching specialist. He uses techniques learned through his martial arts history, specifically Taekwondo, for use in blocking and escaping blocks through these hand maneuvers.
On his website, Patriots coach Bill Belichick provides a written testimonial to what Kim provided his staff during his time with the Browns more than two decades ago. That's was Kim's NFL starting point, and has since included stops with the Cowboys, Browns a second time, Dolphins, Packers, Broncos, Penn State, Bills, Chiefs, Giants and back to the Chiefs. Kansas City did not have him on its staff this past year. Tamba Hali (tied for 11th in the NFL this season with 11 sacks this season) also tweeted out his own testimonial for Kim last season, but the bottom-line numbers are mixed.
During his time with the Chiefs (crossing over Phil Emery's time as Director of College Scouting in 2010 and 2011), results were inconsistent. Kim worked for both the Chiefs (12th with 38 sacks) and Giants (fifth with 46) in 2010, but dropped into a tie for 27th (29 sacks) solely with the Chiefs in 2011. And in 2012, his final year in K.C., the Chiefs ranked 29th in the league with only 27 sacks.
The Bears had an NFL-low 31 sacks this past season, 10 from linebackers and 10 below the 2012 unit that ranked eighth.