Babich, Bradley like their role reversal

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Babich, Bradley like their role reversal

Role reversals can sometimes be awkward when the boss and staffer switch jobs. The Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Gus Bradley arent worried.
Bradley worked with former Bears coach Bob Babich for six years at North Dakota State. Babich was head coach, Bradley his defensive coordinator.
Now Bradley is field boss and Babich his defensive coordinator after Babichs hiring last week to replace Mel Tucker, who took the same post with the Bears.
The Jaguars defense was 30th in yards and tied for 29th in points allowed last year. Bradley, the former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, had success of his own and also wanted what Babich was part of building in Chicago.
Chicagos defense was really good this year fifth overall and just watching them on tape, I was very impressed with their style, Bradley said via Ryan OHalloran at the Florida Times-Unions Jacksonville.com. Our philosophies mesh and the terminology is very similar. Its another great addition.
Babich was elevated to Bears D-coordinator in 2007 after the exit of Ron Rivera and served in that role for three seasons.
Ive grown being around former coordinator Rod Marinelli and the rest of the Bears coaching staff, Babich said. Ive become not only a better coach but a better person so Im excited and ready to go.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

6'4" | 214 lbs.

2016 stats:

3,532 YDS, 62.0 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 QBR

Projection:

Third/Fourth round

Scouting Report:

"Groomed to be a quarterback from an early age, Kaaya flashes the mechanics and intelligence of a player who has spent hours in quarterback camps. However, he can be too mechanical and thinks too much rather than just flowing and responding to what the field offers him. Kaaya could have used another year of college, but he has the tools and intangibles to become an NFL starter. While he can work around his average arm strength, he must improve his accuracy and anticipation if he is to make a mark in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.

In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.

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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.

Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.