Bears hire Holt as offensive line coach

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Bears hire Holt as offensive line coach

The Bears have reached an agreement with Tim Holt to become the team's offensive line coach.

Holt, who has 17 years of football coaching experience, spent the last three with the Buccaneers. He was the team's offensive line coach in 2011. Holt has helped coach two Pro Bowlers along Tampa Bays offensive line: G Davin Joseph (2011) and LT Donald Penn (2010). Over those two seasons, Tampa Bays 4.5 yards per carry was the seventh best rushing average in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Holt spent 14 seasons (1995-2008) coaching collegiately, including 10 working with offensive linemen. Holt started his collegiate coaching experience at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State, in 1995, working two seasons as the tight endsassistant offensive line coach. He held the same position at Lehigh (1997-98) and Cornell (1999) before taking on the responsibility of running backs coach at Cornell in 2000. From 2001-03, Holt was the offensive line coachoffensive coordinator at American International before returning to his alma mater to coach the running backs for three seasons (2005-07). Holts last collegiate stop was Stonehill College in 2008 as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

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.