Bears nix Vikings' request to interview Hoke


Bears nix Vikings' request to interview Hoke

The Minnesota Vikings, whove taken the occasional Devin Aromashodu and Bernard Berrian out of Chicago, wont get the chance yet to take away one of the Bears hands.

The Bears have nixed a Vikings request to talk with defensive backs coach Jon Hoke about their defensive coordinator post, as the Tribune first reported. That job came open when the team removed Fred Pagac, a tight end for the Bears in 1974, from that job this week. Pagac, as Bob Babich did with the Bears, could be shifted from coordinator to linebackers coach.

The bump there is that Mike Singletary is the current LBs coach for the Vikings, who did not distinguish themselves in many defensive areas this season outside of Jared Allens pass rushing.

Hoke is still under contract with the Bears, who are under no obligation under league rules to give permission. And since the job is not for a head-coaching spot, the permission isnt there automatically.

That was the situation last year when the Bears turned down a request from the Tennessee Titans to interview Mike Tice to be their offensive coordinator. Tice, who was a strong choice of then-GM Jerry Angelo initially, was the Bears first option at offensive coordinator after Mike Martz, which they exercised after this season.

Hoke was a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles D-coordinator job last offseason. He did not get the job but he did get a two-year contract from the Bears.

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

As Bears quarterbacks begin learning Dowell Loggains’ offense, they’re also in a getting-to-know-you phase with each other. 

While it’s not Mike Glennon’s job to develop Mitch Trubisky — that falls on Loggains and Dave Ragone — there does need to be some level of harmony from Glennon to Trubisky to Mark Sanchez to Connor Shaw in this unit. Coach John Fox is no fan of locker room drama, after all. 

The energy Loggains brings to practice could help foster some of that unit-level cohesiveness. Whether it’s through practice competitions or his spirited coaching style, it’s helped keep things lively as the Bears move through their offseason program. 

“He does a great job,” Glennon said. “He brings a lot of energy and he’s got that young personality that a lot of guys respond well to. It’s been great having him around along with a lot of other players and coaches, but he definitely does a great job bringing that energy.”

Shaw is the only holdover in the Bears’ quarterback room from last year, and even then, he suffered a season-ending injury during preseason play in August. The new guys are a 27-year-old signed to a $45 million contract, the No. 2 pick in the draft and a veteran who started two AFC Championship games. 

Good chemistry in the quarterback room doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s something that probably can’t hurt, especially with the development of Trubisky underway. That the Bears have been emphatic in defining Glennon’s role — it’s his year — set the right tone, Ragone said earlier this month. Adding Loggains’ energy in practice seems to have had a positive effect already, too. 

“With three new guys, they've worked very hard in the classroom and now finally we get to take it out on the field, so they're pretty enthusiastic themselves,” coach John Fox said. “And that's just Dowell's style.

“We have some pretty good guys in that room. Different levels of experience that have been there before and done it and that dynamic as far as being a good teammate and the relationship you have with that so I think that's why they handle it so well.”

Bears Talk Podcast: How this is the year of Mike Glennon, NFL rule changes


Bears Talk Podcast: How this is the year of Mike Glennon, NFL rule changes

On this edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, John “Moon” Mullin and J.J. Stankevitz break down quarterback Mike Glennon’s first OTA workout and his session with the media.

Later, the guys discuss the Glennon/Mitch Trubisky dynamic, how the roster could look and the latest on the recent NFL rule changes, including tweaks to overtime and touchdown celebrations.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: