Report: Bears add another defensive assistant

Report: Bears add another defensive assistant
January 24, 2014, 12:30 am
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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stole the show for Louisville last season. But he took the spotlight off an underrated defense that led the FBS with 43 sacks and 80.7 rushing yards per game.

The Bears have reportedly added Clint Hurtt to assist newly-named Paul Pasqualoni on the defensive line. Hurtt was expected to remain on new Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino's staff as a holdover from the Charlie Strong regime, but the Bears approached him and apparently changed that.

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Defensive end Marcus Smith gained All-American status this past season under Hurtt, who previously coached, and was one of the nation's best recruiters, at Miami (Fla). He encountered some trouble with the Hurricanes for involvement with a booster for some of that recruiting but after that incident, was praised for adjusting to the rules and guidelines he was required to follow.

It's unclear what Hurtt's addition means for Michael Sinclair with the Bears, who was kept as defensive line assistant following the firing of defensive line coach Mike Phair.