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Retaining Phair, Hoke smart move by Bears
During his first day on the job Wednesday, brand new Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman swung a mighty axe, dismissing every member of the former coaching staff but three: defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, assistant DB coach Gill Byrd and defensive line coach Mike Phair. For two days, the future of the three coaches was unclear. The wait has finally ended with the team announcing that Hoke and Phair will be retained, while Byrd will be released. Hoke has worked as defensive backs coach in Chicago since 2009. He worked in the same role for the Houston Texans the previous seven years (2002-2008). He spent 20 years before that coaching defensive backs at the collegiate level. Phair has been the defensive line coach for the Bears since 2011. He spent the previous six years with the Seattle Seahawks, holding positions of defensive assistant (201)), assistant defensive line coach (2009) and assistant linebackers coach (2008), after three years as an area scout...
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