Some Chicago Bears assistant coaches are finding a soft landing just days after John Fox’s firing.
Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains started the exodus, re-uniting with Adam Gase by joining the Miami Dolphins in the same role he had in Chicago. Joining Loggains and Gase in Miami is Offensive Line Coach Jeremiah Washburn, according to Palm Beach Post reporter Joe Schad. Washburn left the Dolphins last winter to join Fox’s staff after a season as an assistant offensive line coach, so he is no stranger to Gase, or Loggains for that matter.
Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins has also left Chicago after one year with the team. Mike Klis, who covers the Denver Broncos for 9News, reports Modkins is the team’s new Running Backs Coach. Modkins is one of two Broncos hires with significant coaching experience as Mike Sullivan will be the team’s Quarterbacks Coach after being the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Like Sullivan, Modkins has some history as an offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Buffalo Bills (2010-12).
And in an odd twist, this means Modkins will be coaching in the Senior Bowl for the second straight season. Mike Klis reported the Broncos and Texans will lead the North and South teams, respectively, in the Senior Bowl later in January.
Even though Bears GM Ryan Pace noted that Fox’s former assistants who were under contract remained under contract, it appears as if he isn’t stopping them from moving onto new positions with other teams.