Chris Harris returns to Bears as defensive assistant

1/28/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Just days after retiring as an NFL player, former Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris picked another career line in the league returning to the team as a defensive quality control assistant.
The Chicago Bears drafted Chris Harris out of University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2006. For the next two seasons, Chris Harris remained with the Chicago Bears until he was traded up to the Carolina Panthers in 2007 for a first round draft pick. That season, Chris Harris forced eight fumbles to rank first in the league.
However, Chris Harris rejoined the Chicago Bears in 2010 through another trade with the Chicago Bears in return for linebacker Jamar Williams. Chris Harris finished the 2010 season with career high and third-leading five interceptions in the league among safeties, topping his campaign with an All-Pro recognition.
But the Chicago Bears released Chris Harris in October 2010, marking the end of his two career stints with the team. Consequently, he was picked up by the Detroit Lions, where he played eight games before moving on to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chris Harris appeared in five games last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars before announcing his retirement last week.
The eight-year veteran Chris Harris appeared in 101 career games (including 88 starts), while posting 16 interception, 365 tackles, 14 forced fumbles and 39 passes defended.
Although the Chicago Bears fired former head coach Lovie Smith (under whom Chris Harris spent his second stint) and replaced him by Marc Trestman, there will be a few familiar faces returning on the defensive coaching staff next season. Marc Trestman retained defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Mike Phair. So the Chicago Bears’ defensive scheme isn’t expected to be miles apart from the way it worked under Lovie Smth. Additionally, the Chicago Bears also recently hired Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator for next season.
At the time of Mel Tucker’s hiring by the Chicago Bears, Chris Harris called him an “outstanding coach.”
"He's a guy that understands how teams are trying to attack him,” said Chris Harris. “He believes in his system and doesn't panic when things aren't going to plan."
Although Mel Tucker wasn’t present in Chicago during Chris Harris’ first or second stint with the Bears, Harris spent time under Tucker’s tutelage in Jacksonville last season. So, Chis Harris will be a good fit to the Chicago Bears coaching staff, making a safe start for his new NFL career.
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