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January 28, 2013

Report: Former Panther safety Chris Harris gets coaching job with Bears

Chris Harris had been retired from the NFL for two days before he found a job as a coach.

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei reported Monday afternoon that Harris has been hired as a defensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears. 

Harris, an eight-year NFL veteran, was drafted in the sixth round by the Bears in 2005 when Panthers coach Ron Rivera was Chicago's defensive coordinator. He was traded to the Panthers before the 2007 season in exchange for a future fifth-round pick. That year, Harris forced a league-high eight fumbles, which still stands as a franchise record. 

He finished his three-year career with the Panthers with five interceptions before returning to the Bears in 2010.

Harris announced his retirement via Twitter on Saturday and was flooded with well wishes, including one from his former Panther teammate DeAngelo Williams.

 

He rejoins Chicago after Lovie Smith was fired in the offseason and was replaced with Marc Trestman. Trestman retained the defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, who was with Harris during his second stint with the Bears, and at defensive coordinator brought on Mel Tucker, who worked with Harris in his final stop in Jacksonville in 2012.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM | Permalink

Comments

sounds like the kind of lame hire the panthers would make

Posted by: big gulps | Jan 28, 2013 4:11:46 PM

Big gulps is drinkin' that redneck cowpile moonshine in his mama's garage again. Life is tuff up there in "bubba holler", huh gulppie? Get back to marbles and tiddly winks, and leave the NFL to people that know football.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 28, 2013 11:02:13 PM

It is most likely the Carolina Panthers would need to find a temporary place to play while the Renovations take place and that is going to make PSL Level ticket holders very angry. Especially those die hard panther fans.

Posted by: Hans Whitaker | Jan 29, 2013 11:42:22 PM

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