Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh has accepted the same position with the Los Angeles Rams, per reports. Groh will leave the Windy City for sunny pastures in Los Angeles, the new home of the Rams franchise.
Groh was hired by former Bears head coach Marc Trestman in 2013 and remained with the organization last year under new head coach John Fox.
Exactly what kind of impact the loss of Groh will be for the Bears remains a mystery, but I wouldn’t expect it to be much. The low-hanging fruit concern is that with Alshon Jeffery slated to become a free agent, it might be one more reason for Jeffery to consider employment elsewhere. But there has never been any news of a strong relationship between Jeffery and his former position coach, so it’s farfetched to think Groh’s departure will have much effect on Jeffery’s decision on where to play.
Groh comes from good football pedigree. He played quarterback at the University of Virginia from 1991-1995 and returned to coach there from 2001-2008. His father is Al Groh, former New York Jets and Virginia head coach.
Update: Per ProFootballTalk.com, Groh’s official position with the Los Angeles Rams is “passing game coordinator” in addition to his duties as wide receivers coach.