Wide receivers coach Mike Groh leaves Bears for Rams

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.

Could Brian Hoyer sign with the Bears?

Veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could end up with the Chicago Bears, at least one source speculates.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on Wednesday that the former Houston Texans quarterback is slated to visit the Denver Broncos this week, but if he does not sign with Denver, La Canfora expects the Bears to sign him.

In addition to playing for the Texans, Hoyer has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Hoyer, 30, has 26 career starts while compiling 7,163 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Connor Cook to visit Bears

The Bears liked what they saw in Jay Cutler last year in his first season under head coach John Fox, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to look to bolster the quarterback position in the upcoming NFL draft.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will meet with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

Cook is predicted by multiple media outlets to be selected in the second round. Whether or not that’s too early for the Bears to take a shot at Cutler’s replacement will remain a hot debate.

Corey Coleman visits Bears

Could the Bears select a wide receiver in the first round of the draft for the second straight year?

The idea doesn’t seem likely given the needs at other positions, but that didn’t stop the Bears from bringing in draft prospect Corey Coleman, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

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