Bears hire Curtis Johnson as wide receivers coach
The Bears have hired former Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson as their new wide receivers coach, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Johnson spent six seasons with the New Orleans Saints as their receivers coach from 2006-2011 and obviously has a familiarity with Bears general manager Ryan Pace from their time together with that organization. He went on to coach Tulane from 2012-2015 before briefly being re-hired by the Saints as a “senior wide receivers assistant.”
Johnson replaces Mike Groh, who left to become the passing game coordinator and receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams last month.
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.
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.
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.