It was announced yesterday that former Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris will be joining the Bears’ coaching staff. This is a great move by the team because Harris was the ultimate professional and teammate during his time with the Bears.
Harris will be the Bears’ defensive quality control assistant and it is certainly a natural fit for him. During his two stints with the Bears Harris was a no-nonsense, hard-hitting safety that helped the Bears get to the Super Bowl in 2006 as a part of that great defense. Harris is very happy to return to the Bears and should help the coaching staff immensely.
When Harris announced his retirement yesterday the Bears were quick to scoop him up and add him to the coaching staff. Furthermore, Harris has great drive and you can just tell that he is looking forward to coaching. Harris had this to say when talking about being a coach,
“I love teaching and I love the game…I have a strong passion for the game…”
Harris is also known by his former teammates for constantly analyzing tape as a player and that will serve him well as he starts his coaching career. With the hiring of Marc Trestman the Bears are obviously looking to become more of an offensive team.
Defense has long been the calling card of the Bears and it will be very beneficial having Harris coaching on the defense because he has been with the team before. The Bears will still have great pride in their defense and despite the departure of Lovie Smith there will be some familiar faces.
Depending on how Harris does I could see him being a head coach some day, but for now coming back to the Bears is a great start for the former safety.