Bears hire former Saints assistant, Tulane HC Curtis Johnson

The Chicago Bears have hired former New Orleans Saints assistant and Tulane Green Wave head coach Curtis Johnson as their new wide receivers coach, according to Brad Briggs of The Chicago Tribune.

Johnson, 54, coached Tulane from 2012-2015 and went 15-34 over that stretch before being fired at the end of this past season. Prior to that, he served as the wide receivers coach for his hometown New Orleans Saints and was part of the staff that won Super Bowl XLIV.

And the Saints had hired Johnson back after his firing to serve in a similar position, but he will now head to the Windy City to replace Mike Groh, who is now the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. His arrival comes at an interesting time, as Bears star receiver Alshon Jeffery is headed for free agency and former offensive coordinator Adam Gase is now the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Longtime running back Matt Forte is also expected to sign elsewhere, leaving quarterback Jay Cutler with potentially few reliable targets in 2016.

But the good news is that Johnson has been around the game for a while and knows what he’s doing. With 2015 first-round pick Kevin White expected to finally debut after missing all of his rookie year with an injury, count on Johnson to help Chicago stay the course next season.

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