Bears complete coaching staff with hire of Groh

New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman put the finishing touches on his initial coaching staff with the addition of Mike Groh as the receivers coach.

The 41-year old Groh had served as Alabama’s receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to that, he coached at Virginia and Louisville. He is the son of former NFL and college coach Al Groh. The younger Groh played collegiately at Virginia under his father, and also coached under him with the New York Jets as a quality control assistant.

In Chicago, he’ll be asked to continue to apply a firm but steady hand to Brandon Marshall while also maximizing the performances of second-year man Alshon Jeffery and veteran Earl Bennett. The Bears lacked a consistent second threat behind Marshall last year, and Bennett’s play tailed off after an injury prone season.

Meanwhile, the Bears front office, coaching, and scouting staff has convened in Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine. General Manager Phil Emery continued to play coy regarding the future of Brian Urlacher in a Bears uniform. “We’re going to sit down with his agents and talk it through and eventually talk to Brian and see where we all come out with this,” said Emery. “I was here when he was drafted. I do have a connection that way. I was in those discussions when we took Brian Urlacher. I have tremendous respect for Brian Urlacher and he will never be slighted as a Bear, whether he’s here for an extended number of years or whether this is the end of his career as a player for the Bears. He will always be respected.” 

Trestman also met with the media to discuss his whirlwind first few weeks on the job. “We started immediately on putting a staff together. I think we’ve done a fantastic job collectively and organizationally putting together a group of men who are not only great teachers but guys with great people skills,” stated the new Bears boss. “We’ve also spent time evaluating our football team from inside out. Our coaches have spent a tremendous amount of time watching tape of our players and evaluating them as much as we can without having the opportunity to spent time with them on the practice field and meetings. Secondly, we’ve also done a very diligent job — our staff and our personnel people — evaluating the free agents that are out there as well. The process for both is ongoing and certainly that information will be kept internally as we move on into the offseason and we can get closer to those dates.” 

Trestman admitted he has some work to do in evaluating this year’s draft class. “This is where it gets started. Certainly it’s been ongoing relative to the personnel department and our scouting department and things like that. But this is a first look from a coaches standpoint.”

Bear Tracks: Jay Cutler’s future with the club was a hot topic of conversation. While accentuating the positive, Trestman remained non-committal. “I am excited to coach Jay. I have had a couple of opportunities to talk with him on multiple levels and am excited to work with him in all facets of his game, I really am. He’s an extremely bright guy. He loves football. He’s got a great skill set. We’ve got to work hard to provide him the resources he can to maximize his ability and that goes into everything we’re doing in all three phases with personnel department and with our coaching staff.”

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