Bill McGovern is hired as the new Chicago Bears inside linebackers coach

Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
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A day after Mark DeLeone became the latest Chicago Bears assistant to leave the staff, the team has replaced him, hiring veteran Bill McGovern as the inside linebackers coach.

McGovern, who was a defensive analyst for the University of Nebraska last season, coached linebackers for the New York Giants from 2016-19 and handled that position for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-15. He worked at Boston College from 2000-12 as the linebackers coach and then defensive coordinator, overlapping with star Luke Kuechly.

DeLeone departed after two seasons to join Dan Campbell’s staff with the Detroit Lions. Former first-round pick Roquan Smith flourished this season, finishing with 139 tackles (18 for a loss) with four sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six quarterback hits.

The Bears also announced the hiring of defensive line coach Chris Rumph earlier Thursday. Rumph worked for the Houston Texans last season after a long run at some elite college programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Texas.

The Bears still need to replace outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino. One possibility for an internal promotion is Bill Shuey, their assistant linebackers/pass rush analyst. They also need to replace running backs coach Charles London and presumably add an assistant in the secondary after the promotion of safeties coach Sean Desai to defensive coordinator.