The Chicago Bears’ 2021 offseason has consisted of plenty of turnover since that final whistle blew in the Superdome just a few weeks back. Chuck Pagano retired, Jay Rodgers left for the Chargers, and there was even a promotion from within as the Bears tabbed Sean Desai to be their next defensive coordinator. The latest hire in the retooling of this coaching staff is former Houston Texans’ outside linebackers coach, Chris Rumph. He will take over as the Bears’ defensive line coach.
While Rumph only spent one season with the Texans, he has many prestigious stops on his resume while coaching at the college level. An opportunity to bring in a coach that has spent time at Florida, Alabama, Clemson, and Texas is usually worth taking a shot on. Rumph was let go at the end of the 2020 season as the Houston Texans are a ship that is sinking fast, but Ryan Pace came to the rescue with a similar position for Rumph, one that he has held in the past.
During Rumph’s time at the collegiate level, he helped develop 25 NFL Draft selections. He also won back-to-back BCS National Championships at Alabama. Rumph’s stint as the Texans’ outside linebackers coach in 2020 marked his first NFL job, so his small sample size of work with a less than ideal talent pool at the position probably isn’t fair ground for judgment just yet.
The Texans finished with the 27th overall defense in the NFL, but that’s in the past now. With the Bears, Rumph will be coaching one of the more talented defensive line groups in the NFL. His job now is to get the most out of every player on that line.
The highest title Rumph has held to this point was defensive coordinator, a role in which he spent three seasons commanding at Florida. Many of his position-specific jobs have been involved with the defensive line.
In his playing days, Rumph was a four-year letter-winning linebacker at South Carolina during the early ’90s. Rumph undoubtedly has big shoes to fill after Jay Rodgers’ departure, but adding a former player and quality position coach such as Rumph is a no-brainer for the front office. But then again, there may be no such thing as a no-brainer for the Chicago Bears as organizational decisions almost always tend to be over-complicated. Time will tell if Rumph can be a formidable replacement for Rodgers.