Just days removed from the introductory press conference on Monday, the Chicago Bears continue to build their offensive and defensive staffs. The Bears added Alan Williams as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, and now the team is adding Tyke Tolbert to their staff.
Tolbert will assume the wide receivers coach duties as well as passing game coordinator duties. Tolbert has extensive coaching experience at both the college and NFL levels. The LSU alum began as a graduate assistant with the Tigers in the spring of 1994. After playing at LSU, Tolbert transferred to Louisiana-Monroe as a graduate assistant in the fall of the same year. Tolbert proceeded to bounce around the college ranks until 2002.
In 2003, Tolbert earned his first NFL job with the Arizona Cardinals. After one season in the desert, he spent five seasons in Buffalo with the Bills. Stops with the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and New York Giants preceded him landing in Chicago. While in Denver, Tolbert won a Super Bowl in 2015. Even following John Fox’s departure, Tolbert stuck around for the Gary Kubiak Broncos in 2016 and 2017.
This will be Tolbert’s first time serving as passing game coordinator in his career. Historically, Tolbert has either served as a receivers coach or tight ends coach throughout his career. However, Tolbert’s extensive experience coaching in both college and the NFL suggests he is ready for the new challenge. In addition, he brings a wealth of experience to the position after Mike Furrey had little experience before taking over as the receivers coach in Chicago in 2018.
The Bears’ full staff can be viewed here. So far, it appears the goal for the staff is to be experienced with a wealth of football knowledge.
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