Bears deny Vikings permission to interview DB coach Jon Hoke
The search by the Minnesota Vikings to find a defensive coordinator continues, but it’s not one that will go through Chicago.
The Bears denied permission for the Vikings to interview secondary coach Jon Hoke for their opening. Hoke, who is signed through the 2012 season, is the second position coach the Bears have denied permission to speak to another team about a coordinator job in two years. Last offseason, offensive line coach Mike Tice was prevented from talking with the Tennessee Titans about becoming their offensive coordinator.
"Hopefully, we'll have some guys on our staff get an opportunity to move up, whether that be assistant coaches moving into coordinator's roles," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Jan. 2. "Or I'd like to see someday where some guys on our staff will get an opportunity to become head coaches in the NFL."
Special teams coordinator Dave Toub has interviewed to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. But NFL teams are only required to grant permission for assistants under contract to interview with another team if it is for a head job.
Hoke interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles about becoming their defensive coordinator last offseason, but he was coming out of contract. He retuned on a two-year deal and the Bears are not going to let him talk to a NFC North Division rival. That’s not too surprising, but when roles were reversed in 2010, the Vikings allowed an assistant to come meet with the Bears. As ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert pointed out, the Vikings allowed Kevin Rogers, their quarterbacks coach at the time, to interview to become the offensive coordinator of the Bears.
Hoke worked previously as a coordinator under Steve Spurrier at Florida. He’s worked on Smith’s staff for three seasons and veteran cornerback Charles Tillman was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season.
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