Biggs: Bears hire DeBord to coach tight ends

When the Chicago Bears hired Mike Martz as offensive coordinator on Monday, Lovie Smith said that his goal all along has been to have his coaching staff in place by Super Bowl XLIV.

He made a step in that direction today when the club announced that Mike DeBord has been hired as the tight ends coach. DeBord interviewed for the job last month before Martz entered the picture, and presumably those two men got together to ensure they were a match.

DeBord is a longtime assistant at the University of Michigan, former head coach at Central Michigan, and an assistant for the Seattle Seahawks for the past two seasons. DeBord helped develop tight end John Carlson this past season in Seattle. He served as an assistant offensive line coach there in 2008. He’s got a strong background as an offensive line coach and will work closely with Bears’ line coach Mike Tice.

It remains to be seen how tight end Greg Olsen, the former first-round draft pick, will be used in Martz’s system. Tight ends have rarely been productive statistically in Martz’s systems, and Olsen is not known for his blocking abilities.

That leaves Smith with a big decision to make at defensive coordinator. He also needs to hire a quarterbacks coach and name quality control assistants.

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