A busy week at Halas Hall continued Friday as the Bears hired four position coaches in addition to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
The Bears named Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach, Skip Peete as running backs coach, Andy Bischoff as tight ends coach and Michael Sinclair as assistant defensive line coach. All four will work alongside head coach Marc Trestman, who took over three days ago when he was selected to replace Lovie Smith.
Cavanaugh, who will work closely with Jay Cutler, spent the previous four seasons as the New York Jets quarterbacks coach. Cavanaugh also served as the Bears’ offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1998. In his first season calling plays, Erik Kramer passed for 3,011 yards and Raymont Harris rushed for 1,033 yards.
Peete, who is the brother of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, was named as running backs coach after spending the past six seasons in the same role with the Dallas Cowboys. He also worked alongside Trestman in Oakland, where the Raiders led the league in rushing in 2000 and posted the NFL’s No. 1 overall offense in 2002.
Bischoff and Sinclair worked on Trestman’s staff with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Bischoff served as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator of the Alouettes, while Sinclair spent the past five seasons as the team’s defensive line coach.
Sinclair enjoyed a terrific career as a defensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks, where he registered 73½ sacks and forced 24 fumbles from 1992 to 2001.