Bears Hire Eric Washington as Defensive Coordinator

The Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Eric Washington as their defensive coordinator.


Bears Fill Defensive Coordinator Vacancy

The Chicago Bears have hired Eric Washington as their new defensive coordinator, filling the vacancy left by Alan Williams' resignation last season. Matt Eberflus, the Bears' head coach, took over play-calling duties on defense and will continue in that role for the 2024 season.

"We are excited to announce that Eric Washington will be joining our team as the defensive coordinator," said Eberflus. "His track record speaks for itself with coordinator experience as well as expertise in the area of defensive line." Washington's previous experience includes four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he served as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

Washington is the third addition to the Bears' coaching staff this week, following the hires of offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and quarterbacks coach Kerry Joseph.

Returning to Chicago

This is Washington's second stint with the Bears. He previously worked for the team from 2008 to 2010, under Lovie Smith and as the defensive line coach. After that, he spent the next nine seasons working for the Carolina Panthers under Ron Rivera.

In his statement, Washington expressed his excitement about returning to the Bears, calling it "one of the most esteemed sports organizations in the world!"

Improving the Defense

Washington will be taking over a Bears defense that excelled in certain areas last season, including being ranked first against the run and tied for the league lead in interceptions. However, the team is looking to improve their pass rush after finishing with the second-fewest sacks in the league.

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