Here's some good news for a former Bear--Doug Plank has a job coaching in the NFL.
The man who the 46 defense was named after was hired Tuesday by the Atlanta Falcons as a special assistant for first-year coach Mike Smith.
Plank had expressed interest in the Northern Illinois opening during the offseason and has been looking to branch out beyond the Arena League, where he has been the head coach of the Georgia Force (also owned by Falcons owner Arthur Blank). Plank guided the Force to four consecutive playoff appearances and a .650 winning percentage. In his new role he will work with offense, defense and special teams.
``We finally got him back into the NFL,'' said Danny More, Plank's agent. ``Doug has the opportunity to help the Falcons and coach Mike Smith and he's very, very excited about a return to the NFL on a full-time basis. Hopefully this will be the first step in him climbing the coaching ladder in the league.''
The plan for now is for Plank to remain as the head coach of the Force.
The Bears play at Atlanta Oct. 12.