The Bears added another piece to their coaching staff this morning, hiring Jon Hoke to be the secondary coach.
He's a former Bear, having played in 11 games in 1980, and was the defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans for the last seven seasons after spending three years as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Florida. He was also the assistant head coach of the Gators for two seasons.
"This is really good for me,'' Hoke said. "I think a lot of the organization and they have a good football team. I respect the head coach. There are some proven veterans in the secondary and some good young players and that mix is always a plus.''
Hoke was on Lovie Smith's radar after he was let go by the Texans following Houston's season-ending victory over the Bears. He's considered a hard-nosed coach and will replace Steve Wilks, who was let go and is expected to land a job to stay in the NFL.
A Kettering, Ohio, native, Hoke was a four-year letterman at Ball State. His brother Brady Hoke was recently hired as the head coach at San Diego State.
The Bears have one opening on their coaching staff remaining, at linebacker. Joe Barry, Rod Marinelli's son-in-law, was believed to be a done deal with the Seattle Seahawks as their linebackers coach but the team has yet to confirm that. As long as he is still in play, he could be a possibility for the Bears. Barry could also land in Tampa Bay if report of him heading to Seattle are off.