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Bears add two more to coaching staff

Posted Jan 22, 2015

The Bears on Thursday reached agreements with Frank Smith to become their tight ends coach and Jason George to serve as their strength and conditioning coach.

The Bears on Thursday reached agreements with Frank Smith to become their tight ends coach and Jason George to serve as their strength and conditioning coach.

Smith spent the last five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, assisting the team’s offensive staff in all aspects of game preparation while also working closely with the offensive line.

Frank Smith
During that span, the Saints allowed just 143 sacks, the third fewest in the NFL, and sent four offensive linemen to the Pro Bowl, including current Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod.

Smith was a three-year starting offensive lineman at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-03. He served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2004-05 before moving to Butler, where he worked as offensive line coach (2006-09) and doubled as offensive coordinator from 2007-09.

Smith, a Milwaukee native who replaces Andy Bischoff, will work with a Bears tight end group led by Martellus Bennett, who was voted to the first Pro Bowl of his seven-year career in 2014.

George has 23 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, including six in the NFL. He spent the past three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Denver Broncos under new Bears coach John Fox. Prior to joining the Broncos, George served in the same capacity with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009-11.

From 1998-2008, George was the head strength and conditioning coach at Fordham University. In 2000, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and received the school’s Iron Major Award as the university’s coach of the year.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, George replaces Mike Clark with the Bears.