Coaches & Assistants

Ben McDaniels
Offensive Assistant

Biography

Ben McDaniels is in his second season as offensive assistant with the Bears after being hired by Chicago on February 15, 2016.

McDaniels has nine years of coaching experience at the college or professional level with the Chicago Bears (2016), Rutgers University (2014-15), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Denver Broncos (2009-10) and the University of Minnesota (2004-05).

Last season, the Bears finished third in franchise single-season history in gross (4,139) and net passing yards (3,969) and second in passing first downs (212). The offense also saw improvement over last season in yards per game (356.5), yards per play (5.9), rushing yards per play (4.57), passing yards per game (248.1) and sacks per pass attempt (5.01%). The Bears' 5.9 yards per play ranked...

Ben McDaniels is in his second season as offensive assistant with the Bears after being hired by Chicago on February 15, 2016.

McDaniels has nine years of coaching experience at the college or professional level with the Chicago Bears (2016), Rutgers University (2014-15), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Denver Broncos (2009-10) and the University of Minnesota (2004-05).

Last season, the Bears finished third in franchise single-season history in gross (4,139) and net passing yards (3,969) and second in passing first downs (212). The offense also saw improvement over last season in yards per game (356.5), yards per play (5.9), rushing yards per play (4.57), passing yards per game (248.1) and sacks per pass attempt (5.01%). The Bears' 5.9 yards per play ranked fifth in the NFL in 2016 while their 4.57 rushing yards per play ranked sixth and their 5.01% sacks per pass attempt ranked eighth. The Bears also tied for fifth in the NFL in explosive plays (plays of 10+ yards) with 230.

Prior to joining the Bears, McDaniels spent two seasons at Rutgers, including 2015 as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of the Scarlet Knights. In 2015, McDaniels helped sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano to a 60.9 completion percentage (187-of-307), the first Rutgers QB to complete over 60 percent of his passes since Mike Teel in 2008. Laviano's 386 passing yards at Indiana in 2015 were tied for the fifth-best mark in school history. In that contest, the Scarlet Knights tied the school record for largest comeback win, erasing a 25-point third quarter deficit in a 55-52 victory. McDaniels joined Rutgers in 2014 as the school's wide receivers coach. In two seasons at the school, McDaniels helped wide receiver Leonte Carroo set a Rutgers career record with 29 touchdown receptions while ranking third with 2,373 receiving yards in 31 games played.

Prior to his time at Rutgers, McDaniels spent two seasons (2012-13) as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working primarily with the running backs and wide receivers. In 2012, he helped rookie Doug Martin rush for a career-high 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, while WR Vincent Jackson posted a career-high 1,384 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. As a unit, the Buccaneers offense averaged a franchise-best 248.9 passing yards per game en route to the second-best total offense in Tampa Bay history (363.8 ypg).

From 2009-10, McDaniels worked on the staff of the Denver Broncos, overseeing the quarterbacks in 2010 after starting as an offensive assistant in 2009. McDaniels helped the Broncos offense average 252.4 passing yards per game in 2010, sixth best in franchise history, while working with quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.

McDaniels joined the NFL ranks after spending four years coaching high school football in Ohio at Massillon's Jackson High School (2008, quarterbacks), Canton McKinley Senior High School (2006-07, quarterbacks) and Warren Harding High School (2003, wide receivers). In between high school coaching stops, McDaniels spent two seasons (2004-05) as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, working with the wide receivers in 2004 and the defensive backs in 2005, while earning his Master's Degree in Sport Management.

The Canton, Ohio native played quarterback at Canton McKinley Senior High School winning two state championships and were named USA Today National Champions in 1997, followed by playing quarterback at Kent State University from 1999-2001.

He and his wife, Kyle, have a daughter, Kinley, and son, Brooks.

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