Coaches & Assistants

Frank Smith
Tight Ends

Biography

Frank Smith is in his third season as the Bears tight ends coach after being hired by Chicago on January 22, 2015.

Smith has 13 years coaching experience, including the last seven within the NFL ranks.

In 2016, Smith was tasked with developing a young group of tight ends that consisted of Ben Braunecker (rookie), Daniel Brown (first year) and MyCole Pruitt (second year). Smith also helped veteran Zach Miller set career highs in...

Frank Smith is in his third season as the Bears tight ends coach after being hired by Chicago on January 22, 2015.

Smith has 13 years coaching experience, including the last seven within the NFL ranks.

In 2016, Smith was tasked with developing a young group of tight ends that consisted of Ben Braunecker (rookie), Daniel Brown (first year) and MyCole Pruitt (second year). Smith also helped veteran Zach Miller set career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (486) despite only playing in 10 games due to injury. Miller also recorded 4 touchdowns, second only to his 5 he scored in 2015.

Before his time in Chicago, Smith spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2010-14). During his time with the Saints, Smith's role was to support the offensive staff in game preparation while assisting with the offensive line.

From 2010-14, the Saints offensive line allowed just 143 sacks, third fewest in the NFL. Four Saints offensive linemen were named to the Pro Bowl during Smith's time with the team: T Jermon Bushrod 2011-12 seasons; G Jahri Evans, 2010-14; G Ben Grubbs, 2013 and G Carl Nicks, 2010-11. Evans was named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press three times (2010-12) and Nicks earned the honor once (2011) during Smith's tenure in New Orleans. As a unit, the Saints offensive line earned the 2011 Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award.

In the last five seasons, the Saints pace the NFL in total offense (412.3 yards per game) and are fourth in the league in scoring offense (27.6 points per game). Their 7,474 yards of total offense in 2011 is an NFL record, while also holding the sixth (6,582 yards in 2014), eighth (6,574 yards in 2012) and fourteenth (6,391 in 2013) spots in league annals. The Saints 34.2 points per game in 2011 are fourth highest in single-season NFL history.

Prior to his time in New Orleans, Smith was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Butler University from 2007-09, after joining the university as the offensive line coach in 2006. Smith came to Butler University from his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University, where worked on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant from 2004-05.

The Milwaukee, Wis. native was a three-year starter and senior captain along the offensive line at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-03, graduating in 2004.

Recent Articles

  • Coaches Corner with Frank Smith

    Posted Jul 10, 2015

    ChicagoBears.com introduces you to new Bears tight ends coach Frank Smith, a Milwaukee native who blocked for Ben Roethlisberger as a three-year starting offensive lineman at Miami (Ohio).

  • 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.

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