Coaches & Assistants

Glenn Pires
Linebackers

Biography

Glenn Pires is in his third year as the Bears linebackers coach after being hired by the club on January 23, 2015.

Pires has 32 years coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate level, including 21 seasons in the NFL. He has spent 26 of those 32 years coaching linebackers.

Under Pires’ guidance, LBs Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan ranked first and third on the team in...

Glenn Pires is in his third year as the Bears linebackers coach after being hired by the club on January 23, 2015.

Pires has 32 years coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate level, including 21 seasons in the NFL. He has spent 26 of those 32 years coaching linebackers.

Under Pires’ guidance, LBs Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan ranked first and third on the team in total tackles, tallying 127 and 73 tackles, respectively. Rookie LB Nick Kwiatkoski paced all Bears first-year players in tackles with 52, while starting 7-of-14 games in his first professional season.

Pires came to Chicago by way of Atlanta where he spent seven seasons as the linebackers coach of the Falcons. In 2014 under Pires' tutelage, second-year Falcons LB Paul Worrilow was fifth in the NFL with 142 tackles.

During the 2013 season Pires helped Worrilow, who was an undrafted rookie free agent, lead the Falcons and tie for 11th in the NFL with 127 tackles. That year, Worrilow recorded 19 tackles in back-to-back contests (November 3 at Carolina and November 10 versus Seattle), tied for the most in any game by a Falcons player since at least 1991. In 2013, Pires also helped Joplo Bartu, another undrafted rookie, finish third on the team with 85 tackles while adding eight tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks.

In 2012, the Falcons primary starting linebacking combo of Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas and Akeem Dent combined to tally 309 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

During the 2011 season, the Falcons finished sixth in the NFL in rush defense (97.0 yards per game) and second in opponent red zone scoring efficiency (78.7 percent, 37 scores in 47 drives).

In both 2009 and 2010, the Falcons defense finished 10th in the NFL in rushing defense yielding 105.9 and 106.8 yards per game, respectively. Pires helped LB Curtis Lofton earn All-Rookie honors from Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly in 2008 after he finished with 108 tackles, the second most by any NFL rookie.

Pires came to Atlanta from Miami where he spent five seasons on the coaching staff working as assistant linebackers coach (2007), defensive quality control coach (2005-06) and assistant defensive line coach (2003-04). During that time he worked with Pro Bowl LBs Zach Thomas and Joey Porter and Pro Bowl defensive ends Jason Taylor and Adewale Ogunleye.

Before his time in Miami, Pires spent two years (2001-02) as linebackers coach of the Lions. From 1996-2000, Pires worked as the linebackers coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

In the collegiate ranks, Pires coached at Syracuse (graduate assistant, 1983-84; defensive line, 1989-90; outside linebackers, 1991-94), Dartmouth (defensive line/linebackers coach, 1985-88) and Michigan State (outside linebackers/recruiting coordinator, 1995).

He started his coaching career as an assistant at Melrose High School (Mass.).

The New Bedford, Mass., native was a four-year letterman along the offensive line at Springfield College (Mass.), earning his bachelor's in education in 1980.

Pires and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Jackie and one son, Michael.

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    Posted Jan 23, 2015

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