Coaches

Mike Phair
Defensive Line

Biography

Mike Phair will begin his third season as defensive line coach of the Bears after being hired on February 3, 2011.

Mike Phair will begin his third season as defensive line coach of the Bears after being hired on February 3, 2011.

In 2012, the Bears had two defensive linemen named to the Pro Bowl in DT Henry Melton and DE Julius Peppers and Chicago ranked eighth in the NFL with 41 sacks. Thirty-eight of the Bears 41 sacks in 2012 came from defensive linemen.  Melton was named to his first career Pro Bowl and his 13 sacks under Phair’s tutelage rank second in the NFL for a defensive tackle since 2011. Peppers has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of Phair’s first two seasons with the team and has 22.5 sacks during that time. He is the first Bears player to have back-to-back double digit sack seasons (11 in 2011 and 11.5 in 2012) in a decade and in 2012 was tied for the NFL lead with four opponent fumble recoveries.

Last season was also a breakout year for DE Corey Wotton, who had a career-high seven sacks under Phair’s guidance. DE Israel Idonije had 7.5 sacks, the second-highest total of his NFL career.

In 2011, the Bears defensive line produced 30 of the team’s 33 sacks, seventh most in the NFL by a defensive front and the third highest percentage by a defensive line in the NFL (90.9).

Prior to joining the Bears, Phair spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks including the last three on their coaching staff. Phair held the positions of defensive assistant (2010), assistant defensive line coach (2009) and assistant linebacker coach (2008) with Seattle after spending the previous three years as an area scout for the Seahawks (2005-07), including their 2005 NFC Championship season. In 2008, Phair helped linebacker Julian Peterson to his fifth Pro Bowl nod.

Prior to coming to Seattle, Phair spent three seasons in the college scouting department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including their Super Bowl XXXVII championship season in 2002. Phair has college coaching experience with Arizona State (graduate assistant/defense working with the defensive line, 1999-2000) and Tiffin University (linebackers/special teams/recruiting, 2001).

Phair played collegiate football at Arizona State, starting two years at linebacker after beginning his career with the Sun Devils as a walk-on. He played two seasons at Mesa Community College, earning first-team all-conference honors in 1989.

Phair and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Parker, Coleman, Maisy and Ava.

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