Michael Sinclair
Assistant Defensive Line


Michael Sinclair is in his first season as the Chicago Bears assistant defensive line coach after being hired by the franchise on January 18, 2013.

Michael Sinclair is in his first season as the Chicago Bears assistant defensive line coach after being hired by the franchise on January 18, 2013.

Sinclair spent the previous five seasons (2008-12) as the defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders after the 2012 season as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

While with Montreal, Sinclair was a part of a defensive coaching staff that helped the Alouettes to two Grey Cup Championships (2009 and 2010). In 2009, the Alouettes finished the season ranked first in 22 of the league’s 26 defensive categories and finished with the second fewest points per game allowed in modern CFL history.

Sinclair also spent two seasons (2007 and 2008) coaching in NFL Europe, winning two World Bowl titles while with the Hamburg Sea Devils.

Sinclair began his coaching career at West Texas A&M in 2005 and 2006 where he served as the team’s defensive line coach and helped lead the team to two Lone Star Conference championships.

As a player, Sinclair was a three-time Pro Bowl (1996-98) defensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks. In 11 seasons with the Seahawks (1992-2001) and Philadelphia Eagles (2002), Sinclair recorded 352 tackles, 73.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 148 games with 114 starts. His 73.5 sacks are second most in Seahawks franchise history. In 1998 he was a second-team All Pro after leading the NFL with a Seattle franchise-single season record 16.5 sacks. He also received the Steve Largent Award that season, presented each year to the player who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.

Collegiately, Sinclair played at Eastern New Mexico University from 1986 to 1990. He was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season, recording 16 sacks. He was also named to the LSC’s All-Decade Team.

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