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Bears add Curtis as safeties coach

Andre Curtis

The Bears on Thursday hired Andre Curtis as their new safeties coach.

Curtis, 45, boasts 22 years of coaching experience, including the last 16 in the NFL. The Virginia native spent the past seven seasons with the Seahawks as safeties coach (2015-16), defensive backs coach (2017) and defensive passing game coordinator (2018-21).

During his tenure in Seattle, six defensive backs combined to make nine trips to the Pro Bowl: Kam Chancellor (2015), Richard Sherman (2015, 2016), Earl Thomas (2015, 2017), Shaquill Griffin (2019), Jamal Adams (2020) and Quandre Diggs (2020, 2021).

Curtis entered the NFL in 2006 with the Giants as a defensive quality control coach, a role he held through 2008. He then spent three seasons as Rams defensive backs coach (2009-11) and three years as Saints assistant secondary coach (2012-14) before joining the Seahawks.

As a player, Curtis was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker at Virginia Military Institute from 1996-99, compiling 354 career tackles and being named second-team All-Southern Conference in 1998. He earned a bachelor's degree at VMI in economics and business. 

Curtis began his coaching career at his alma mater as linebackers coach from 2000-03. He then worked at Georgia Southern as defensive ends coach in 2004-05 before joining the Giants.

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