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Bears add Johnson to coaching staff

The Bears on Monday hired Curtis Johnson as their new wide receivers coach.


New Bears receivers coach Curtis Johnson served as Tulane's head coach the past four seasons.

Johnson served as Tulane's head coach the past four seasons after spending 28 years coaching receivers at the NFL, collegiate and high school levels.

Johnson compiled a 15-34 record at Tulane, highlighted by the school's first bowl bid in 11 years following the 2013 season.

Prior to that, Johnson was receivers coach with the New Orleans Saints from 2006-11. During his six seasons, the Saints led the NFL in gross passing yards (28,749), completion percentage (67.6) and passing touchdowns (202), and had 42 100-yard receiving performances by wide receivers.

The Saints also made four playoff appearances in Johnson's six seasons, claiming three division titles and winning Super Bowl XLIV to cap the 2009 season. In 2011, New Orleans set an NFL record that has since been broken with 5,505 passing yards.

Prior to his time in New Orleans, Johnson spent 22 seasons as a receivers coach at the collegiate level. From 1996-2005, he was receivers coach at the University of Miami, where he helped recruit and develop future Pro Bowlers Andre Johnson, Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne among 10 NFL draft picks at the receiver position. The Hurricanes went on to win the 2001 National Championship during Johnson's tenure at the school.

The Bears also named Ben McDaniels as their offensive assistant and promoted Pierre Ngo to assistant strength and conditioning coach.

McDaniels has 13 years of coaching experience, spending the previous two seasons at Rutgers, including 2015 as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Ngo joined the Bears in 2015 as a strength and conditioning assistant after serving in the same role at UCLA (2014) and with the New York Jets (2013).

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