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Bears add London as running backs coach


New Bears running backs coach Charles London in 2017, then the running backs coach with the Houston Texans.

The Bears on Friday announced that Charles London has been added to head coach Matt Nagy's staff as running backs coach.

London has spent nine seasons in the NFL, including the last four as the running backs coach for the Houston Texans. He returns to Chicago after serving as an offensive assistant with the Bears under head coach Lovie Smith from 2007-09.

In Houston, London coached a proficient ground game that helped propel the Texans to back-to-back AFC South championships in 2015-16 and three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

In 2016, the Texans ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 116.2 yards per game. Running back Lamar Miller set career highs in carries (268) and 100-yard games (4) and rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second time in his five-year career, becoming just the fourth player in Texans history to accomplish that feat.

Prior to coaching in Houston, London worked at Penn State as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator in 2012-13. He was key in the development of Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 1,989 yards in 2012-13, the third most rushing yards by a running back in the Big Ten during that span.

During his first stint with the Bears, London served as a quality control coach on offense in 2007 and an assistant receivers coach in 2008-09.

He spent the 2010 season as a pro scout with the Philadelphia Eagles and served as an offensive assistant and quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans in 2011.

London also coached at his alma mater, Duke, as a graduate assistant in 2004-05 before being promoted to running backs coach in 2006. During the summer of 2005, as part of the NFL's Minority Internship program, he did a coaching internship with the New England Patriots.

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