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Bears add Mike Adams as assistant DBs coach


The Bears on Tuesday hired Mike Adams as their assistant defensive backs coach.

Adams played safety for 16 NFL seasons with the 49ers (2004-06), Browns (2007-11), Broncos (2012-13), Colts (2014-16), Panthers (2017-18) and Texans (2019). He appeared in 228 games with 149 starts and recorded 30 interceptions—returning two for touchdowns—935 tackles, 90 pass breakups, 19 tackles-for-loss, 13 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and six sacks.

Adams had his most success with the Colts, earning the only two Pro Bowl trips of his career in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15. He established career highs with 87 tackles and five interceptions in 2014 and then followed with five interceptions again in 2015.

Adams entered the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted free agent from Delaware, where he played with Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Adams is part of a revamped defensive coaching staff in Chicago. Since the end of the 2020 season, the Bears have promoted Sean Desai from safeties coach to defensive coordinator and Bill Shuey from defensive pass analyst/assistant linebackers coach to outside linebackers coach, and hired position coaches Chris Rumph (defensive line) and Bill McGovern (inside linebackers). 

Adams will work alongside Deshea Townsend, who returns for his third season as Bears defensive backs coach.

Check out the best photos of the 2020 season—taken by Bears photographers—featuring players on the defensive side of the ball.

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