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Bears hire David Walker as running backs coach

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The Bears on Wednesday hired David Walker as their new running backs coach.

Walker, 52, boasts 25 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL as a running backs coach with the Colts (2011-14) and Lions (2016-18).

As a player, Walker was a running back who appeared in 44 games over four seasons at Syracuse from 1989-92, rushing for 2,639 yards and 17 touchdowns on 502 carries and catching 44 passes for 384 yards and three TDs.

The Rochester, N.Y., native left Syracuse as the fourth-leading rusher in school history behind only Joe Morris, Larry Csonka and Floyd Little and ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Walker signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He spent part of his rookie season on Miami's practice squad but not appear in a regular-season game.

Walker started his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant at Miami's Carol City Senior High School. He then returned to his alma mater, Syracuse, to work as running backs coach from 1995-2004. In that role, he tutored three 1,000-yard rushers from 2000-03: Dee Brown (1,031 yards in 2000), James Mungro (1,170 yards in 2001) and Walter Reyes (1,135 yards in 2002 and 1,347 yards in 2003).

Walker then served as running backs coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-10 on coach Dave Wannstedt's staff. Walker tutored running back LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns in 25 games over two seasons in 2007-08.

Walker was hired by the Colts in 2011, and although coach Jim Caldwell and most of his staff were fired after the season, Walker remained with Indianapolis through 2014.

After working at Carmel High School in Indiana as offensive coordinator in 2015, Walker returned to the NFL, spending the next three seasons with the Lions. On Jan. 29, 2019, he announced that he was stepping away from coaching to pursue other opportunities.

Since being named Bears coach Jan. 27, Matt Eberflus has hired all three coordinators, eight position coaches, three assistant position coaches and one quality control coach:

Coordinators:

Luke Getsy (offense)
Alan Williams (defense)
Richard Hightower (special teams)

Position coaches:

Andrew Janocko (quarterbacks)
David Walker (running backs)
Tyke Tolbert (receivers/passing game coordinator)
Jim Dray (tight ends)
Chris Morgan (offensive line)
Travis Smith (defensive line)
Dave Borgonzi (linebackers)
James Rowe (defensive backs)

Assistant position coaches:

Austin King (offensive line)
Tim Zetts (tight ends)
David Overstreet II (defensive backs)

Quality control coaches:

Omar Young (offense)

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