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Bears hire Gilbride as tight ends coach


Bears tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride while coaching with the New York Giants during a 2017.

The Bears added another key member to new head coach Matt Nagy's staff Saturday with the hiring of Kevin Gilbride as tight ends coach.

Gilbride, 38, has spent the last eight seasons with the New York Giants, including the last four as their tight ends coach.

In New York, he demonstrated a knack to develop young players. Last season, Evan Engram led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions (64) and yards (722) and tied for first in touchdown catches (six). Engram also led the Giants in receptions and touchdown catches and finished second in receiving yards.

In 2015, Will Tye led all rookie tight ends in catches (42) and receiving yards (464) and tied for the lead in TD receptions (three). In 2016, Tye finished third on the Giants with 48 receptions for 395 yards and one TD.

Gilbride played both football and baseball at the University of Hawaii. He began his coaching career at the collegiate level at Syracuse as an offensive graduate assistant (2004-05) before moving on to Georgetown (2006) and Temple (2007-09).

Gilbride entered the NFL with the Giants in 2010 as an offensive quality control coach, winning a Super Bowl ring in his first season. He was promoted to receivers coach in 2012 and later became tight ends coach in 2014.

His father, Kevin Gilbride, is now retired after spending 20 years as an NFL coach, mostly as an offensive coordinator with the Oilers, Jaguars, Steelers, Bills and Giants but also head coach of the Chargers in 1997-98.

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