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Bears hire Ragone as QBs coach

The Bears on Friday hired Dave Ragone as their new quarterbacks coach. He replaces Dowell Loggains, who was promoted to offensive coordinator Jan. 11.


Dave Ragone played quarterback with the Texans and has coached for the Titans and Redskins.

The two worked together for three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, with Ragone coaching receivers (2011-12) and quarterbacks (2013) and Loggains serving as quarterbacks coach (2010-12) and later coordinator for the final five games in 2012 and the entire 2013 season.

A former star quarterback at Louisville, Ragone played in the NFL with the Houston Texans from 2003-05 and has been an assistant in the league for four seasons. He spent the 2015 campaign with the Washington Redskins as an offensive quality control coach.

As quarterbacks coach with the United Football League's Hartford Colonials in 2010, Ragone worked closely with Josh McCown, who led the league in passer rating and touchdown passes.

Ragone, 36, was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2003 draft. He played in four games with two starts as a rookie, completing 20 of 40 passes for 135 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a 47.4 passer rating.

In the spring of 2005, Ragone was named Offensive MVP of NFL Europe while playing for the Berlin Thunder. He led the league with a 97.5 passer rating and set a league record by throwing 174 straight passes without an interception.

At Louisville, Ragone was a three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.

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