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Bill Shuey

Outside Linebackers

College: Slippery Rock

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA


Bill Shuey enters his fourth season with the Bears in 2021 and his first as outside linebackers coach. Prior to his promotion on Jan. 29, 2021, Shuey spent two seasons as a pass rush analyst/assistant linebackers coach and defensive quality control assistant in 2018 on Matt Nagy's staff.

Most recently in 2020, Chicago's defense held opposing passers to 231.6 passing yards per game and a 64.0% completion percentage. Newcomer Jaylon Johnson, despite missing three games, finished fourth in the NFC with 15 passes defensed and had five games this season with multiple PDs. The Bears safety position was held down by fourth-year veteran Eddie Jackson (82 tackles, 5 passes defensed) and newcomer Tashaun Gipson (66 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 2 INTs). Two of the position groups highlights this season were game-winning interceptions on the opponent's final drives as Tashaun Gipson picked off Matt Ryan in the final seconds of a Week 3 road win at Atlanta and DeAndre Houston-Carson took one away from Teddy Bridgewater in a Week 6 victory at Carolina. Linebacker Roquan Smith also had a breakout season earning second-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his three NFL seasons after registering 139 total tackles (98 solo), 4.0 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed and six quarterback hits. His 18 tackles for loss led all defensive players in the NFC while his 139 tackles ranked fourth. He also finished the season as the only NFL defender to record 100+ tackles and 10 tackles for loss while having at least two sacks and two interceptions.

In 2019, Shuey helped guide a pass defense that limited opposing offenses to 222.1 passing yards per game, the second-best average among NFC teams and ninth among all NFL teams. Chicago's linebackers also played a role in the Bears run defense which allowed just 102.0 rushing yards per game, which ranked fourth in the NFC and ninth overall.

Shuey's first role with the Bears came as a defensive quality control assistant in 2018, where he worked with the defensive line, inside linebackers and special teams.

Prior to his arrival in Chicago he spent six seasons at Widener (2014-17) and West Chester (2012-13) Universities and 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, including three as the team's linebackers coach.

At Widener, Shuey held the title of assistant head coach while also serving as defensive coordinator, co-special teams coordinator, secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2017, Widener led the nation with nine defensive touchdowns and ranked ninth with 3.5 sacks per game. They also finished in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense while three defenders earned All-America honors. In 2016, The Pride ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense (67.9 ypg) as well as 10th in sacks (3.6 pg) and tied for 14th in tackles for a loss (8.8 pg).

In 2015, the Widener defense finished the season ranked seventh nationally in total defense, third in sacks and tackles for a loss, sixth in passing defense, 19th in rushing defense, and fourth on third down conversions under Shuey's tutelage. The Widener defense also led the Middle Atlantic Conference in most defensive categories and saw defensive end Brandon Jones be recognized as the school's second consecutive MAC Defensive Player of the Year before later being selected as a All-America Second Team selection.

The Widener defense aided the program to a No. 10 overall ranking in the national polls and a 12-1 record in 2014. The defense ended the season ranked second nationally against the run as well as third in interceptions and tackles for loss. Widener's defense held opponents to 68.0 rushing yards per game and yielded only seven rushing touchdowns all season. The Pride also limited opponents to just under 18 points per contest.

Prior to Widener, Shuey worked for two seasons as the linebackers coach for West Chester. In 2013, the Golden Rams amassed a school-best 13-2 record that included three NCAA Tournament victories and a trip to the Division II semifinals. Both starting linebackers were honored by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, and middle linebacker Ronell Williams (now a defensive quality control assistant for the Bears) was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Before arriving at West Chester, Shuey was a member of the Eagles organization for 10 seasons, which included eight on Andy Reid's coaching staff. He spent four years as a defensive coach and worked directly under defensive coordinators Jim Johnson and Sean McDermott. The Eagles made the playoffs every year during Shuey's tenure as linebacker coach, reaching the NFC Championship Game during the 2008 campaign and capturing the NFC East title in 2010. In 2009, he received the honor of coaching the NFC Pro Bowl linebackers. Prior to working on the defensive side of the ball, he spent four seasons with the offensive coaching staff with coordinators Brad Childress and Marty Mornhinweg.

Prior to coaching, Shuey competed for the Lehigh Valley Panthers of the Colonial Football Alliance and the Pittsburgh Colts of the Grassroots Football League. He received his bachelor's degree in sport management from Slippery Rock in 1995 with a minor in business administration and his master's in physical education from West Virginia in 1998.

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Shuey currently resides in Lake Forest with his wife Maura, daughter, Ella, and sons Jack and Luke.