Charles London is in his first season as running backs coach for the Bears after being hired by the Bears on January 12, 2018. He returns to Chicago after serving as an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09. London has spent nine seasons in the NFL, the past four as the running backs coach for the Houston Texans.
Houston's ground game was instrumental in the team winning back-to-back AFC South crowns in 2015-16 and posting three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. In London's first three years with the team, the Texans ranked third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in rushing. Last season the Texans finished seventh in the AFC 115.1 rushing yards per game.
In 2016, the Texans featured the eighth-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 116.2 yards per game and rushing for 1,859 yards as a team. In Lamar Miller's first season with the Texans, he set career highs in carries (268) and 100-yard games (4) and topped 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his five-year career, becoming just the fourth player in Texans history to accomplish the feat.
Prior to coaching in Houston, London spent two seasons (2012-13) at Penn State University as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time there London was key in the progression of RB Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 1,989 yards from 2012-13, good for the third-most rushing yards by a running back in the Big Ten in that time.
In 2011, London served as offensive assistant and quality control coach for the Tennessee Titans and spent the 2010 season as a pro scout for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that, he worked three years as an offensive assistant with the Chicago Bears (2007-09) – his first year as a quality control coach on offense and his final two years as offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach.
London also has three years of coaching experience at his alma mater, Duke University (2004-06). He started as a graduate assistant in his first two years and was elevated to running backs coach in his final season.