Charles London is in his second season as the Bears running backs coach after being hired by the Bears on January 12, 2018. He returned to Chicago after serving as an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09. London owns a decade of coaching experience and spent four seasons as the Texans running backs coach prior to joining the Bears.
Under London’s watch, Tarik Cohen enjoyed a breakout season, both as a running back and a punt return specialist, while Jordan Howard nearly eclipsed the 1,000-yard milestone for a third consecutive season with 935 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Cohen led the team with 71 catches out of the backfield for a team-high 725 yards and five scores, while also rushing 99 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns. Cohen recorded a career-high 186 scrimmage yards in Week 13 against the Giants. His 156 receiving yards in that game were the most in a single game by a Bears running back since at least 1960 while his 12 catches matched a Bears single-game high for a running back.
The Texans’ 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. This past 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 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 (2004-06). He started as a graduate assistant in his first two years and was elevated to running backs coach in his final season.