Monday January 19th, 2015

The Chicago Bears have hired Jeff Rodgers as their new special teams coordinator, the team announced Monday.

Rodgers spent the last four years holding the same position with the Denver Broncos under new Bears head coach John Fox.

Fox and Rodgers also worked together for two years when Fox was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. 

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From the Bears announcement: 

The Broncos returned six kicks for touchdowns during Rodgers’ tenure in Denver, tied for the second most in the NFL.

Under Rodgers’ tutelage, Broncos kicker Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2 percent, 25-of-26) and points scored (150). Prater’s 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013 is the longest in NFL history. In 2014, Connor Barth’s 93.8 field goal percentage (15-of-16) was second-highest in franchise single-season history.

Rodgers becomes Fox's first hire as the team's head coach. Rodgers replaces Joe DeCamillis, who was the Bears special teams coordinator and assistant head coach during the 2014 season.

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Fox will officially be introduced to the Denver media at Halas Hall on Monday.

- Josh Sanchez

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