(CBS) The Bears announced the hiring of quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and running backs coach Skip Peete Friday.
Cavanaugh returns to the Bears after serving as the offensive coordinator under Dave Wannstedt in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, he helped guide quarterback Erik Kramer to 3,011 passing yards, the eighth-highest single-season mark in franchise history. Cavanaugh was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets for the last four seasons and was fired at the end of this past season, most likely serving as the scapegoat for Mark Sanchez’s and Tim Tebow’s struggles.
Cavanaugh was also the offensive coordinator in Baltimore when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000. He stayed there until 2005 when he joined Wannstedt’s staff at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Pitt, which happens to be his alma mater.
Peete, meanwhile, comes to Chicago from Dallas, where he was the Cowboys’ running backs coach from 2007-12. Before that, Peete was the running backs coach in Oakland from 1998-2006, working with new Bears head coach Marc Trestman from 2001-03, when Trestman was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator.