(CBS) The Bears have reportedly completed their new coaching staff and the final hire is somewhat of a surprise.
According to BamaOnLine.com, Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh has accepted the same position with the Bears after interviewing with the team.
The hire is a surprise because Groh, 41, is also the Crimson Tide’s recruiting coordinator and widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country. He hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2000 when he started his coaching career with the New York Jets. After that season, he moved on to Virginia where he had played quarterback in the early 1990s.
Still, Groh is a highly respected wide receivers coach and for a position coach hiring, this one qualifies as a splash.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated earlier Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he had decided on a wide receivers coach, but did not reveal who it was.
“We’re excited about both the fit that he will bring to the team and what he’ll do in a receivers situation as far handling the guys on a daily basis,” Trestman said.
He also indicated the hire would be announced in the next few days. It was the final position open on the Bears coaching staff.