Curtis Johnson Leaving Bears Coaching Staff

By Chris Emma–

(CBS) John Fox has lost another assistant from his Bears coaching staff, with receivers coach Curtis Johnson becoming the third individual to voluntarily move on this month, a source confirmed.

Johnson’s departure, which was first reported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, means the Bears will be returning just three offensive assistants — coordinator Dowell Loggains, quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and tight ends coach Frank Smith.

Johnson was hired by the Bears last February to replace receivers coach Mike Groh, who became passing game coordinator for the Rams. Johnson left the Bears voluntarily and will pursue other options in the NFL.

Previously the head coach of Tulane, Johnson brought an intense demeanor to the task of coaching the Bears’ receivers. He was lauded by players, including second-year pro Kevin White.

The Bears have replaced fired offensive line coach Dave Magazu with Jeremiah Washburn. They fired assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes and replaced him with Roy Anderson. Running backs coach Stan Drayton departed to become assistant head coach at Texas and was replaced in Chicago by Curtis Modkins, the former 49ers offensive coordinator.

Now, the Bears will have another coach to replace with Johnson moving on.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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