Bears Hire Ex-Texas HC Tom Herman

Matt Nagy decided to add an experienced college head coach to his staff. Former Texas and Houston HC Tom Herman will join the Bears as an offensive analyst, the team announced.

Fired after four seasons with the Longhorns, Herman is 54-22 in six seasons as a college HC. He has spent his entire career in the college game, beginning that run in the late 1990s.

Herman, 45, has an offensive coaching background. He worked as offensive coordinator at Iowa State and Ohio State from 2009-14, spending three seasons under Urban Meyer in Columbus before taking the Houston HC job. Herman, who was in charge of a Buckeyes national championship-winning offense that lost two QBs due to injury (in 2014, when both Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett went down), has been either a college head coach or offensive coordinator since 2005.

Nagy has not been averse to bringing in college coaches for his staff. His hired ex-Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as his first OC with the Bears; that partnership lasted two years. Bill Lazor currently serves as Chicago’s OC.

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    • ab3b29

      Don’t be a hater. Last time I checked the horns have won a national championship more recently than your sooners.

      • afsooner02

        How’d herm dog do vs those Sooners…..go ahead I’ll wait. How many conf titles did he win?

        Stop being a moron.

    • chace alexander

      I think this is a sign Pace is gonna try to grab Sam Ehlinger late in the draft.

  1. arty!

    On sportsnaught, they have an article saying the Bears might be interested in Alex Smith. Does Chicago even understand the QB position?

    • Thronson5

      What’s wrong with Smith? He doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, has a better arm than people give him credit for and he is winner, guy does what it takes to win. He’s not great but he’s not bad at all. Plus won’t cost much. I personally hope the 49ers bring him back to backup Jimmy. I love the guy. Bears definitely should be looking for someone better but I definitely think they could do worse also.

      • arty!

        There’s nothing wrong with Smith. Seems like a great guy. But you simply don’t build a team around a good 36 year old QB. A HoF caliber QB at 36 might be worth the risk, but not Smith.

  2. JrodFunk5

    This is the best he could do? An offensive analyst? Figured he’d get a mid or low level power 5 HC job.

    • Ak185

      A head coaching job at Texas (or any of the traditional power schools, really) can take it out of you. Herman will probably lay low for a year or two, and do a less stressful job than recruiting kids and dealing with boosters all year long.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Both Pace and Nagy are on borrowed time in Chicago so the Bears can’t attract the higher quality coaches. How many analysts, quality control people and assistants does it take to change a lightbulb anyway?

  4. leprechaun

    The Bears are heading towards 4-12 maybe 4-13 if the season gets expanded. Both Pace and Nagy are lame ducks

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