Bears hire David Walker as running backs coach – NBC Chicago

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Another piece has been added to Matt Eberflus’ coaching staff puzzle. On Wednesday, the Bears announced that the team had hired David Walker to be the next running backs coach.

Walker has seven years of coaching experience at the NFL level, all as a running backs coach. Most recently, Walker was with the Lions from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, he worked with the Colts from 2011 to 2014. He left practice in 2019 to spend more time with his family.

No running back in the NFL has ever exceeded 1,000 yards with Walker leading the room, but he has had some success with “committee running back” approaches. In 2014, Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Dan Herron combined for 1,295 and six touchdowns on 327 carries. In 2012, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown racked up 1,2321 yards on 319 carries. And in 2011, Brown, Joseph Addai and Delone Carter rushed for 1,455 yards on 353 almost evenly split carries.

During Walker’s time in Detroit, the racing game never took off. But in 2018, he helped rookie Kerryon Johnson off to a promising start with 641 yards on 118 carries, good for a 5.4 YPC rate. It was easily Johnson’s best season as a pro.

The Bears have now hired the following position coaches, in addition to Walker:

-Dave Borgonzi, linebackers
-Jim Dray, tight ends
-Andrew Janocko, quarterback
-Chris Morgan, offensive line
-James Rowe, defensive backs
-Travis Smith, defensive line
-Tyke Tolbert, receiver/passing coordinator

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