Bears linebackers coach Reggie Herring receiving rave reviews
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter July 29, 2014 8:50PM
Updated: July 30, 2014 1:56AM
BOURBONNAIS — It’s difficult to quantify the impact of position coaches, but Bears linebackers coach Reggie Herring already has attained a Rod Marinelli-like respect from his players.
‘‘I love coach Herring; he’s awesome,’’ linebacker Khaseem Greene said. ‘‘He brings the best out of not only myself, but all of us. And it’s not just the linebackers. It’s anybody he talks to or coaches up. He brings out the best in them because he’s got so much football knowledge and has coached some of the greatest [players]. He does a great job.’’
Herring, 55, was hired in the offseason to replace Tim Tibesar, who was fired after one season. One big difference is experience. Tibesar had never coached in the NFL. Herring has eight years of NFL
experience with the Texans (2002-03, 2011-13) and Cowboys (2008-10). Herring also has 25 years of college experience at Arkansas, North Carolina State, Clemson, Texas Christian, Auburn and
‘‘We had great coaches last year, as well,’’ Greene said. ‘‘It’s just something about coach Herring that’s kind of clicking a little bit differently with some of the guys, especially myself. It’s a good thing.’’
Herring has a big job to do, with several young linebackers expected to play key roles. Jon Bostic started nine games as a rookie last year. Greene started four as a rookie. Shea McClellin, the Bears’ 2012 first-round draft pick, is making a transition from defensive end to strong-side linebacker.
‘‘He’s definitely the kind of coach you want to play for,’’ McClellin said. ‘‘He’s very passionate and intense and makes you love football.’’
One particularly intriguing Herring project is Christian Jones, an undrafted rookie from Florida State who signed with the Bears in part because of Herring, who played linebacker with Jones’ father, Willie Jones Sr., at Florida State in 1978.
‘‘He has a great body you want to develop,’’ Herring said of the 6-3, 240-pound Jones. ‘‘He’s a great kid. We’re excited about him being here. He’s raw. There is a process. But we are very pleased with where he is.’’