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Ex-Bear Chris Harris returns as assistant coach

Chris Harris

Chris Harris

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Days after announcing his retirement via Twitter, former Bears safety Chris Harris didn’t waste any time pursuing his next career.

Harris will become the Bears defensive quality control coach, according to a league source, serving as a link between the team’s old defense and new defense.

Harris played under former Bears coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, but he also played under Mel Tucker, the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Originally a sixth-round pick out of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Harris played 101 NFL games, including 88 starts. He finished his career with 16 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.

Harris, 30, was traded from the Bears to the Carolina Panthers in 2007, but he returned in 2010. After his release in 2011, he spent time with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played for Tucker.

After Tucker was hired by the Bears, Harris called him an “outstanding coach.”

Asked why, Harris said, “He’s a guy that understands how teams are trying to attack him.

“He believes in his system and doesn’t panic when things aren’t going to plan.”



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