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Bears hire assistant

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Kevin O’Dea will replace Chris Tabor as the Bears’ assistant special-teams coach.

O’Dea held the same position with the Bears during the 2006-07 season, when the specialty units ranked No. 1 in the league in overall rankings compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. O’Dea was the New York Jets’ special-teams coordinator in 2008 and ’09 before serving in the same capacity with the UFL’s Hartford Colonials last season.

Tabor was named the Cleveland Browns’ special-teams ­coordinator Tuesday.

Neil Hayes

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