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Hot Corner: One-on-one with Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke

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Hoke is considered one best positicoaches league could be candidate for some defensive-coordinator openings. He has been past.

Jon Hoke, Defensive backs Hoke is considered one of the best position coaches in the league and could be a candidate for some defensive-coordinator openings. He has been in the past. Helped development of Tim Jennings, Major Wright and Chris Conte.

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Updated: November 16, 2011 9:04AM



On Saturday, the Hoke brothers will be doing what they love: preparing to coach football players.

Brady, the head coach at Michigan, will try to lead his team to victory over Northwestern at Ryan Field while Jon will coach the Bears’ defensive backs at Halas Hall in preparation for a Monday night game against the host Detroit Lions.

So here are my pressing questions for Jon:

SJ: How close are you and Brady?

JH: I’m two years older. We shared a room all the way until high school, so obviously we’re very close.

SJ: How competitive were you two?

JH: I wanted to make sure that I played better than him [at whatever] game [we were playing], but we didn’t play similar positions.

SJ: Any jealousy that he’s already a head coach? Do you have that aspiration?

JH: I’d like to be a coordinator someday. And sure, I’d like to see if I can become a head coach in the National Football League. But right now, I’m extremely happy, and I’m extremely happy for him. So jealousy? No.

SJ: Any temptation to work with him?

JH: We never ­really talked about it. He knew I liked what I was doing, and I’m in a great organization.



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