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Hoke, Phair will ease staff transition

Hoke, Phair will ease staff transition

Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Mike Phair, the only two coaches retained from Lovie Smith's staff, will help the Bears, and coordinator Mel Tucker, keep continuity on defense.

It was more than three weeks between the time former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was fired and the time Mike Phair and Jon Hoke were offered opportunities to keep their jobs. Needless to say, it was a nerve-wracking period for both positional coaches. "Obviously it's an anxious time when you don't know exactly what's going to go on," said Hoke, the club's defensive backs coach since 200...

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