Dent on board

The Bears named Richard Dent assistant defensive line coach Tuesday. Dent, the Bears' all-time sacks leader and MVP of Super Bowl XX, agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears. He will work with defensive line coach Larry Brooks focusing on the Bears pass rush.

"We're glad to have him on board," said Bears coach Dick Jauron. "He's a guy that really knows pass rush, studied it in-depth, continues to study it and we feel will add a great deal to our defensive staff."

Dent, who spent 12 years in a Bears uniform, recorded double-digit sack totals each season from 1984 to 1988 and holds Chicago's single-season sacks mark registering 17.5 in 1984, just his second season in the League. He finished his career with 137.5 sacks (124.5 with Chicago) which ranks fifth all-time in NFL history.

"I love the Bears and it's a pleasure to get back here and work with them on a different side, to help some of these young ballplayers," said Dent.

During his 12 years in Chicago, he led the team in sacks eight times, including eight seasons with double-digit sack totals.

The four-time Pro Bowler out of Tennessee State was selected by the Bears in the eighth round of the 1983 draft and quickly became one of the anchors of a historical defense which played in two NFC Championship games and won Super Bowl XX.

Dent played for San Francisco in 1994 and returned to the Bears for one season in 1995, playing in just five games during those two seasons. He played in 16 games for Indianapolis in 1996, recording 6.5 sacks, and finished his career in 1997 in Philadelphia where he had 4.5 sacks in 15 games.

During his 15-year NFL career, Dent played in 203 games with 151 starts, recording 675 total tackles (410 solo), eight interceptions, 38 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and one touchdown.

Dent came into the league as an undersized defensive end with good speed, but as the years went on had to rely more on technique to get to the quarterback. With several talented teammates Dent said became a good listener.

"I'm like a sponge," Dent said. "I do soak up information very well and put it into my portfolio and that's what I'm looking to offer some of the ballplayers here-to see how I can help them get to the next level as a player."

Dent has no previous coaching experience isn't looking at this opportunity as a stepping stone in order to move up the coaching ladder.

"I don't think I would have taken (a coaching job) anywhere else but Chicago," Dent said. "I'm really looking forward to doing the best that I can do and hopefully I can get the best out of some of the guys."

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