LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears reached an agreement with Sam Garnes (assistant defensive backs), Dave Magazu (offensive line coach) and Derius Swinton II (assistant special teams coach) to join their coaching staff.
The Bears have hired three new coaches and have waived five coaches from the old regime. In addition, the following coaches were informed they will not return to the club’s coaching staff for the 2015 season: assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, tight ends coach Andy Bischoff, linebackers coach Reggie Herring and assistant special teams coach Dwayne Stukes.
Sam Garnes (Assistant Defensive Backs Coach)
Sam Garnes spent the last four seasons (2011-14) as the assistant secondary/safeties coach for the Denver Broncos under Bears head coach John Fox.
In 2014, Denver’s defense was eighth in the NFL in opponent passer rating (82.4) while tying for seventh in the league with 18 interceptions. Their pass defense was ninth in the NFL in 2014, allowing 225.4 yards per game. This past season, under Garnes’ tutelage, Broncos safety T.J. Ward was named to the Pro Bowl along with cornerbacks Chris Harris, Jr. and Aqib Talib. During his tenure in Denver, Garnes also helped coach Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey (2011-12) and S Brian Dawkins (2011).
In 2013, the Broncos won the AFC Championship as the secondary had to deal with injuries to starting safety Rahim Moore and Bailey. In 2012, Denver’s secondary helped contribute to a defense that was second in the NFL in total defense (290.8 ypg), third in passing defense (199.6 ypg), fourth in scoring defense (18.1 ppg) and ninth in opponent passer rating (79.4).
In 2010, Garnes was a special teams and strength and conditioning assistant under Fox in Carolina, where he also worked closely with Bears special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.
Garnes participated in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program on two occasions: with New Orleans during its 2008 training camp and with Carolina during its 2007 training camp.
As an NFL safety with the New York Giants (1997-2001) and New York Jets (2002-03), Garnes started 105-of-106 games played, recording 577 tackles, 10 interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown – 41 pass break-ups, five forced fumbles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Garnes got his start in coaching in 2005 as a defensive coordinator at Emerson High School in Emerson, N.J. He went on to coach in NFL Europe in 2006, serving as the defensive backs coach of the Cologne Centurions. In 2009, he was the defensive backs coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives, helping them to the league’s inaugural championship.
The Bronx, N.Y. native was a three-time first-team All-Conference USA and All-Liberty Bowl Alliance choice at the University of Cincinnati, finishing his collegiate career as the Bearcats’ all-time leader in tackles and interceptions. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice.
Dave Magazu (Offensive Line Coach)
Dave Magazu has spent the last eight seasons as an NFL offensive line coach, including the last four with the Denver Broncos (2011-14). He has spent the last 12 seasons as a part of Bears head coach John Fox’s coaching staffs.
During his four seasons with the Broncos, Denver’s offensive line allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (100). The Broncos permitted the fewest sacks in the NFL in 2014 (17) and 2013 (20) and allowed the second-fewest sacks in 2012 (21). In 2011, he coached the second-youngest starting offensive line in the NFL, as the unit helped the Broncos finish atop the NFL with a team-record 164.5 rushing yards per game.
Under Magazu’s tutelage, three Broncos offensive linemen were named to the Pro Bowl: G Zane Beadles (2012 season), T Ryan Clady (2011-12 and ’14) and G Louis Vasquez (2013). For Beadles and Vasquez, it was their first-ever Pro Bowl nods. Clady (2012) and Vasquez (2013) were also named first-team NFL All-Pro’s by the Associated Press during that time.
Behind Magazu’s offensive line, the Broncos passing attack ranked sixth in the NFL over the last four seasons, averaging 266.8 net passing yards per game. Denver’s ground game ranked ninth in the NFL during that time, averaging 126.9 yards per game and the offensive unit as a whole was third in the NFL in total offense (393.7 ypg) and scoring offense (29.3 points per game).
Prior to his time with the Broncos, Magazu spent eight seasons in Carolina coaching tight ends (2003-06) and offensive line (2007-10). During his tenure as offensive line coach of the Panthers, Carolina allowed 136 sacks, 15th fewest in the NFL, including ranking ninth in the NFL in sacks allowed from 2007-09 (86). From 2007-10, Carolina’s rushing offense was fifth in the NFL averaging 134.5 yards per game with a rushing average of 4.5 yards per carry, fourth best in the league during that time. T Jordan Gross (2008 and ’10) and C Ryan Kalil (2009-10) were each named to their first two career Pro Bowls under Magazu’s leadership. Gross was also named first-team All-Pro by the AP in 2008.
In 2009, Carolina became the first team in NFL history with two 1,000-yard rushers (Jonathan Stewart-1,133; DeAngelo Williams-1,117) in a single season.
Magazu came to Carolina from the collegiate coaching ranks, spending the 1999-2002 seasons as Boston College’s offensive line coach. During his tenure at BC, Magazu coached future Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl Champion starting offensive linemen: C Dan Koppen and G Chris Snee. Behind Magazu’s offensive lines, Boston College’s rushing attack ranked in the top 30 in the nation in each season from 1999-2001 (29th in 1999, 20th in 2000 and 18th in 2001) and junior RB William Green was second in the nation with 155.9 rushing yards per game in 2001. In 2002, junior RB Derrick Knight was 23rd in the nation in rushing (110.1 ypg).
Prior to joining Boston College, Magazu was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Memphis from 1997-98. During his time in Memphis he coached future NFL offensive lineman Artis Hicks, who earned freshman All-America honors in 1998.
Magazu’s collegiate coaching career also included coaching stops at Kentucky (centers/guards, 1995-96) Colorado State (centers/guards, 1992; offensive line, 1993-94), Indiana State (offensive coordinator/offensive line, 1990-91), the U.S. Naval Academy (offensive line/special teams, 1987-89), Ball State (offensive coordinator/offensive line, 1985-86), Northern Illinois (offensive tackles/tight ends, 1984), Michigan (graduate assistant, 1983), Eastern Michigan (offensive line, fall of 1982), North Carolina State (part time assistant offensive tackles, spring of 1982), Western Michigan (part-time assistant offensive line, 1981) and Ithaca College (graduate assistant, 1980).
The Taunton, Mass native was a four-year starter at defensive tackle for Springfield College (1976-79), graduating from the school in 1980. He and his wife, Carrie, have five children, including four sons: Anthony, Damon, Dominick and Roman, and a daughter, Olivia.
Derius Swinton II (Assistant Special Teams Coach)
Derius Swinton has six years NFL experience coaching special teams, including the last two as Denver’s assistant special teams coach.
In his two seasons in Denver, the Broncos were ninth in the NFL in field goal percentage (89.1, 49-of-55). In 2013, K Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2 percent, 25-of-26) and points scored (150). Prater’s 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013 is the longest in NFL history. In 2014, Connor Barth’s 93.8 field goal percentage (15-of-16) was second-highest in franchise single-season history. Broncos returner Trindon Holliday is one of only two players in the NFL to have both a punt and kickoff return touchdown since the start of the 2013 season.
Swinton came to the Broncos after serving as a special teams quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. During that season, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt was named to his first Pro Bowl after ranking second in the NFL in punts inside-the-20 (45). Kansas City’s special teams units also accounted for three forced fumbles, one blocked punt and one touchdown during the 2012 campaign.
Prior to his time in Kanas City, Swinton spent three seasons (2009-11) in St. Louis as the Rams quality control – special teams coach. The Rams were third in the NFL in net punting average (39.3 yards per punt) and combined kick return yards (5,802), fourth in punt return average (11.0 yards per return) and fifth in punts downed inside-the-20 (95) during his tenure in St. Louis.
Swinton made his coaching debut as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee in 2007, a title he held for two years. In 2008, the Volunteers ranked third in the nation in total defense (263.5 ypg).
The Newport News, Va. native played safety at Hampton University from 2003-06 after playing high school football A.T. Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va.