LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Clint Hurtt to become the team’s outside linebackers coach.
This will be Hurtt’s second season with the team after spending 2014 as the Bears assistant defensive line coach.
In 2014, the Bears increased their sack total to 39, up from 31 a year prior to Hurtt’s arrival. Thirty-five of the Bears 39 sacks (89.7 percent) came from defensive linemen in 2014 up from 21-of-31 (67.7) in 2013.
In 2014, under Hurtt’s tutelage, defensive end Willie Young led the team with a career-high 10 sacks after totaling just six sacks in his previous four NFL seasons with Detroit. Young became just the second player to record double-digit sacks in his first year with the Bears since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Jeremiah Ratliff finished tied for eighth among defensive tackles with 6.5 sacks, the second most for the 10-year NFL vet in single-season. Fellow DT Stephen Paea added a career-high six sacks. Ego Ferguson finished fourth among rookie defensive tackles with two sacks and added three pass break-ups.
Prior to joining the Bears in 2014, Hurtt spent 13 years in the collegiate coaching ranks. From 2010-13, he worked as Louisville’s defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. In 2013, Louisville’s defense was tops in the nation in sacks (3.31 per game; 43 sacks in 13 games), total defense (251.5 yards per game), rushing defense (80.7 ypg), second in scoring defense (12.2 points per game), fifth in passing defense (170.8 yards per game) and sixth in tackles for losses with 7.8 per game (102 TFLs). Under Hurtt’s tutelage in 2013, senior Marcus Smith led the nation in sacks (1.12 per game; 14.5 sacks) and junior Lorenzo Mauldin was tied for 25th with .73 sacks per game (9.5). Hurtt also worked with current Seahawks DE Greg Scruggs during his time with the Cardinal.
Hurtt came to Louisville from Miami (Fla.), his alma mater, where he worked as the team’s defensive line coach from 2006-09, adding the title of recruiting coordinator in 2007. It was his second stint at his alma mater after beginning his coaching career as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach from 2001-02 before working as a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes from 2003-04. During his time in Miami, Hurtt worked with Cardinals DE Calais Campbell and Chiefs DE Allen Bailey.
In between stints at Miami, Hurtt spent the 2005 season at Florida International University as the Golden Panthers defensive line coach. During the 2005 season, Hurtt helped move Antwan Barnes from linebacker to defensive end and finish the year with 9.5 sacks. Barnes would go on to be the first FIU player ever selected in the NFL Draft.
Hurtt was a three-year letterman at Miami (1997, 1999-2000) before his career ended prior to the 2001 season due to injury.