Bears extend contract of WR coach Mike Groh

The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Mike Groh extending his contract to remain as the team’s wide receivers coach.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Mike Groh extending his contract to remain as the team’s wide receivers coach. This will be Groh’s third season as the team’s wide receivers coach after being named to the position on February 23, 2013.

Under Groh, the Bears have had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with Alshon Jeffery reaching the mark in both 2013 (1,421) and 2014 (1,133) and Brandon Marshall reaching the plateau in 2013 (1,295). Jeffery is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (2,554) over the last two seasons under Groh’s leadership and ninth in receptions (174) and tied for ninth in receiving touchdowns (17). Despite battling injuries, Marshall’s 20 touchdown receptions since 2013 are tied for seventh most in the NFL.

Under Groh, Jeffery and Marshall have three of the top eight single-season receiving marks in franchise history with Jeffery’s 1,421 yards in 2013 and 1,133 yards in 2014 ranking second and eighth, respectively, and Marshall’s 1,295 yards in 2013 ranking fifth.

In 2014, Jeffery finished 14th in the NFL in receiving yards, a year after ranking sixth in the league. His 10 touchdown catches in 2014 were tied for 12th most in the NFL, including six-straight contests with a TD grab, tied for the longest streak in the league last year and the third longest streak in team history.

In Groh’s two seasons with the club, Chicago’s offense has produced two of the top three highest passing marks in franchise history with 4,450 gross passing yards in 2013 (first) and 4,035 gross passing yards in 2014 (third).

Prior to joining the Bears, Groh spent two seasons as Alabama’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, helping lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships, his third overall at Alabama after serving as the offensive graduate assistant in 2009. In addition, Groh was recognized as the 2013 national recruiter of the year by Rivals and 24/7 Sports.

Groh spent the 2009 season at Alabama as an offensive graduate assistant as the Tide recorded a 14-0 record en route to the national championship.

In between his stints at Alabama, Groh spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville.

Groh coached at his alma mater, Virginia, for eight seasons (2001-08), including the final three years as the offensive coordinator for the Cavaliers. Groh started as the wide receivers coach before added the role of overseeing the quarterbacks in 2003. He also added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2005.

As the starting quarterback at Virginia in 1994-95, Groh is the only signal-caller in school history to lead the Cavaliers to nine wins and a bowl victory in consecutive seasons.

Groh played his final season at Virginia as a graduate student, after receiving his undergraduate degree in rhetoric and communication studies from Virginia in 1995. He attended the Baltimore Ravens training camp as a free agent in 1996 and later played in the World League for the Rhein Fire in 1997. Groh spent the 2000 season as an offensive assistant/quality control coach for the New York Jets.

Lattimore extension: The Chicago Bears also signed LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year extension. His contract now runs through the 2016 season.

Lattimore appeared in 10 games during his 2014 rookie season, recording five special teams tackles. The 6-1, 237-pound Athens, Ga. native entered the NFL with Chicago as an undrafted free agent from the University of South Florida.

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