Shea's Bio

The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday Terry Shea has been named offensive coordinator. He has 35 years of offensive coaching experience.

Terry Shea joins the Bears after three seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach, mentoring AFC Pro Bowl QB Trent Green.

Shea comes from the offensive school of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. The two coached together at Stanford (1992-94) where Shea was the offensive coordinator and associate head coach, winning a Pac-10 title with the Cardinal in 1993 for the first time since 1971 and recording 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1940.

While with the Chiefs, Kansas City QBs completed over 61 percent of their passes over the past two seasons, breaking the previous franchise single-season record in 2002 (292 of 477, 61.2%) which had stood since 1962, then surpassed that mark in 2003, completing 63.2 percent of their passes (339 of 536).

Those numbers were due in large part to the play of Green, who flourished under Shea's tutelage. Green threw a career-high 26 TD passes in 2002 and has 50 in the last two seasons (24 in 2003). He led the NFL in yards per attempt each of the past two seasons (7.85 in 2002 and 7.72 in 2003) and led the League in TD percentage (5.5) in 2002. The Chiefs signal-caller finished each of the past two seasons with a quarterback rating of over 92.4 (92.6 in 2002, the fifth-highest mark in team annals; and 92.4 in 2003).

The former collegiate quarterback from Oregon (1965-67) has been instrumental in the tutelage of several QBs who have been productive in the NFL including San Francisco's three-time Pro Bowl QB Jeff Garcia while at San Jose State (1990-91) and Detroit's Mike McMahon who played for Shea at Rutgers.

Shea has been a collegiate head coach for a total of seven seasons. He joined the Chiefs in 2001 after spending five years (1996-2000) as the head coach at Rutgers University. He also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Scarlet Knights. In 1998, he was named the Big East Coach of the Year after orchestrating the second-biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA Division I history by taking a team which finished 0-11 in 1997 and producing a 5-6 mark just a year later.

Following his three-year stint with Walsh at Stanford, he was with the CFL's British Columbia Lions in 1995. Shea joined the Cardinal after a two-year head coaching stint at San Jose State (1990-91) where he compiled a 15-6-2 record and led the school to a pair of Big West titles.

Shea, who had previously served as offensive coordinator at San Jose State (1984-86), led the Spartans offense in 1986 that led the nation in both total offense and passing offense. Between his stints at San Jose State, he spent three years as the offensive coordinator at the University of California (1987-89) under head coach Bruce Snyder.

The San Mateo, Calif., native began his Division I coaching career at Utah State and coached the secondary, special teams, quarterbacks and receivers during his tenure (1976-81). Shea joined Utah State after a six-year stint at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon (1970-75), where he coached the passing game, secondary and special teams.

Shea played quarterback at the University of Oregon (1965-67) and, following his graduation, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1968-69) for the Ducks.

Pro coach: Kansas City Chiefs 2001-03 (quarterbacks) , British Columbia Lions 1995 (CFL/QBs-RBs). College coach: Rutgers 1996-2000 (head coach), Stanford 1992-94 (associate head coach/offensive coordinator), San Jose State 1990-91 (head coach), California 1987-89 (offensive coordinator), San Jose State 1984-86 (offensive coordinator), Utah State 1976-1981 (DBs-Special Teams-QBs-WRs-Offensive Coordinator), Mt. Hood J.C. (Ore.) 1970-75 (Passing Game-Secondary-Special Teams), Oregon 1968-69 (Graduate Assistant).


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