Wilson named QB coach

There was some speculation that Chris Chandler could slide into the quarterbacks coach role, but Lovie Smith decided to turn to a man with a similar background in Wade Wilson.

The Bears named Wade Wilson as the quarterbacks coach Monday. Wilson, a 22-year NFL veteran, spent three seasons (2000-02) as quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys following a 19-year playing career, which is surpassed by only seven other players in the history of the League.

Wilson's first season with the Cowboys coincided with veteran QB Troy Aikman's final season with the team. Wilson was called upon to prep four different quarterbacks for game action when Aikman started 11 games but was forced to miss five starts and parts of three other games with injuries.

Wilson's brought along four different starters at quarterback in 2002, marking the first time the Cowboys had more than three different starting quarterbacks in a single season.

When Bill Parcells came on as the Cowboys head coach in 2003 Wilson was not retained and spent a year away from the NFL.

Drafted in the eighth round (210th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, the future Pro Bowler (1988) led the Vikings to three playoff appearances in 11 seasons (1981-91) including the 1987 NFC Championships game. He also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons (1992), New Orleans Saints (1993-94), Dallas Cowboys (1995-97) and Oakland Raiders (1998-99). He served as Aikman's backup on the Cowboys Super Bowl XXX championship team in 1995.

Wilson completed his pro career with a 75.6 quarterback rating, completing 1,391 passes on 2,428 attempts for 17,283 yards. In 1988 (with Minnesota) he led the NFC with a 91.5 quarterback rating, completing 204 of 332 passes (61.4%) for 2,746 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His 61.4 percent completion rate led the NFL that season.

Wilson was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at East Texas State University, where he earned NAIA all-America and Lone Star Conference MVP honors as a senior while leading the conference in passing and total offense, completing 338 of 668 passes for 4,414 yards and 32 touchdowns during his four years with the Lions.


Bear Report Top Stories