Dunbar named D-Line coach

If the Bears defense is going to take a step forward in 2004 then the defensive line will have to be more productive. The Bears put Karl Dunbar in charge of the project Tuesday, as he was named the team's defensive line coach.

With the hiring of Dunbar as the defensive line coach the Bears only other coaching vacancy is the tight ends coach. The team is reportedly interested in one with NFL experience, while no names have surfaced the coaching staff is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

There is still a chance that Richard Dent could be added to the staff in a similar capacity to what he did last season under Dick Jauron. Dent spent his first year in coaching as an assistant defensive line coach, while his impact wasn't felt as the team had a record-low 17 sacks, he did a build a good relationship with Alex Brown and Michael Haynes.

Dunbar, a former college standout from LSU and six-year veteran at defensive tackle in the NFL, joins the Bears following six years coaching at the collegiate level. He was most recently the defensive line coach at Oklahoma State (2003) where he helped increase the Cowboys sack total from 28 to 32 during their 9-4 season which included a loss to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.

Dunbar, who was an all-Southeastern Conference lineman at LSU as a senior (1986-89), was the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater from 2000-02. Prior to his stint at LSU, he spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. He began his coaching career as the defensive line coach at Opelousas (La.) High School in 1996, then served as defensive coordinator at Beau Chene High School in Arnaudville, La., in 1997.

Drafted in the eighth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990 NFL Draft, he played for the New Orleans Saints in 1993 and spent two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95). Dunbar also played with the Orlando Thunder (1992) and the Rhein Fire (1995) of the World League.

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