Bears round out staff

It appears as if Lovie Smith has completed his search for assistants with the hiring of Rob Boras as tight ends coach. The focus will now shift to finding talent for Smith and his staff to coach.

The Bears named Boras as the team's tight ends coach Wednesday. Boras joins the Bears following five seasons at UNLV (1999-2003) where he was head coach John Robinson's offensive coordinator for the past three years.

During his tenure with the Rebels, UNLV ranked among the nation's leaders in rushing offense, finishing 15th (2002), 16th (2001) and 13th (2000) in rushing while posting 28 individual 100-yard rushing games in 34 contests by seven different players during a three-year stretch (2000-02).

Prior to being named offensive coordinator, Boras coached the Rebels offensive line (1999-2000), a line which allowed only 12 quarterback sacks in 2001 and opened holes for a 1,000-yard rusher in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1973-74.

Boras takes over a position that has Desmond Clark as the top of the depth chart with Dustin Lyman and John Gilmore as the backups.

Clark caught 44 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with Chicago. In a new offensive scheme his production will have to go up.

Lyman missed the final seven games of the season with a bruised spleen. While he's a decent backup, staying healthy has always been a problem.

Gilmore has the best size of all three and has shown decent hands in the past, but he was never part of the passing offense last season.

Boras, a two-sport high school standout at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, was the head coach (1998) of NCAA Division III Benedictine University located in Lisle, Ill., after four seasons at the University of Texas (1994-97).

During his four years with the Longhorns, Boras served as an assistant offensive line coach (1994), tight ends coach (1995), a special assistant to the team (1996) and assistant special teams coordinator (1997). During his four-year stint in Austin, UT was Big 12 champions (1996), Southwest Conference champions (1995) and earned trips to the Fiesta Bowl (1996), Sugar Bowl (1995) and Sun Bowl (1994).

Prior to joining the Longhorns, Boras began his coaching career with his alma mater, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., following his graduation in 1992, spending two seasons as offensive line coach (1992-93).

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