Bears wrap up deals for Blache, other assistants

The only coaching contract still to be negotiated by Bears management now is head coach Dick Jauron's extension after defensive coordinator Greg Blache agreed to a three-year deal.

Blache, offensive line coach Bob Wylie, running backs coach Earle Mosley, defensive backs coach Vance Bedford and quality control coaches Chuck Bullough and Charlie Coiner have all received new contracts from the team. Every coach is under contract for next year, since Jauron has one year left on his current deal.

Blache had interviewed with Indianapolis for a head coaching job before the Colts hired Tony Dungy.

''If I couldn't be a head coach, I wanted to come back to Chicago,'' Blache said. ''I want to finish what we started there. I like the organization, I like the players and you know how I feel about Dick Jauron.''

The Bears' defense has improved each year under Blache in yards allowed. They finished 15th overall in yardage and second against the run. They also set the franchise record for rushing yards allowed and allowed the fewest points in the league.

Blache's deal could be a gauge for the length of Jauron's new contract. Because it's a three-year deal, it's reasonable to expect a two- or three-year extension to Jauron's deal.

However, the Bears are revealing nothing about those contract talks other than to say they are certain a deal is coming. ``There's nothing concrete,'' Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. ``We're just kind of working on the whole package and how it ties in. ``I don't elaborate on negotiations with a player or coaches. So I'll leave it at that.''

Angelo did say part of the problem of getting Jauron's extension complete is ``logistics.'' Angelo was at Senior Bowl practices the week following the Bears' season. Team president Ted Phillips has been tied up in meetings about the new Soldier Field and the personal seats licenses. Details on those personal seat licenses for season ticket holders are expected to be announced Wednesday.

``It's imminent Dick is going to be our football coach,'' Angelo said. ``In terms of what we're doing contractually , the language, I'm not going to get into that.''

``So we'll work through it,'' Angelo added. ``I'm not going to make this thing bigger than what it is. We'll get it done. Dick is going to be our football coach and we'll announce that when it's done.''

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