English has been in the same position with Michigan for the past three seasons and is a 12-year coaching veteran of the college ranks. He would replace Perry Fewell, who left the Bears earlier in the week to become the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.
There were at least two NFL other teams reportedly interested in talking with English for the same position.
English would become the Bears their third secondary coach in as many seasons. Fewell replaced Vance Bedford, who left for a defensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State a year ago. Bedford also came to Chicago from Michigan in 1999. If English joins the staff, six of Lovie Smith's eight position coaches would have had their last job at the collegiate level before coming to Chicago.
Considering the team is expected to have a personnel makeover in the secondary, coaching will play an even more important role. CB Jerry Azumah is likely to leave as an unrestricted free agent. Veteran S Mike Green could become a salary cap casualty this off-season.
Cornerback will be high on the Bears list of needs going into the draft and safety could also become a priority. English has firsthand knowledge of talent headed for the NFL and would play a key role in getting a rookie ready to contribute.
Another Hole to Fill?
It appears the Bills might not be done raiding the Bears coaching staff. The Sun-Times reported that Buffalo has been granted permission to talk to defensive quality control coach Lloyd Lee about their linebacker coach opening.
DT Darrell Campbell, who finished the season on the practice squad, has been added to Cleveland's roster. The Notre Dame product spent the past two years around Halas Hall trying to rehab a knee he injured during a pre-draft workout.