English has Change of Heart

Two days after the Bears officially named Ron English the secondary coach, it appears the team will need to begin another search.

Sources close to the situation say Ron English he has decided to stay at the University of Michigan and will be named defensive coordinator. He has spent the past three seasons as the Wolverines secondary coach.

When it appeared English would only be offered the co-coordinator job, he decided to take the position with the Bears. After English accepted the job on Friday, Michigan came back at him over the weekend with the opportunity to take sole command of the defense.

English had been scheduled to arrive at Halas Hall on Friday with a signed contract, but the Michigan offer proved to be one he couldn't refuse. Along with the Bears, the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both expressed interest in adding English to their coaching staff. There were also at least two Pac-10 teams that inquired about his services.

The Bears interviewed St. Louis Rams assistant secondary coach Gill Byrd last week before offering the job to English. He could now become the top candidate to fill the vacancy left by Perry Fewell taking the defensive coordinator position with the Buffalo Bills.

Stay tuned to BearReport.com for further details on this developing story.


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