After coaching the defensive backs with the Wolverines for the previous three seasons, Michigan initially offered English the co-defensive coordinator position. Without full control of the unit, he preferred to examine other options. The Bears pushed hard for his services and beat out the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were reportedly two Pac-10 teams also interested in talking to English.
After notifying Michigan that he intended to join Lovie Smith's coaching staff, English received an offer from Lloyd Carr he couldn't refuse. He will become the defensive coordinator without sharing of the responsibilities or title.
The Bears now resume their search to fill the vacancy left by Perry Fewell, who took the defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills. Whoever is hired will be the third different man to coach the position in as many years. St. Louis Rams assistant secondary coach Gill Byrd interviewed for the position last week. University of Washington defensive backs coach Steven Wilks is also possible candidate.