Could Pitt lose Cignetti to the Bears?

January, 28, 2010
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Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. could be drawing interest from the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Several reports, including this one from the Chicago Sun-Times, say that the Bears are checking in on Cignetti for their open offensive coordinator position. Chicago has been turned down by three potential candidates already.

Cignetti just completed his first year at Pitt after coming over from Cal. He is credited for helping develop Bill Stull into a reliable, highly-productive quarterback. Stull's decision-making and accuracy greatly improved his senior year under Cignetti, and the Panthers averaged 32.1 points per game, second best in the Big East behind Cincinnati.

Cignetti is also a Pittsburgh native who could eventually be groomed as a future Pitt head coach. He has pro experience, having served as the quarterbacks coach for San Francisco and New Orleans before going to Cal.

The Bears have also received permission to speak with Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers. He is a former Syracuse assistant who tutored Donovan McNabb, and he is believed to be one of Doug Marrone's top targets for the open offensive coordinator spot with the Orange.

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