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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Bears collecting NFC West alumni

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The Bears continued collecting former NFC West coaches when they hired Mike DeBord to coach their tight ends Tuesday.

Not that tight ends have ever factored much as receivers in a Mike Martz offense.

Martz, hired to coordinate the Bears' offense, is back in the NFL for the first time since the 49ers fired him following the 2008 season. DeBord was the Seahawks' assistant offensive line coach in 2008 and 2009.

The Martz hiring in Chicago should have a smelling-salts effect on the offense there. Martz tends to get quick results. But the Bears have had personnel problems on their offensive line. Those problems probably will not go away even with former Seahawks tight end Mike Tice coaching the offensive line.

Martz does have a highly-talented quarterback, Jay Cutler, for the first time since he was with the Rams earlier this decade. That should help him run the type of aggressive passing game he prefers.