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Bears name former Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson WR coach

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery. (AP)

The Bears have finally replaced former receivers coach Mike Groh, who left for the Rams. On Monday, the Bears announced that former Tulane coach Curtis Johnson will coach their receivers.

Johnson has connections with general manager Ryan Pace. Before taking over Tulane’s program in 2012, Johnson was the Saints’ receivers coach for six seasons, specifically playing a role in the development of Marquess Colston.

Johnson didn’t experience too much success at Tulane, posting a 15-34 record, but his run included the school’s first bowl game in 11 years during the 2013 season.

Before joining the Saints’ staff, Johnson spent 22 years coaching receivers at the college level. It included 10 years at Miami, where he coached Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss and other future NFL players.

Johnson will be coaching a talented group with the Bears, which includes a healthy Kevin White, the team’s 2015 first-round pick. Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery is a free agent, but the Bears would be foolish to let him leave.

Groh left the Bears after three seasons, the final one being his first and only one under coach John Fox. Groh has the expanded duties of being the Rams’ passing game coordinator.

The Bears also officially announced the hiring of Ben McDaniels as an offensive assistant. He is the brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Pierre Ngo also was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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