The Chicago Bears hired a martial arts expert to assist with blocking and shedding blocks. No, it’s not Mr. Miyagi. It’s Grandmaster Joe Kim, who’s helped numerous NFL teams over the better part of the last two decades. Most recently, he was with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010 – 2012 as a “Pass Rush Consultant.” Bears GM Phil Emery overlapped Kim during his time in KC from ’09 – ’11.
Since 1992, Kim has worked with Bill Belichick’s Cleveland Browns, the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants in similar capacities. Here’s what we can expect from his role with the Bears:
The Chicago Bears hired renowned martial arts expert Joe Kim to be a skill development coach for the 2014 season, a league source confirmed Tuesday evening.
Kim will work with all of the Bears’ position groups on enhancing their use of hands when blocking or escaping blocks, per the source.
Don’t expect the Bears to suddenly lead the league in sacks after working with Kim. I did a quick scan of the teams that he worked with and didn’t see teams suddenly become league leaders in sacks. The Chiefs, for example finished 10th, 27th and 29th in sacks during Kim’s time in Kansas City. Here’s a clip of Kim working with the Chiefs’ Tamba Hali:
Then again, maybe Kim can teach Chris Conte to sweep the leg or show Jay Cutler the “crane technique.” If do right, no can defense.