Chicago Bears hire first female coach in team history

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The Chicago Bears have been looking to upgrade the coaching staff this offseason. The team has hired new coordinators among a plethora of new position coaches. However, the Bears have made history in their 104-year history, hiring their first female coach for the first time.  

Chicago Bears hire first female coach in team history

The Bears have hired Jennifer King as their next Assistant Running Backs coach, who was formerly the Washington Commanders Assistant Running Backs coach from 2021-2023, where the Commanders had the sixth-highest rushing offense in 2023 despite having an offensive line that allowed the second most sacks in the league.  

King, 39, played in the Women's Football Alliance league from 2006 to 2017 as a quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix. King was also an assistant coach at Greensboro College from 2006-2017 and was part of the basketball program that appeared in four NCAA tournament appearances in that span.  

King made her way into the NFL in 2018 after reaching out to then-Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, expressing interest in coaching in the NFL. Rivera, a former Chicago Bear who was part of the Super Bowl XX team, brought King on as a Wide Receivers Coach Intern. She eventually made her way up as a Running backs Coach intern in 2019 for the Panthers and Dartmouth University's Offensive Assistant the same year.  

King will work alongside newly hired Running Backs Coach Chad Morton, who was the Seattle Seahawks Running Backs Coach from 2017-2023.  

Both Coaches will be working with an offense that was second in the league in total rushing in 2023 and first in rushing in 2022, despite the team's overall struggles during these last two seasons. The Bears currently have a deep running back room with Khalil Herbert, Roschcon Johnson, and D’Onta Foreman leading the way, where the three of them averaged about 4.3 yards per carry this past season.  

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A consistent run game has been important to some of Chicago’s short-term successes on offense over the last two years, and they look to keep that momentum going as they try to make a playoff push in 2024.  

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