Does this hire make sense for the Chicago Bears?

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The Chicago Bears are set to hire Jason Houghtaling as their assistant offensive line coach, joining a new staff with Shane Waldron. What are his qualifications, and what does he bring to the Chicago Bears?

Chicago Bears hire Jason Houghtaling as assistant offensive line coach

Houghtaling played college in the Patriot League at Lafayette and got his first job as a coach in the conference as the running backs coach at Wagner. He stayed at Wagner until 2009, moving up to offensive line coach along the way. 

In 2010, he was a high school head coach, and in 2011, he was the Williams offensive coordinator. Then, in 2012, he returned to Wagner to be their offensive coordinator. 

This seemed to have started his track as he moved up to Cornell to be their offensive coordinator in 2013 before heading back to Wagner to be their coordinator again in 2014. In 2015, he was promoted to Wagner head coach, a position he held through the 2019 season. Unfortunately, he went 16-40 as head coach and was let go.

In 2020, he was the Colgate offensive line coach before joining the Tennessee Titans in 2021. Titans offensive line coach Keith Carter was on the Wagner coaching staff and brought Houghling along to Tennessee to be his assistant offensive line coach. He held that for two years, but Carter went on to be the Jets' run game coordinator, and Hougtalling was 

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Jason Houghtaling only had one year as an NFL offensive line coach, and the Titans personnel was not good, but neither were the results. That is why he did not move up or keep his status after one season. Still, this had been a rising coach who had the qualifications to be an offensive line coach. 

The role of assistant offensive line coach is perfect for him.