The Chicago Bears hire former standout CFL QB as quarterbacks coach

Chicago Bears, Kerry Joseph
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When the Chicago Bears hired Shane Waldron to be their offensive coordinator, there was plenty of hope and speculation that Greg Olson would follow. Waldron was the offensive coordinator of the Seahawks before being let go at the end of the 2023 season when Pete Carroll departed. Olson was the quarterbacks coach underneath Waldron and he too interviewed with the Bears to be their OC. You have to wonder if Olson chose not to take the quarterbacks coach spot in Chicago and that led to the Bears hiring Kerry Joseph instead.

Kerry Joseph was the assistant quarterbacks coach under Greg Olson. He was an undrafted free agent of the Seattle Seahawks in 1998 and played with the team for four years before transitioning to the CFL. While in the NFL, Joseph was actually a safety. He started 14 games and played in 56. He finished his career with 143 combined tackles (117 solos), one sack, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

After his NFL career came to an end, Joseph worked his way into the CFL as a quarterback. He played for multiple teams, but his best seasons were between the years of 2005 and 2008. During those four years, Joseph averaged 4,033 yards passing, and threw 88 touchdowns, and in 2007 he helped the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the Grey Cup while earning the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award.

After his football career, Kerry Joseph went back to his alma mater, McNeese State. He was their co-offensive coordinator. He spent one season as the passing game coordinator and running backs coach for SE Lousiana State before cracking into the NFL as a coach with the only team he played for — the Seattle Seahawks.

With the Seahawks, Kerry Joseph spent time as an offensive assistant/running backs coach, assistant wide receivers coach and for the last two seasons he was the assistant quarterbacks coach. Shane Waldron and Greg Olson get plenty of credit for the resurgence of Geno Smith, but some credit should also be given to Joseph.


Lastly, the hiring of Joseph as the quarterbacks coach doesn't give anything away about which direction Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears might be leaning at quarterback this offseason.