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Report: Bears hire Juan Castillo as offensive line coach

Posted by Charean Williams on January 1, 2020, 5:25 PM EST
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The Bears fired four coaches Tuesday. They hired at least one coach Wednesday.

Juan Castillo will replace Harry Hiestand as offensive line coach, Tom Pelissero of the NFL reports.

Castillo did not coach in 2019 following his dismissal from the Bills after the 2018 season. He has spent 24 seasons as an NFL assistant, including 18 in Philadelphia.

Castillo worked with Matt Nagy for five seasons in Philadelphia.

Castillo has a reputation as one of the best offensive line coaches in football. He was the Eagles’ offensive line coach for 13 seasons, the Ravens’ offensive line coach for three seasons and the Bills’ offensive line coach for two seasons.

The Bears also dismissed offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride Jr. and assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo on Tuesday.

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Sounds like Nagy pushed out Harry so he could hire one of his buddies from his Eagles days. Is this the missing piece to the run game?

You just wait till next year!

2020 is the year the Bears put it all together!

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The Shadow wrote:

Report: Bears hire Juan Castillo as offensive line coach

Posted by Charean Williams on January 1, 2020, 5:25 PM EST
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The Bears fired four coaches Tuesday. They hired at least one coach Wednesday.

Juan Castillo will replace Harry Hiestand as offensive line coach, Tom Pelissero of the NFL reports.

Castillo did not coach in 2019 following his dismissal from the Bills after the 2018 season. He has spent 24 seasons as an NFL assistant, including 18 in Philadelphia.

Castillo worked with Matt Nagy for five seasons in Philadelphia.

Castillo has a reputation as one of the best offensive line coaches in football. He was the Eagles’ offensive line coach for 13 seasons, the Ravens’ offensive line coach for three seasons and the Bills’ offensive line coach for two seasons.

The Bears also dismissed offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride Jr. and assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo on Tuesday.

Honestly I am beginning to wonder if Harry was even Nagy's choice for a position coach... as Harry has previous experience with Chicago, wouldn't it be just classic Bears to force their young brand new HC to carry folks on his staff that have previous history with the organization... because judging from recent reports, Nagy had to teach his coaches about his system just the same as he had to teach the players... so maybe him and Harry never saw eye to eye on blocking scheme and styles... it certainly looked like the guys were struggling to execute the type of blocking required to allow the inside zone running scheme to work... as on numerous plays the linemen would be responsible for double team blocks where it seemed the one who was supposed to disengage and move to the second level either couldn't because the other lineman either fell down or lost control of the block which then allowed the ILB or safety fill the void and thus stuff the running play before it could get started.  Or the oline would just lose right off the bat on run plays and the running back taking the handoff as the dlineman is crashing on them... maybe Harry isn't the wizard that he was all hyped about... upon reviewing of the "studs" he "developed" at ND almost all of them were either 4 or 5 star high school recruits... and there were quite a few of other 4 star olinemen that didn't grow or flourish while under him there... he did develop one 3 star into a 2nd round pick but all the rest were great high school players that he helped sign to ND... and he is a great recruiter as someone who was able to help bring in these 4/5 star players but he certainly got a lot of credit for developing them and if you're starting with 4/5 star players how much development really is necessary...

Hopefully Castillo knows exactly what Nagy wants from his oline blocking scheme and can coach the guys up... because Whitehair and Daniels are not built for one on one blocking... they aren't people movers... they are good at getting to a spot and blocking.... IE zone blocking specialists...

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Bears Face Offensive Line Fix at Multiple Levels

One of the areas of biggest concern for the Bears this offseason is the offensive line, and it's not a place where they have infinite ways to improve.

They may have already improved by changing offensive line coaches to Juan Castillo. Although Harry Hiestand was generally respected as a line coach, it's possible he just wasn't the person to teach the type of blocking scheme coach Matt Nagy wanted implemented.

Changing players would be a far more complicated matter.

"All those guys are under contract," Pace said.

Now their options are limited to getting better talent because of the cash committed already to this group.

"It's what kind of competition are we going to bring in against them," Pace said.

With two second-round picks, they have the ability to improve through the draft, which would not exhaust their cash availability by any stretch. It's usually difficult finding opening day starting tackles outside the first round, but not impossible. This isn't the case at guard.

Adding free agents at either spot might be a matter of picking through trash to find a gem.

It's possible they will get better as guard/center James Daniels has more experience, and they settle on a position for him. The move to center then flop back to guard, couldn't have helped his understanding of how to block in his second NFL season.

"I think when you look at James, he's still one of the youngest players on our team," Pace said. "He's still developing. I think he got a lot better as the season went on. As far as where we're going to put him next year, that is still going to be an evolution."

Daniels actually graded out higher than any Bears lineman, according to Pro Football Focus. He was the only one in the 70s on their grading scale.

Deciding what to do with the Daniels-Cody Whitehair situation is probably the first big decision they have to make after Kyle Long's status cleared up with his decision to retire.

Either drafting or signing another guard or tackle or combo for the line mix overall, or giving second-year reserve Alex Bars a chance to compete could be another way to solve what they need at right guard.

"One thing that's always been in my mind, we can never lose track of adding talent to our offensive line. It's critical," Pace said. "We'll look at that. Whether it's tackle or interior linemen, it's all something we need to analyze."

https://www.si.com/nfl/bears/news/alex-bars-could-be-part-of-bears-offensive-line-fix

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