CHICAGO – The Bears announced the hirings of three assistants on Wednesday: receivers coach Zach Azzanni, outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and special teams assistant coach Derius Swinton II.
Azzanni, who replaces Curtis Johnson, was the receivers coach/passing game coordinator at the University of Tennessee the past two seasons. He worked as the Vols’ receivers coach/recruiting coordinator from 2013-14. Johnson left for the Saints after the Senior Bowl.
Staley was the 2016 NCAA coordinator of the year for the job he did running John Carroll University’s defense. Staley accepted the defensive coordinator position at UT-Chattanooga before the Bears’ opportunity materialized. Chicago’s former outside linebackers coach, Clint Hurtt, is now on Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle as their defensive line coach.
Swinton returns to Chicago after one season as the San Francisco 49ers special teams coordinator. He previously worked under John Fox in Denver from 2013-14 before making the move to Chicago when Fox took over in 2015. The 31-year old also spent time with the Rams and Chiefs.