Bears hire Mike Phair

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears announced the addition of Mike Phair on Thursday to the staff as the defensive line coach.

Phair replaces Eric Washington, who accepted a position Monday with the Carolina Panthers as the defensive line coach under new head coach Ron Rivera.

Phair joins the Bears after spending the past six years with the Seattle Seahawks, but the move to position coach is somewhat of a promotion. Phair spent this past season as a defensive assistant, and held posts as assistant defensive line coach (2009) and assistant linebackers coach (2008).

In the three seasons prior, Phair worked as an area scout with the Seahawks.

Phair spent three seasons in the scouting department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Seahawks.

Phair also held positions on the staffs at Arizona State (graduate assistant from 1999-200) and Tiffin University (linebackers, special teams and recruiting in 2001).

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.