April 20, 2024

In February, the Chicago Bears employed Matt Pees because the staff’s subsequent defensive analyst—advance of particular initiatives, in response to the Bears.

The Bears stated Pees brings 5 years of NFL teaching expertise to the employees and involves Chicago after most lately serving as defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, a place he held for 3 seasons.

In 2023, Atlanta’s protection recorded 42.0 sacks, tied for the sixth-most in a single season in franchise historical past. The Falcons protection doubled its sack whole from 2022 (21) making their 21-sack enchancment the most important year-over-year enhance by the Falcons since sacks grew to become an official stat in 1982. It additionally marked the third-largest year-over-year enchancment by any staff over the previous three seasons.

In 2022, Atlanta’s protection led the league in fewest penalties per recreation (1.06) and restricted opponents to the second-fewest, second-half factors per recreation this season, permitting solely 7.9 factors per recreation after halftime, the Bears added.

Previous to becoming a member of Atlanta’s employees, Pees spent the 2020 season as the top soccer coach at Findlay, Ohio, Excessive College. From 2018-19, Pees served as a defensive assistant and high quality management coach for the Tennessee Titans the place he labored primarily with the line of defense.

Earlier than becoming a member of the Titans, Pees spent two seasons as the top coach at Inexperienced Mountain, Colorado Excessive College and has eight years of highschool soccer teaching expertise, stated the Bears.

Joseph Phillips is the Sports activities Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He’s a Chicago native, who has been a sports activities author for over 17 years. He additionally hosts the SC Media Information and Sports activities Community Q&A radio present on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.