December 7, 2023

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Who is Phil Snow? Information on the Bears’ new defensive hire – NBC Sports Chicago

Who is Phil Snow?  Information on the Bears’ new defensive hire – NBC Sports Chicago

The Bears added another coach to their defensive staff on Monday. Matt Eberflus announced that the team has hired Phil Snow as a senior defensive analyst.

“He’s a great person,” Eberflus said. “He’s very humble, works well with others, gives sound advice, and he’s done a good job of having a good defense for sure.”

Snow most recently served as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2020 to 2022. Last year, the Panthers’ defense ranked 22nd in yards allowed and 19th in points allowed. In 2021, they are second in yards allowed but 21st in points allowed. In 2020, the Panthers ranked 18th in both points and yards allowed. Snow ran several successful defenses at Arizona State in the mid-1990s, but his most recent success was serving as Baylor’s defensive coordinator in 2019, when they ranked 19th in the nation in points allowed.

Eberflus first met Snow at the NFL Combine through their mutual mentor Rod Marinelli. Eberflus worked alongside Marinelli as a fellow coach for the Cowboys in 2013, then under Marinelli when he was Cowboys defensive coordinator from 2014-17. Meanwhile, Snow worked under Marinelli for many years and several teams. Those stints include time together at Cal, Arizona, and with the Lions.

Snow will be working in Halas Hall all week, helping prepare advanced scouting notes on the Bears’ future opponents. He will not attend the matches.

“He will provide summaries of all positions during the week,” Eberflus said.

Snow also has familiarity with the schemes run by the Eberflus, which is essential to their preparatory work. However, Eberfus said he appreciates that Snow has had some different experiences as a coach, such as using different pressing profiles.

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“It was great to talk to him,” Eberflus said.

Eberflus has served as the Bears’ defensive coordinator in addition to all of his head coaching duties since former DC Alan Williams stepped down from the team in Week 2. Williams officially resigned as defensive coordinator on September 20.

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