Chicago Bears hire former Texas football coach Tom Herman in ‘special projects’ role

Tom Herman, Texas Longhorns. (Mandatory Credit: Jay Janner-USA TODAY NETWORK)
Tom Herman, Texas Longhorns. (Mandatory Credit: Jay Janner-USA TODAY NETWORK) /

Tom Herman has landed in the NFL with the Chicago Bears hiring the former Texas football coach.

The Chicago Bears have hired former Texas football head coach Tom Herman as an offensive analyst/special projects, according to Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.

Herman was fired after going 7-3 this season at Texas where he had a 32-18 record across four seasons. He was 22-4 in two seasons with Houston before taking the job with the Longhorns. He was previously an assistant on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State.

This is his first job in the NFL.

Tom Herman hired by Chicago Bears in special projects role

It’s unclear exactly what Herman’s role will be on Matt Nagy’s staff as the “special projects” job title is an interesting one. If special projects means developing quarterbacks and helping an offense finish in the top half of the NFL for the first time in what feels like forever, that’ll be a nice asset.

If anything, Herman may be an asset when it comes to incorporating some college concepts into Nagy’s NFL playbook. The NFL game has been adopting several college concepts and plays over the last few years so as the Bears try to implement a modern offense, Herman can be a voice in that process.

Don’t expect Herman to have a voice when it comes to the draft so his college quarterback Sam Ehlinger won’t suddenly be on the Bears’ radar. At least he should not be.

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