Sports Illustrated calls Bears OL coach 'the offseason's underrated hire'
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By Lorin Cox

Offensive line coaches don’t typically get much recognition, but that hasn’t been the case for Harry Hiestand, who the Chicago Bears hired from Notre Dame this offseason.

He’s been linked for the Bears in the NFL Draft, since he coached top prospects Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey in college, but apparently, the rest of the NFL took notice too.

Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated raved about the Hiestand hiring in his latest column.

The offseason’s underrated hire. We don’t talk much about position coaches here. But I’m going to give you one that I believe has a chance to be a big-time difference-maker for his first-time head coach: new Bears line coach Harry Hiestand. Matt Nagy did incredibly well to poach Hiestand, who’d been a target for a number of guys interviewing for jobs in January, from Notre Dame.

In fact, I hit up Nagy on this on Wednesday. He and Hiestand didn’t know each other before Nagy assembled his staff, and as first impressions have gone, the new Chicago boss put it like this: “He impresses me more and more every day.”

The Bears need a strong offensive line to make things easier for Mitchell Trubisky and Jordan Howard, and after the departure of Josh Sitton, Hiestand will have his work cut out for...

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