Chris Harris congratulates Brian Urlacher, who he'll now coach. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
As Grizzly Detail mentioned Monday morning, former Bear Chris Harris announced his retirement on Saturday night. He's already moved onto his next job, but it's not a wild departure from his last one.
According to the Chicago Tribune, new Bears head coach Marc Trestman has hired Harris to be the team's defensive quality control coach. He'll work under defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who Harris briefly played for in Jacksonville.
This is a smart move by Trestman, who will still have to deal with players who are upset about Lovie Smith's firing. Harris is liked by Bears' players and is still familiar with the strengths of the team for which he once played. Also, anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that his understanding of football is exceptional. His eight years of experience means he can spot problems on the field.
It's also a smart move for Harris if he hopes to continue his career as a football coach. Quality control coaches get a good start at breaking down tape, charting opponents and filling duties all over the coaching board. It's where head coaches often start their post-playing careers, making it a perfect post-retirement job for Harris.