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Glenn Pires: Coaching Abilities


Glen Pires, the new Chicago Bear linebacker coach, grew up in New Bedford, Mass. He started his training career way back 30 years ago at Melrose School outside Boston.

He graduated at Springfield College and worked just as one assistant coach at Syracuse, Dartmouth, and Michigan, then he grew to become part of the National football league, becoming a linebackers coach.

Pires then spent five seasons while using the Miami Dolphins as an assistant defensive position coach, defensive quarterback coach, and assistant linebackers coach. Throughout that span, he worked with Professional Bowlers Zach Thomas, Joey Porter, Jason Taylor and Adewale Ogunleye.

To Pires, his finest challenge as being a coach is developing youthful gamers, although helping veterans still improve.

"Those are the two things that I always am excited about," Pires said. "When I first came into the league I had guys that had won Super Bowls and went to Pro Bowls, and then you have a young free agent who's from a Division II school. So balancing the development of the young guy with getting the [veteran] to continue to play at a high level is what I enjoy."

Pires is especially proud with the job he did with Cardinals linebacker Ronald McKinnon, an undrafted free agent from North Alabama.

McKinnon's success produced exactly the same kind of pride in Pires he felt as being a prep coach.

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