The Quarterback Coaching Summit is a two-day program hosted by the NFL and Black College Football Hall of Fame which sets forth to create a path for minority coaching and player development candidates to develop and advance professionally.
Among the participants will be Chicago Bears Assistant Director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly, the team announced on Wednesday.
Kelly is a key player in GM Ryan Pace’s front office as he works in tandem with Josh Lucas (Director of Player Personnel) and Mark Sadowski (College Scouting Director) on the player personnel side of things. Previously, Kelly worked as the Bears’ Director of Pro Scouting, and spent time scouting in the Denver Broncos’ front office. It has been a steady climb for Kelly, who interviewed to replace New York Jets GM Mark Maccagnan in May 2019. Kelly didn’t get the gig, but he remains in high standing as he is set to partake in the Quarterback Coaching Summit later this month. Perhaps the networking and workshopping that happens in the virtual meeting will provide an avenue for Kelly to get a promotion to the next step in his career.
In addition to Kelly, some other names Bears fans should be familiar with include Pep Hamilton (QBs Coach, 2007-09), Leslie Frazier (Bears CB, 1981-85), and George Edwards (ex-Vikings DC who interviewed for the head-coaching job in 2018).
You can read more about the program here:
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