I just read this from ESPN.com The Chicago Bears will bring on Reggie Herring to take over as the club’s linebackers coach as the replacement for the recently fired Tim Tibesar, according to a report from Fox Sports. Herring had spent the previous three seasons coaching linebackers for Houston, but he was a part of a defensive staff purge that took place three days after the Texans hired Bill O’Brien as their new head coach. Naturally, Herring’s background as a linebackers coach on teams that play 3-4 defensive fronts (Dallas from 2008-10, and two stints with the Texans from 2002-03 and 2011-13) leads to speculation the Bears could be considering making the transition away from their 4-3 defense. But it would be premature to make that assumption given the team’s current personnel, and the fact the Bears haven’t yet added players that could assimilate to a 3-4 front. That’s not to say it won’t happen. After all, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is well-versed in 3-4 defense, and has coached it at Cleveland and sparingly in Jacksonville. The Bears still haven't named a replacement for defensive line coach Mike Phair, who was fired along with Tibesar. Herring, meanwhile, brings a breadth of experience to Chicago. A 32-year coaching veteran, Herring’s ledger includes several college stints at Arkansas (2005-07), North Carolina State (2004), Clemson (1994-2001), Texas Christian (1992-93), Auburn (1986-91) and Oklahoma State (1982-85). At Arkansas, North Carolina State, Clemson and Texas Christian, Herring served as defensive coordinator as well as a linebackers coach. A former linebacker at Florida State (1978-80), where he ranks as the school’s third all-time leading tackler, Herring will now preside over a Bears linebacking corps that was ravaged by injuries to D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs, and marred by inconsistency due to being forced to play a pair of rookies in Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene for extended periods. The Bears allowed a franchise-record 6,313 yards, while surrendering a franchise-worst 2,583 yards rushing. Opponents averaged 5.35 yards per rushing attempt, which also qualifies as the worst in franchise history. Herring left the Cowboys in 2011 to join former Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Houston That season, Houston’s linebackers contributed largely to the third-largest defensive improvement in NFL history since the merger. The Texans finished second in the league in total defense, surrendering 285.7 yards per game, just one season removed from allowing 376.9 yards per game in 2010 on the way to a No. 30 ranking. Houston’s linebackers contributed 27 of the team’s franchise-record 44 sacks that season. On the collegiate level, Herring’s teams advanced to 18 bowl games, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in the country.