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Bears WR Coach Curtis Johnson Parts Ways With Team

Former Saints WR Coach and fan favorite Curtis Johnson left his role with the Chicago Bears today.

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Curtis Johnson, the former Saints Wide Receiver coach from 2006 until 2011 is credited with helping develop the careers of players like Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson during some of the most explosive years in NFL offensive history. A native of New Orleans, a reunion with the Saints would quite literally be a return home.

Per Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribune, Johnson is believed to be weighing other options inside the NFL. For Saints fans, the recent departure of John Morton from the Saints staff (holding the same position) created more problems for a team that was already rebuilding much of it's staff heading into 2017.

Morton left to become the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, and was with the Saints from 2015 to 2016. His vacant position could be an opportunity for a reunion with Coach Johnson. Johnson left the Saints after 2011 to become the head coach for Tulane University's football program the following season.

In 2013, Johnson took Tulane to the New Orleans bowl and posted a 7-6 season record. When the team made the transition from Conference-USA to the American Athletic Conference they struggled going 6-18 over the next two seasons. He was relieved of his position and came back into the NFL with the Bears.

Ryan Pace is the current General Manager for the Chicago Bears and was a former staff member in the front office of New Orleans before taking his current position. This mutual parting of ways between Johnson and the Bears could have been a planned opportunity for him to rejoin New Orleans. At the time of his re-entry into the NFL, the Saints already had Morton on staff. While we won't know anything until he actually signs with another team, the possibility of him returning to New Orleans has to have fans pretty excited.