Ben McDaniels | Chicago Bears

Team: Chicago Bears
Organization: Pro Football
Position: Offensive Assistant
League: National Football League
Hometown: Barberton, Ohio

Biography

Ben McDaniels is in his first season as offensive assistant with the Bears after being hired by Chicago on February 15, 2016.

McDaniels has 13 years of coaching experience, spending the previous two seasons at Rutgers, including 2015 as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of the Scarlet Knights.

In 2015, McDaniels helped sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano to a 60.9 completion percentage (187-of-307), the first Rutgers QB to complete over 60 percent of his passes since Mike Teel in 2008. Laviano’s 386 passing yards at Indiana, in 2015 were tied for the fifth-best mark in school history.

McDaniels joined Rutgers in 2014 as the school’s wide receivers coach. In two seasons at the school, McDaniels helped wide receiver Leonte Carroo set a Rutgers career record with 29 touchdown receptions while ranking third with 2,373 receiving yards in 31 games played.   

Prior to his time at Rutgers, McDaniels spent two seasons (2012-13) as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2013, he assisted in the coaching of quarterback Mike Glennon, who was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team. A year prior, the Buccaneers averaged a franchise-best 248.9 passing yards per game en route to the second-best total offense in Tampa Bay history (363.8 ypg).

From 2009-10, McDaniels worked on the staff of the Denver Broncos, overseeing the quarterbacks in 2010 after starting as an offensive assistant in 2009. McDaniels helped the Broncos offense average 252.4 passing yards per game in 2010, sixth best in franchise history, while working with quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.

McDaniels joined the NFL ranks after spending four years coaching high school football in Ohio at Massillon’s Jackson High School (2008, quarterbacks), Canton McKinley Senior High School (2006-07, quarterbacks) and Warren Harding High School (2003, wide receivers). In between high school coaching stops, McDaniels spent two seasons (2004-05) as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, working with the wide receivers in 2004 and the defensive backs in 2005.

The Canton, Ohio native played quarterback at Kent State from 1999-2001.

He and his wife, Kyle, have a daughter.

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