Report: Tennessee Assistant Zach Azzanni Takes Position With Chicago Bears

    Tennessee wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni has agreed to become the wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears.

    February 22, 2017

    Tennessee wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni has agreed to become the wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears.


    After a season where nothing seemed to go right for Tennessee, a little consistency within the coaching staff would have been excellent for head coach Butch Jones.

    That continues to not be the case. The latest assistant to leave is Zach Azzanni, the Volunteers wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, who has agreed to become the wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears.

    The loss of Azzanni comes just before the start of spring practice, with the Volunteers searching for a new starting quarterback for the first time in three years after the graduation of mainstay Joshua Dobbs. The competition will likely come down to Quinten Dormady, Sheriron Jones, and Jarrett Guarantano, but now the trio, who all have spent time under Azzanni, will have to gel with a new passing game coordinator.

    Adding more difficulty for the quarterbacks vying for the starting job under center is the fact that Mike DeBord, who had spent the last two seasons as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, left last month to become the offensive coordinator at Indiana. His position on Jones’ staff has since been filled by Larry Scott.

    The Volunteers entered the 2016 season with a lot of hype, picked to run away with the SEC East, but a disappointing 9-4 record followed, placing Jones squarely on the hot seat.

    (Update: Head coach Butch Jones has released a statement on Azzanni’s departure.

    “We are really excited for Zach and his family,” said Jones. “I have known Zach for a long time and this is a path he has wanted to pursue for some time. We can’t thank him enough for his loyalty, dedication and hard work over the past four years to our football program. We will begin the process of filling this position immediately. It’s a position we want to fill as quickly as we can, but we also want to go through the detailed process, which we will.”)

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