McNeese legend Joseph hired by Chicago

Published 12:06 pm Friday, January 26, 2024

Former McNeese State quarterback Kerry Joseph has been named the new quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears according to reports.

Joseph, a member of the McNeese Hall of Fame, also served as the Cowboys offensive coordinator and interim head coach. Joseph will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this summer as well.

Joseph served as the assistant quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks the last two seasons. He follows Shane Waldron from Seattle, who was hired last week as the Bears offensive coordinator.

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Joseph’s first job will be to help decide if the Bears stick with Justin Fields at quarterback or use the No. 1 pick for a new starter, likely Caleb Williams. It will be his job to develop whichever player they choose.

While at McNeese, Joseph threw for 7,874 yards and 67 touchdowns as a Cowboy. He finished his career with 9,674 yards of total offense.

He remains the all-time leader at McNeese in scoring tosses and is second in passing yards and total offense.

Joseph was named both the Southland Conference and Louisiana Player of the Year in 1995 as the Cowboys finished 13-1 and entered the postseason ranked on the I-AA level, now known as FBS.

As a professional, Joseph played for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins in the NFL. He won a World Bowl Championship in 1998 with the Rhein Fire while playing in NFL Europe.

He then played safety for the Seahawks before moving back to quarterback in Canada in 2003 where he hit his stride. He won a Grey Cup while playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007.

During that season Joseph was named the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player. He became just one of three CFL players to exceed 4,000 yards passing (4,466) and 1,000 yards rushing (1,006) in a single season in 2005.

Joseph returned to the McNeese program in 2016 as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He was the interim head coach for a short time after his former teammate Lance Guirdy was let go.