The latest on the coaching rumor front is that co-offensive coordinator of the Oklahoma Sooners, Jay Norvell, is being considered for a coaching position with the Chicago Bears. Norvell has been involved with several rumors involving college level coaching positions this off-season, but this is the first mention of an NFL team.
As I have mentioned in several articles and in conversations, it has been a question of mine all season as to why Norvell hasn’t been calling plays this season. He has the experience and needless to say, some of the plays that were called this year by his counterpart were a tad on the head-scratching side.
The Bears cleaned house after the season, and their new head coach Marc Trestman and Norvell aren’t strangers. They worked together on the Oakland Raiders staff from 2002-2003. Norvell also played for the Bears. I don’t know if I would go as far as actually saying “played” but he was on the roster for one season before going back to his alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes, to be a graduate assistant.
If the Trestman and the NFL do come knocking for Norvell, it is a hard opportunity to turn down. Much to the dismay of Sooners fans everywhere, this rumor might actually happen. It’s the nature of the beast – coaches have to leave at some point and if it’s going to happen, it needs to happen before signing day.
If not, I can imagine there will be some upset recruits. Sigh. Oh, off-season.