So that makes one, two… um five, six… I lost count as to how many head coaching candidates but that isn’t a bad thing, besides for my memory.
The Bears are doing all the right things in making sure they find the right guy for this job, and they have to. They’re replacing a player’s coach in Lovie Smith whom many in the locker room were upset to see let go. There is no hurry to pick a name that the media and fans have attached themselves to say like a Mike McCoy if you think there are just as good if not better candidates out there.
I love that Phil Emery is thinking outside the box, and the country, and interviewed Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman has a NFL pedigree being an assistant coach for 17 years in the league before heading up north to head coach the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships in five years.
Now the Bears turn their attention back to coaches in the NFL and that are still in the playoffs. Emery has a busy schedule this week as he now will meet with three offensive coordinators in Bevell, Rick Dennison of the Denver Broncos, and Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers.
Bevell is an interesting candidate, in a good way. The Bears saw first hand how good is offense can be when they lost to him and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson on the first weekend of December. He’s helped Wilson progress into a Rookie of the Year candidate and made Marshawn Lynch the Skittles beast that he is averaging 300 carries and just under 1,400 yards over the last two seasons.
Matt Forte would love that kind of production. Bevell seems to know how to use his quarterback’s mobility as a useful tool unlike any offensive coordinator the Bears have had with Jay Cutler under center. Wilson was more efficient as a quarterback than Cutler as well.
The Bears are exhausting all their resources to make sure they get their guy. According to Adam Schefter, the team has told the candidates they would bring back two finalists to Halas Hall this week for second interviews. With as thorough of a job Emery is doing in this search, I wouldn’t expect him to have a decision until at least next week.