And then there were three – at least, that’s the reported amount of coaches who’ll get a second interview for the Chicago Bears‘ head coach vacancy.
Multiple media outlets are reporting the Bears will interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and current CFL coach Marc Trestman this week for the second time.
Second interviews with Bevell, Arians and Trestman confirm the idea that Emery is targeting an offensive mined coach to take hold of a roster that has young and talented players on offense.
Bevell’s play-calling helped quarterback Russell Wilson turn into the of the NFL‘s top rookies this season. He’s gone from the days of having limited play-calling duty with the Minnesota Vikings, to one of the more creative play-callers in the NFL.
Arians had to take over head-coaching duties after head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. He’s worked with Ben Roethlisberger, most recently Andrew Luck and has been given a lot of public support from colleagues to finally get a chance to be the head coach of a team. His health might be an issue, though, but it sounds like it won’t prevent the Bears or another NFL team from hiring him.
Trestman might be the most intriguing candidate for Chicago. He’s spent the last five years in the CFL – winning two championships. Trestman has 16 years of NFL coaching experience, but his absence from the league has many questioning whether or not he’s a viable option for the Bears – especially as their next head coach.
The trendiest name connected to the bears – current, but not for long Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy – is heading for the San Diego Chargers. McCoy was considered the best offensive minded assistant coach among the inexperienced and available candidates this season.
But even with the recent news of the second wave of interviews coming, don’t just expect Bevell, Arians or Trestman to be Bears general manager Phil Emery‘s choice as his head coach. Once the NFC and AFC championships conclude Sunday, the two teams who won’t be making the trip down to New Orleans for the Super Bowl will have teams still searching for a head coach blowing up their phone lines.
Emery stated he wants his head coach to be with him at the East and West Shrine Game, which is only a week away. He’s started to narrow down his list that at the time seemed too big.