There is a key theme with the Chicago Bears search for a new head coach. That theme is that the candidates that are being interviewed by Bears’ general manager Phil Emery have all featured an offensive mindset. As it stands, the Bears have seven scheduled interviews for their head coaching vacancy. Those interviews were with or are scheduled to be with offensive coordinators Mike McCoy, Mike Sullivan, Tom Clements, Pete Carmichael, Bruce Arians; and special teams coordinators Keith Armstrong and Joe DeCamillis.
One thing is clear from the early candidates to interview for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy, that is that Emery is clearly seeking the opposite of Lovie Smith. Smith was a defensive minded head coach from the day he was hired to be the Bears’ head coach. In the end, that is what led to Smith being fired as the head coach of the Bears. Smith simply was not held accountable for the offensive struggles that were persistent throughout his tenure as head coach of the Bears. The next head coach of the Bears needs to show a balanced mindset between both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. That could be why candidates like Armstrong and DeCamillis stand out to Emery. As special teams’ coordinators, Armstrong and DeCamillis are familiar with both offensive and defensive players.
Carmichael and Arians are the latest two candidates to be scheduled for interviews with Emery. Carmichael interviewed with Emery on Thursday. Carmichael’s reputation around the National Football League has risen over recent seasons as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, especially this past season, as Carmichael was instrumental in the offensive play-calling while Saints’ head coach Sean Payton served his suspension. Arians started the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts but may finish the season with the coach of the year award. Arians was pegged as the Colts’ interim head coach while Chuck Pagano overcame his battle with Leukemia. Arians is an offensive guru in the National Football League, many praise him for being the best play caller in the league. Arians has also proven vital to the development of quarterbacks such as Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck. That is something Emery may take a liking to as the Bears’ look for a head coaching candidate that can utilize Jay Cutler to the best of his ability.
As of this post, the Bears have no scheduled interviews for Friday. Though, chances are Emery will have a conversation or two with a candidate on Friday. This weekend, Emery will interview DeCamillis on Saturday and McCoy on Sunday.