Chicago Bears’ General Manager Phil Emery was not mistaking when he told reporters that no one would be excluded from the Bears search for a new head coach. Emery has compiled a candidate list that includes: Broncos’ Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy; Atlanta Falcons’ Special Teams’ Coordinator Keith Armstrong; Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan; Dallas Cowboys’ Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis; Indianapolis Colts’ Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians; Green Bay Packers’ Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements; New Orleans Saints’ Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael; and Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman. The list does not stop there. The Bears, on Sunday, have received permission to speak to Houston Texans’ Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison.
That is a total of nine candidates to replace Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. Interesting enough, I have seen some Bears’ fans complaining about the number of candidates that the team is interviewing. I personally do not understand why any fan would be complaining about such a thorough process. Emery is committed to finding the right candidate, and the only way to do that, is to exhaust all your efforts in the interview process. The end may be in sight, however. Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Morning that the Bears have told all the candidates involved that the two finalists for the position will be brought to Halas Hall at some point this week for a second round of interviews. Given that Trestman is interviewing on Monday and the likes of Arians, Clements, and Dennison have yet to interview; it is likely that the second round of interviews with the two finalists will not begin until the later portions of this week.
Dennison would appear to make for an easy transition for Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Prior to being the Texans’ Offensive Coordinator, Dennison was the Offensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos when Cutler and Marshall were still on the Broncos. Dennison’s offensive scheme would bode well for Cutler as it is a scheme that puts an emphasis on play-action passes, roll-outs, and a moving pocket.
There is a chance that Dennison may be the last candidate to interview with Emery before the Bears’ General Manager selects two finalists for the position.