With each passing day, it would seem that a new candidate is added to Chicago Bears’ general manager Phil Emery’s list of potential replacements to Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Bears. Emery has added yet another candidate to a list that already includes nine prospective head coaches. The latest to be added to the Bears’ candidate list is Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darell Bevell.
Bevell is no stranger to the Bears. While the Bears have played the Seattle Seahwaks in recent season, this season marks the second season that Bevell has operated as the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Prior to his time with the Seahawks, Bevell was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and a quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. Though, in large part due to the success that Russell Wilson has achieved in his first season as the Seahawks’ quarterback, Bevell was not considered for many head coaching vacancies in recent seasons.
The second weeks of interviews should provide some clarity for Emery, who was in Denver on Sunday to interview Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Emery is expected to interview long-time NFL quarterback consultant Marc Trestman on Monday, and will interview Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Thursday. Over the next couple of days, Emery will also interview Bevell, Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Houston Texas’ offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
The list of known candidates to replace Lovie Smith is at ten, and there is probably a handful of candidates that Emery has spoken with that have not been reported. Regardless, it is not expected that the Bears’ search for a head coach concludes this week. Though, it is the Bears’ intention to identify three potential finalists for the position by the end of the week. The finalists would then be brought back for a second round of interviews.