The Chicago Bears search for a new head coach may conclude this week. On Saturday, there was significant progress made in the Bears’ efforts to replace former head coach Lovie Smith. Bears’ general manager Phil Emery interviewed three candidates on Saturday. While in Atlanta to interview Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Emery also interviewed Minnesota Vikings’ special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, and assistant Mike Singletary. Also on Saturday, two of the candidates on the Bears’ list of prospective head coaches became completely available. Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Tom Clements are now able to take a part in a second interview with Emery and potentially be hired as the Bears’ new head coach after both the Broncos and Packers lost on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Bears will complete what is the believed to be the final interview of the initial phase of interviews. Sunday is when Emery will interview Indianapolis Colts‘ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Originally, Arians was scheduled to meet with the Bears in the early portions of last week but a ear infection forced Arians to put his pursuit of a head coaching position on hold. Recent speculations has drawn a connection between Arians and the San Diego Charges, who hired former Colts’ executive Tom Telesco as their new general manager.
Even though Emery will complete his first round of interviews on Sunday, there already is a consensus that the Bears’ general manager has identified four finalists for the position. Those finalists are believed to be McCoy, Arians, Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman, and Houston Texans‘ offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Of all the teams that interviewed McCoy, the Bears spent the most time with the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Arians would seem to interest the Bears because of his work as a play-caller and ability to develop quarterbacks. Meanwhile, there is a large group of reporters that believe Trestman is going to be the next head coach of the Bears, the only problem is that no one has informed Trestman of this belief. Dennison’s name has emerged as a strong possibility in large part due to his history with quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Though, if the Texans find a way to defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dennison’s name will likely be removed as a finalist for the position.
This upcoming week should prove to be a decisive week for the Bears in their search for a new head coach.