Last season when the Chicago Bears were conducting a search for their next general manager, the team announced the finalists for the position before eventually hiring Phil Emery. Emery has been conducting the search for the Bears next head coach, and the belief is that the Bears’ general manager has identified three or four finalists for the position. Those finalists, however, will not be announced by the team. Meaning, we all will be dependent on Jimmy Johnson to send out one of his cryptic tweets.
While the Chicago Bears will not be announcing the finalists for the position, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago informs that a particular group of candidates can be eliminated from the process.
No big revelation here, but eliminate ALL defensive or special-teams coaches involved in this HC search from your thinking.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) January 14, 2013
With that knowledge, we can seemingly eliminate Chicago Bears’ special teams coordinator Dave Toub, Dallas Cowboys‘ special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Atlanta Falcons‘ special teams’ coordinator Kieth Armstrong, Minnesota Vikings‘ special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, and Minnesota Vikings’ assistant Mike Singletary. That would narrow the list of candidates from 13 prospective head coaches to 8. Though to be honest, the five candidates with special teams or defensive backgrounds likely were not favorites for the position.
That would leave offensive coordinators: Mike McCoy; Bruce Arians; Pete Carmichael; Mike Sullivan; Rick Dennison; Darrell Bevell; Tom Clements; and Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman as the remaining candidates to replace Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Bears. Of that list, McCoy may be the next candidate to be dismissed. McCoy is scheduled for a second interview with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday and the expectation is that he will be the Cardinals’ next head coach. There likely is some credit to the belief that Trestman is a finalist for the position. Whether it be Jimmy Johnson, Adam Schefter, or John Clayton, there is enough smoke to the rumors of Trestman being the front-runner for the position. Arians likely is a finalist as well. Though, the Bears may need to act quickly if they want to hire the Indianapolis Colts‘ offensive coordinator. Arians has been connected to the San Diego Chargers‘ head coaching vacancy and there appears to be mutual interest between the two sides. Of Carmichael, Sullivan, Bevell, Dennison, and Clements; one of them is likely a dark-horse candidate that remains a finalist. Of the five, there has been recent speculation that Sullivan could be the sleeper candidate.
The Bears are expected to begin bringing in finalists for a second interview on Monday.