Monday night has certainly provided some clarity in the Bears’ search for their next head coach. Entering the day, the Bears had thirteen known candidates to replace Lovie Smith as head coach. As recently as this morning, the favorites for the position were believed to be Denver Broncos‘ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Indianapolis Colts‘ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman. Since then, two coaches have emerged as the final two candidates for the position.
The clarity began with this tweet from Chris Mortenson of ESPN:
Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell is scheduled for a 2nd interview with the Bears on Tuesday. #NFL32
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 15, 2013
Bevell is the dark-horse candidate that many believed would be a finalists for the position. Though, many speculated that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan would be the dark horse candidate. Bevell certainly is an interesting name for the Bears. Bevell’s second season as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator concluded on Sunday with the Seahawks loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs. Bevell’s reputation has done a 180 degree turn this season as many Seahawks were highly critical of the offensive coordinator in the early portions of the season. Though as Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson continued to excel as the weeks passed, Bevell’s stock continued to rise.
Shortly after news of Bevell’s second interview with the Bears was making the rounds on twitter, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted that Trestman would join Bevell in receiving a second interview with the Bears at Halas Hall:
Bears will meet again with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and Montreal HC Marc Trestman, first 2 candidates to be identified as Bears finalists.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013
Ever since Jimmy Johnson jumped the gun last Friday by tweeting that Trestman would be named the head coach of the Bears, the belief has been that CFL head coach would be a finalist for the position. Trestman certainly is the most intriguing of all the candidates to interview for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy. Many have tried to discredit Trestman because of his connection to the Canadian Football League, but the belief is that the long-time NFL consultant was very impressive in his interview with Bears’ general manager Phil Emery.
With it being known that Trestman and Bevell would be two finalists to receive second interviews with the Bears at Halas Hall, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune indicated that they are the only finalists for the position:
According to one candidate who didn’t get Bears job, he was told Emery will bring in 2 finalists to Halas Hall beginning tomorrow.
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) January 15, 2013
Despite there being every indicator prior to this evening that McCoy and Arians were favorites for the position, it would appear that they have been eliminated from the process. By the end of the week, there is a strong chance that either Bevell or Trestman will be introduced as the head coach of the Bears. Chances are even stronger that the new head coach of the Bears will be Trestman, or at least that is what Vaugh McClure of the Chicago Tribune tweeted.
I’m told that Trestman is the heavy favorite for the job.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 15, 2013
If Trestman is hired, the hire will certainly be criticized. But whether Trestman is indeed the next head coach of the Bears or if Bevell is the replacement to Smith, the truth of the matter is that we likely will not be able to gauge whether or not it was a good hire until after the 2013 season. Though, even then it may be too quick to judge. Nonetheless, all indications are the Bears will have a new head coach by Friday.