Initial reports on Monday evening indicated that the finalists for the Chicago Bears’ head coaching vacancy were Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman. Though, the idea of two finalists for the position would not appear to fit with what general manager Phil Emery laid out to reporters while announcing the firing of Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Bears. Emery indicated that he would select three candidates to bring into Halas Hall to interview with the Bears’ brass, however, the final decision would still come from Emery.
Turns out their is one more finalist in addition to Bevell and Trestman. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times reported on Monday night that Indianapolis Colts‘ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a finalist for the position as well. Recently, there has been speculation that Arians would join former Colts’ executive Tom Telesco in San Diego and assume their head coaching position. However, reports this morning indicate that the Chargers are nearing a deal with Denver Broncos‘ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be their next head coach. Arians was scheduled to meet with the Chargers on Wednesday, though, it would appear that such an interview will not be taking place.
Trestman spent the day at Halas Hall on Monday, and Bevell is scheduled to meet with the Bears’ management at Halas Hall on Tuesday. No word on when Arians will have his second interview with the Bears at Halas Hall. Though, considering that Arians was scheduled to meet with the Chargers on Wednesday prior to their imminent hiring of McCoy, there is a chance that the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator will also be at Halas Hall on Tuesday. Though, it is also possible that Arians will spend Wednesday at Halas Hall in the wake of the news of the Chargers’ hiring McCoy.
There are positives in all three candidates. Bevell is viewed as an up-and-comer and one of the top offensive minds in the National Football League. Trestman is also viewed as an offensive guru and many believe he is ready to be a head coach in the NFL. Meanwhile, Arians is an experienced coach while also having a reputation for being the top offensive play-caller in the NFL. There is an idea out there that by hiring Trestman or Bevell–both who feature a variation of the west coast offense–the Bears would be continuing to defer the team through quarterback Jay Cutler. While I do not believe that to be the case, Arians would be the clear cut candidate that would work to fix Cutler as opposed to giving in to Cutler. That is not to say that Bevell and Trestman will not operate with the same strategy. Trestman is believed to be the favorite to land the position, though, that was before Arians’ options were not so limited.