Chicago Bears: 3 reasons Pat Shurmur should be next OC

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3. Connection with Matt Nagy

The Bears have already filled the offensive line coaching spot by bringing in veteran coach Juan Castillo. The 60-year-old assistant has been around the NFL for quite some time now, but really broke onto the scene in Philadelphia.

Castillo was first hired by the Eagles all the way back in 1995 as an offensive assistant. His tenure with Philadelphia lasted up until 2012, with roles ranging from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator. He’s a guy with a high football IQ who has experience at multiple positions, even including tight ends coach.

Of course, if Castillo was with Philly for that long, you could say he stems from the Andy Reid coaching tree — like Matt Nagy does. Nagy was with the Eagles from 2008-2012 where, obviously, he would have built a relationship with Castillo.

Shurmur was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach from 2002-2008, where he worked with Reid for each one of those years and would have ran into Nagy during his last year there.

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There are many connections between the three of these guys, and if the Bears are going to revamp the run game while improving the offensive line, Shurmur makes the most sense coming onto a staff with both Nagy and Castillo.