Both the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers could be headed for change in the coming weeks.
Thursday night, the Steelers put on one of the worst single-half performances many have ever seen when they fell down to the Minnesota Vikings 23-0 after two quarters. The Steelers made it a game in the second half, but the first half performance continued the narrative that head coach Mike Tomlin’s seat could be getting red-hot.
There are plenty who believe the Steelers need to commit to a rebuild following the 2021 season, which would include a new coaching staff and replacing longtime franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Should the Steelers part way with Tomlin, though, he wouldn’t be out of a job for very long. In fact, the Bears should make that phone call the day Tomlin gets fired.
Mike Tomlin being fired would be a dream scenario for the Chicago Bears’ coaching search.
There would be no better coaching candidate for the Bears this offseason than Tomlin. Bears fans have been talking about replacing head coach Matt Nagy for a while now, and a lot of names have come up in those conversations.
Whether it’s Brian Daboll, Todd Bowles, Kellen Moore, or several other candidates, none would compare to the Bears potentially landing a coach like Tomlin.
First and foremost, Tomlin is well-respected around the NFL. He would be the most experienced head coach the Bears have ever hired. Tomlin boasts 150 career wins, more than Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher and John Harbaugh. He has also been to the Super Bowl multiple times, winning one.
Tomlin knows what it’s like to develop a young quarterback, having worked with Roethlisberger for the majority of his career. In Chicago, Tomlin would get to work with Justin Fields, who could be the Bears’ quarterback for the next decade.
Because he’s well-respected, Tomlin would have no problem bringing in a solid coaching staff once hired in Chicago. Tomlin is the type of leader the Bears need, and he’d be able to hire the right coordinators to work on both sides of the ball.
The most important thing when hiring a head coach this offseason is going to be finding the guy who has enough relationships to be able to put together a strong staff, especially on offense. Tomlin would have no shortage of colleagues to call, and no shortage of interest when it comes to working with Fields.
Under Nagy, the Bears have had a lack of discipline. Tomlin would have no problem establishing the right culture within the organization and amongst the players. As evidenced by his comments on Chase Claypool this last week, along with the benching he gave his receiver on Thursday, Tomlin doesn’t mess around.
Chicago’s coaching vacancy will likely be the most attractive amongst others in the league simply because of the opportunity to work with Fields, and boast the makings of what could be a great defense once again.
If Tomlin were fired, he would likely jump at the opportunity to come to Chicago. Therefore, the Bears should jump at the opportunity to bring him in.