Monday has been an eventful day for the Chicago Bears. The fan base has been through a rollercoaster of emotions thus far.
To begin the morning, the Bears fired both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, to most fans’ delight. Monday afternoon, though, came the press conference involving George McCaskey and Ted Phillips.
Let’s just say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Fans are never exactly thrilled to hear from those two, but have no choice to hold some hope that the organization will get the hires correct from here on out. Speaking of which, the Bears have officially requested their first formal interview.
There will be more to come, but being first on the list is at least notable.
The Chicago Bears picked the wrong Buffalo Bills coordinator, Leslie Frazier, for their first interview.
Let’s start with Leslie Frazier, whom the Bears requested to interview Monday afternoon.
The Buffalo Bills did, in fact, lead the NFL in total defense, allowing just 17.0 points per game. Their pass defense was especially stingy, giving up only 163 yards per game through the air.
Frazier is notoriously a defensive guy, and a former Bear as well. He is well-connected and well-respected around the league, and he wouldn’t necessarily be a poor hire.
He’s just not exactly the right hire.
This next hire has to be mainly about Justin Fields, and developing him going forward. This is not saying Frazier couldn’t find the right coordinator, but if the Bears wanted a more qualified quarterback “guru,” so to speak, they should also interview Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
We have talked plenty about Daboll, here, as a potential Nagy replacement. Most understand, by now, that Daboll had a lot to do with developing Josh Allen. When Allen came into the league, he struggled mightily with his completion percentage and had to get some errant throws under control.
Under Daboll’s leadership, Allen has now become one of the premier quarterbacks in the league — dual-threat, too.
The big arm and mobility from Allen are both strong characteristics, and similar to Fields. Giving Daboll another guy who can chuck it deep and use his legs would be fun to watch. He is definitely one of the top guys available in terms of getting the most out of Fields in the future.
The beauty of bringing Daboll to Chicago would be that he then has a running game. In Buffalo, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss aren’t as reliable as Daboll probably would have liked.
In Chicago, Daboll would not only have Fields, but he’d have David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert in the back field. Giving a young quarterback and new offensive coordinator a strong run game means a huge advantage for the Bears.
There is no doubt the Bears would probably like to interview Daboll as well, so Frazier is likely the first of many. Be on the lookout for another request into Buffalo here in the near future.