These 5 coaches should be priority interviews for the Chicago Bears

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The future is now for the Chicago Bears. The day has finally come where Chicago parted ways with head coach Matt Nagy.

It felt like a long time coming, but the team made the right call on Black Monday. Not only did they fire Nagy, though, they fired general manager Ryan Pace.

When people thought trading up for Justin Fields might have saved his job, the Bears thought otherwise and let go of Pace in a rather shocking move.

’Shocking’ is the right word to use, because this is an organization that is seemingly fine with mediocrity, year after year. What many thought would happen — Pace staying and even being promoted — didn’t happen. Now, the search is not only on for a new head coach, but a new general manager.

The Chicago Bears will have no shortage of options when it comes to filling their head coach vacancy.

Though the Bears could have fired Nagy a couple of weeks ago and gotten a head start on interviewing some of the top candidates, they waited. Like a few other teams did, the Bears waited.

In the end, they will have tons of options when looking at hiring their next head coach. The options are almost too many, quite frankly.

This is a coaching search that may end up surprising some of us, because there are too many candidates to choose from — and many have question marks. Do the Bears go the route of another coordinator with no head coaching experience?

Do they try to lure a coach from the college ranks? Or, do they go back to a guy with head coaching experience and try to establish a real, authentic, firm culture change?

Whatever they do, the Bears have to try and interview five specific candidates, starting with bringing one man back to the Windy City.