3 potential DCs for Matt Eberflus’ Chicago Bears coaching staff

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The Chicago Bears have a new head coach in place as the team named former defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as the replacement to Matt Nagy on Thursday. The Bears represent the first time that Eberflus will be a head coach of a football team at any level.

For Eberflus, the focus will now turn toward completing the construction of his coaching staff. Eberflus will need to find an offensive coaching staff that can maximize the potential of quarterback Justin Fields. On the defensive side, Eberflus will need to decide the direction in which the unit will be headed.

Current Bears’ coordinator Sean Desai is from the Vic Fangio style of defense. Desai’s defense is a base 3-4. While there has been no word on whether or not the Bears plan on retaining Desai, it should be noted that the coordinator has had an interview with the Seattle Seahawks this off-season.

An indicator that Desai may not return as the Bears’ defensive coordinator is that Eberflus has been a proponent of the Tampa-2 defense. If that is the case, then it would seem likely that Eberflus will want a defensive coordinator that matches his ideologies on defense.

Matt Eberflus is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears and now needs a DC.

The fortunate sign for Eberflus is that he has connections throughout the NFL. If Eberflus is indeed planning to bring in his own defensive coordinator, there are three candidates in particular that he may turn to.