The Chicago Bears will have a press conference on Monday to formally introduce former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as their new head coach, and former Kanas City Chiefs executive Ryan Poles as their new general manager. In the meantime, Eberflus and Poles are attempting to complete the team’s revamped coaching staff.
On Friday morning, it was reported that Poles met with Houston Texans’ quarterback coach Pep Hamilton. Hamilton was rumored to be the desired offensive coordinator had the Bears named former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. The Bears were believed to be excited over the plan that Caldwell had for second-year quarterback Justin Fields. Even without Caldwell in the fold, the Bears may be looking to utilize that plan.
While Hamilton was believed to be the first interview that the Bears head regarding their offensive coordinator position, all eyes will be on the interview that Eberflus has on Saturday. Eberflus is scheduled to meet with Green Bay Packers’ passing game coordinator Luke Getsy.
Getsy has been popular within the coaching cycle over the past 24 hours after former Packers’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett became the head coach of the Denver Broncos. There was an expectation that Getsy would either join Hackett’s staff or be elevated to the offensive coordinator position with the Packers but the Bears are attempting to throw a wrench in those plans. In fact, the Bears have prioritized the hiring of Getsy and Tom Silverstone reports that there is an offer on the table.
The Packers would be unable to block the Bears from hiring Getsy as the move would serve as a promotion. While Getsy would likely hold the offensive coordinator position with the Packers, he would not be the play-caller as that responsibility would remain with head coach Matt LaFleur. With the Bears, Getsy would have full control of the offense.
The Chicago Bears may look to their rival, the Green Bay Packers, in finding and offensive coordinator to lead the offense under head coach Matt Eberflus.
As is the case with an offensive coaches on a team with an elite quarterback, in this case Aaron Rodgers, there is a question as to whether the offensive success is attributed to the quarterback or the offensive coaching staff. However, with Getsy, he has already received an endorsement from Rodgers. During a conversation with the Clarion Ledger in 2018, Getsy explained the relationship between he and Rodgers.
"“I really enjoyed my time with [Rodgers]. I was truly lucky and truly blessed to have an open dialogue with him,” Getsy said. “We grew close and it truly was a blessing to be where I was. He’s a great teammate, a great friend and he is a really good man. He truly is.“I think he is reserved enough that people may think he kind of turns people off, but, no, he’s energetic, he’s enthusiastic, he’s charismatic, he’s hilarious. He’s got a lot going for him.”"
Getsy joining the Bears’ coaching staff would serve two purposes for the team. The first, and most, important purpose is that the Bears would have a young and emerging offensive mind in Getsy to oversee the development of Fields and evolution of the team’s offense. The other purpose serves more of a long-term interest for the Bears as a hiring of Getsy may be a precursor to Rodgers leaving the Packers this off-season.