2. Eric Bieniemy
The good news is Sam Howell finished 12th in the league in passing under Bieniemy’s tutelage. His 3946 passing yards would be a team record for the Chicago Bears. The downside was Howell is probably nothing more than a career journeyman.
Also, Washington’s offense scored less points than the Bears in 2023. Why that matters is that it was Bieniemy’s first season as the unquestioned offensive play caller.
Bieniemy was the Kansas City Chiefs’ long time offensive coordinator under Andy Reid. So, you never knew if he was calling the plays or if Reid was the offensive genius.
He was part of the coaching team that developed Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. Again, it is not known how much Bieniemy should get credit for Mahomes becoming the best quarterback in the game.
Bieniemy has ties to general manager Ryan Poles during their time together with the Chiefs. He does deserve some credit for developing a generational quarterback. If the Bears draft USC’s Caleb Williams, another potential generational QB, then Bieniemy might be a good tutor.
3. Jerrod Johnson
Bobby Slowik gets a lot of credit for C.J. Stroud’s amazing rookie season. Johnson has been the Houston Texans quarterback coach.
He does have ties to Eberflus as Johnson worked as offensive quality control coach during Eberflus’ last season with the Colts. He only has four years of NFL coaching experience. Johnson would come from the Kyle Shanahan tree as he has worked under Slowik and spent the 2017 training camp with the San Francisco 49ers as part of Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
Johnson was also the Vikings assistant quarterbacks coach before going to the Texans. This would be a gamble, but he at least has a track record of helping a quarterback develop. He also played it in college and supposedly spent some time with the Bears trying to make the team.