There was no doubt that the Bears would move away from Matt Nagy after the 2021 NFL season. The coach was in the franchise for the fourth year and almost didn’t get there. He and general manager Ryan Pace were given another chance to put things right, but just before the playoffs they were likely to be replaced during the offseason of 2022 NFL.
That has come true. The Bears fired Nagy and Pace on Black Monday, after the NFL base. The Bears recorded a 6-11 record, and while Justin Fields blinked at times, the attack – which was supposed to be Nagy’s business card – was largely impact-free. So the Bears ousted the former Chiefs Offensive Coordinator.
Chicago will now be looking for a new coach for the fourth time in ten years, and the team must fix that to win its first playoff game since 2010.
It is therefore no surprise that the Bears are throwing a wide net to look for a replacement for Nagy. They have already sent out numerous interview requests and will begin the process of recruiting candidates over the next few weeks.
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Here’s a look at all the candidates that Bears has asked for an interview for their vacant coaching position, according to reports from various media outlets.
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Brian Flores, former head coach, Dolphins
Flores, 40, was shocked to be fired by Dolphins after winning back-to-back seasons, during which the team failed to make it to the playoffs. Over the course of three years with the team, Dolphins set a 24-25-1 record, despite undergoing a difficult rebuild. Flores is one of the most respected defensive minds in the game and is expected to gain a new position as head coach during this cycle.
Doug Pederson, former head coach, Eagles
Fifty-three-year-old Pederson spent the last year after five years in the Eagles outside of training. He made the playoffs three times in those five games, and in 2018 he led the team to a Super Bowl victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots. In addition, he has a 42-37-1 record in the Super Bowl ring and has been interested in several teams looking for a new head coach.
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Leslie Frazier, Defense Coordinator, Bills
Frazier, 62, played cornerback for the Bears from 1981 to 1985 and helped the team win the Super Bowl ring during their final season. He has been coaching the NFL since 1999 and is considered one of the best defense coordinators in the game today. Bills placed 1st in terms of allowed yards and points in 2021, and Frazier coached the three, three best yard units in Buffalo. He coached the Vikings three and a half years after becoming an interim player in 2010, scoring 21-32-1 with one playoff appearance.
Byron Leftwich, Offensive Coordinator, Buccaneers
Leftwich played 10 NFL seasons as a quarterback before joining Bruce Arians as a key assistant. The 41-year-old has served as an offensive coordinator for the past four seasons in Arizona and Tampa Bay, leading the top three attacks with Jameis Winston and Tom Brady, who have served as his quarterback. Leftwich checks a lot of boxes and could be a good mentor to Justin Fields.
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Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator, Bills
Daboll had four different stops as an NFL offensive coordinator, but eventually caught up with Bills. From 2018, he oversaw the development of Josh Allen and turned the offensive, which belonged to the bottom three when it began in 2018, into the top five in 2020 and 2021. Offensive Bears would certainly appreciate it, along with Daboll’s experience working under Bill Belichick. and Nick Saban.
Todd Bowles, Defense Coordinator, Buccaneers
Bowles, 58, is considered one of the league’s best defense coordinators and before the Super Bowl race, he transformed the Tampa Bay stop unit from medium to elite. Some may look at Bowles’ 24-40 record with the Jets as a red flag, but in their first season, the team set a shocking 10-6 record before a lack of talent became too big a problem. The Jets have only been 13:36 since the Bowles burn.
Matt Eberflus, Defense Coordinator, Colts
Josh McDaniels hired Eberflus as part of his original Colts team before deciding not to accept the job in 2018. Frank Reich kept Eberflus (51) and the decision was good. The Colts consistently defended above-average to great defenses, and in each of Eberflus’s four seasons in Indy, they finished in the top 10 in the stand with them. It could be the man who brings the Bears’ defense back to the best of shape.
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Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Coordinator, Packers
The Bears witnessed the work Hackett, 42, did up close in the NFC North with Aaron Rodgers. Passer Packers put together a back-to-back MVP series under Hackett and just proved that the coach works well with QB. Hackett oversaw Blake Bortles’ best season, where the Jaguars ended up with the top five attacks, so that would make him an attractive candidate to work with Fields.
Dan Quinn, Defense Coordinator, Cowboys
Quinn once led the Falcons to the Super Bowl, but his head coach career then went downhill. His name regained his strength after turning the defense of Dallas, which was one of the worst stops in 2020 and is now definitely solid. Quinn has a career record of 43-42 as a coach, although he has lost in each of the last three seasons in Atlanta.