Ten by my count. That’s how many candidates have been reported to be on Phil Emery’s now international search list to find the Chicago Bears’ a new head coach. Diligence? More like determination. Phil Emery is utterly determined, it would seem, to find the right guy.
I don’t think it much matters if Emery interviews 10, 20 or 30 candidates for the job, what matters is that he hires the right one. By running the gamut of available options, Emery, if nothing else, assures himself that he’s done all he can to get it right.
Because that strikes me as the kind of thing a G.M. might lose sleep over, you know.
The latest candidate to surface is Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who, according to CBS Sports, the Bears have requested permission to interview. Bevell was the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2008, during which time the team ranked somewhere around middle of the pack in total offense.
Bevell is credited for helping to develop Seahawks’ rookie QB Russell Wilson, a third-round draft selection, into the team’s dynamic starter. Seattle scored 170 points through their final four games of the season, becoming the first team to score 50+ points in consecutive games since 1950.
Seattle, of course, is still in the playoff mix, having defeated the Washington Redskins 24-14 Sunday afternoon, and they will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons this weekend. If the Bears want to interview Bevell, they’ll have to travel to Seattle sometime this week to do it.