The Chicago Bears lost perhaps their best assistant coach today, as special teams coordinator Dave Toub signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. It makes sense for Toub, who started in Philly with Andy Reid, who is now the head coach in KC. But it's a sad day for Bears fans, since Toub annually had his ST units ranked in the top-10 of the NFL.
To make matters worse, the Bears were denied permission to speak with Browns’ ST coach Chris Tabor, who would have been a great replacement. Not only has he transformed Cleveland's ST units into some of the League's best, he worked under Toub from 2008-2010. Personally, I believe the Bears will promote Toub's assistant, Kevin O'Dea, although the next head coach could bring in his own person.
Meanwhile, according to multiple reports, Phil Emery has narrowed his voluminous head coaching search to at least three candidates: Colts’ OC Bruce Arians, Montreal HC Marc Trestman and Seahawks’ OC Darrell Bevell.
Of those three, I had predicted that Trestman was the leading candidate, but the addition of Arians and Bevell surprised me. Personally, I want Arians to be the Bears’ next HC, but I thought his age and health might be a negative to Emery.
It is important to understand that there may be more candidates announced, as none of these reports came officially from the Bears. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen have identified Trestman and Bevell, while The Chicago Sun-Times reported Arians is also a finalist.
My affinity for Arians is two-fold: he has head coaching experience, albeit brief, and he has had success in that role, going 9-3 for the Colts during Chuck Pagano's leukemia-related absence. Yes, Trestman has head coaching experience, but it's been in the Canadian Football League.
Trestman is, however, my second-favorite.
Meanwhile, Arians’ success could be luck—or should I say “Luck”—but I don't think so. Of course, his detractors say that if he is such a great candidate, why has he had to wait so long to get an opportunity for a promotion?
Bevell has garnered attention due to his work with Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson. He wasn't able to save Tarvaris Jackson with Minnesota, but then again, I'm not sure anyone could have done that.
Trestman is a finalist, partly, because he is considered to be a QB guru. He regularly works with quarterbacks between the time they end their college season and prior to entering the NFL. In that capacity, he worked with Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell.
The surprise, to me, is that Rick Dennison hasn't been named as a finalist yet. Cutler seems to truly want him, and he was the Broncos' OC when Cutler posted his 4,500-yard passing season with Denver.
It will be interesting to see if more finalists are named, or if one of these will be the next HC. My money continues to be on Trestman. At least all of the candidates are considered solid at working with QBs, and Jay Cutler could certainly use someone like that.
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