Reports began to surface Monday night, beginning with a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that the Bears would bring in Seahawks’ OC Darrell Bevell for a second interview on Tuesday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter added Montreal HC Marc Trestman to the list shortly thereafter.
According to Bears’ GM Phil Emery, the team had planned to limit the finalists to two or three candidates. The Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh cited a source who indicated he was told there would be just two finalists for the position.
What does it all mean? Well, right now, until we hear something different, it would appear that Bevell and Trestman are the only two finalists for the position, with Trestman being the favorite.
The now nearly infamous tweet from Fox’s Jimmy Johnson seems to have been spot-on.
While I don’t believe Emery would put on a hiring charade if he already had his mind made up, it’s possible that Trestman was told he was the heavy favorite for the job, although the team still intended to finish its interview process.
Trestman boasts over 17 years of NFL coaching experience and is known for his work developing quarterbacks. You can read our initial report on him here.
See our write-up on Bevell here.
Stay tuned. With the search having now been narrowed down, I’d expect a decision by the end of the week.
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