Sizing up the candidates for the Chicago Bears coaching vacancy is a tough task. For starters, there are too many potential names. Bears GM Phil Emery is doing his best Santa Claus impression. Emery is checking his list, and he is checking it twice, he is looking for a head coach that fits just right. The problem with the previous statements is that this is January. Christmas was last month.
Phil Emery should take his time selecting a head coach. This is the defining hire of Emery’s short tenure with the Bears. The coach he hires to march down the sideline for the “Monsters of the Midway” will set the tone of the franchise for at least the next few years. The Bears’ new coach will have some tough decisions to make regarding the remaining members of the coaching staff, as well as some of the players who are currently under contract with the Bears.
For example, the new head coach may have a 3-4 defensive philosophy, does Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers make good fits for that type of defense? The new head coach could bring an offensive scheme that is similar to former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. For those of you who are out of the sports loop, or only eat, sleep and breathe Chicago Bears football, Reid accepted the head coaching duties for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs, much like the Bears, are built to run the football. Can the new Bears’ coach blend in his offensive gameplan with the likes of Jay Cutler and Matt Forte?
Two tough questions that won’t be answered immediately, but it is up to these following names to do their best.
Mike McCoy – McCoy has been the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos since 2009. McCoy is credited for guiding a Broncos team to the playoffs with Tim Tebow at quarterback. If you have Tebow throw a football, then you know that it is a brutal sight. Before there was Tebow, McCoy helped former Bear QB Kyle Orton with his mechanics. This season, McCoy created an offensive scheme for MVP hopeful, Peyton Manning. The knock on McCoy is that the Broncos are the favorites to go to the Super Bowl. The Bears have interviewed him once, but can they wait to interview him again?
Marc Trestman – Trestman is an interesting choice. He is currently the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes, from the Canadian Football League. Trestman has NFL experience as an assistant. He has worked with several quarterbacks including Steve Young, Rich Gannon and Bernie Kosar. ESPN’s John Clayton believes that Trestman will win the Bears coaching job. The biggest obstacle for the Bears is that Trestman is under contract with the Alouettes until 2017.
Rich Dennison – Dennison, the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, has Cutler’s stamp of approval. On ESPN Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy Show, Cutler sung the praises of the coach who had a huge hand in his career. Dennison was the offensive coordinator for the Broncos during Cutler’s three seasons there.
"One of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL," Cutler said during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "Great guy off the field. Very, very smart, intellectual guy.
"He's going to get a head coaching job at some point in his career, I'm certain about that. Great candidate. I have a lot of respect for him."
Sounds like Dennison may have an inside track.
Some additional candidates for the Bears job are Indianapolis Colts OC, Bruce Arians; Atlanta Falcons special teams coach, Keith Armstrong; New Orleans Saints OC Pete Carmichael; and Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary.
Picking from the liter will be tough for Phil Emery. He cannot choose the wrong coach and he knows it. If I were in his shoes, I would begin bringing candidates in for a second interview. Among the potential candidates, McCoy, Trestman, Dennison and Arians are the top four in my coach rankings. Either coach can help guide the Bears to not only the playoffs, but get them to the Super Bowl as well. Trestman and Dennison are by far the most intriguing to me. Both of them have strong resumes. In the end, I would have to choose one of them to lead the Bears.
Which coach would you hire?