Bears president George McCaskey promised the team’s search for the next general manager and coach would be “thorough, diligent and comprehensive.”
And in that regard, his search committee led by adviser Bill Polian delivered. The team cast such a wide net that they more than doubled the search conducted by Ernie Accorsi in 2015.
Friday morning, here are the candidates the Bears interviewed.
- General Manager: Glenn Cook (Browns assistant director of professional scouting), Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Browns vice president of football operations), Champ Kelly (Bears assistant director of player personnel), Jeff Ireland (vice president /Saints assistant general manager), Monti Ossenfort (Titans director of player personnel), Joe Schoen (Bills assistant general manager), Ed Dodds (Colts assistant general manager), Eliot Wolf (Patriots scouting consultant), Ran Carthon (49ers director of player personnel), Reggie McKenzie (Dolphins director of personnel and former general manager of the Raiders).
- Head Coach: Doug Pederson (Former Eagles Coach), Brian Flores (Former Dolphins Coach), Jim Caldwell (Former Colts, Lions Coach), Nathaniel Hackett (Packers Offensive Coordinator), Brian Daboll (Bills Offensive Coordinator) , Matt Eberflus (Colts defensive coordinator coordinator), Byron Leftwich (Buccaneers offensive coordinator).
There will be more too, and some we may not know about. Each of the aforementioned interviews was announced by the Bears upon completion.
Leslie Frazier (Bills defensive coordinator), Dan Quinn (Cowboys defensive coordinator), Todd Bowles (Buccaneers defensive coordinator) and Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen have yet to be interviewed. On the GM side, the same goes for JoJo Wooden, director of player personnel for the Chargers, Omar Khan, vice president of football and business administration for the Steelers, and Morocco Brown, director of college scouting for the Steelers. Colts, who had his GM interview moved. on Monday.
The search was comprehensive, including several more candidates than in previous years — thanks in large part to the advent of virtual interviews, allowing the Bears to cast a wide net. As their second week of interviews draws to a close and other teams begin to move forward, AthleticismBears writers Kevin Fishbain and Adam Jahns recap what we know and reflect on what’s next in the process.
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