Bears casting wide net for GM/head coach candidates

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With respected NFL consultant Ernie Acorsi doing the legwork, the Chicago Bears have begun reaching out to prospective candidates for their open General Manager and head coaching positions.

Some news has leaked out regarding possible interviews. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, the NFL aligned organziation that helps promote minority candidates in coaching, scouting, and front-office jobs, recommended Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, and Baltimore Ravens Director of Pro Personnel Vince Newsome for the GM spot. Former NFL executive John Wooten, chairman of the Pollard Alliance, spoke highly of the Bears search process and the three candidates. Ross was a finalist three years ago when the Bears hired Phil Emery.

While Bears chairman George McCaskey and team president Ted Phillips indicated the preference was to have a GM in place first, then allow that individual to hire the coach, it didn’t stop the Bears from reaching out to two of the hottest assistant coaches. Sources indicate Chicago has requested interviews with both Adam Gase, the offensive coordinator of Denver, and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles of Arizona.

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Gase, a six-year member of the Broncos staff, is available for interviews prior to Sunday when Denver begins preparations for a divisional playoff game. The Broncos earned a bye this week. Meanwhile, Bowles is busy preparing the Cardinals defensive unit to face Carolina in a NFC wild-card game

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. Bowles, a former player, is considered a no-nonsense type who has gained notoriety over the last two seasons with his work in Arizona.

It’s assumed the list Acorsi presents to McCaskey and Phillips will be narrowed down to three-five final candidates in both positions. The Bears are competing with the Raiders, Falcons, Jets, and 49’ers in a high-stakes game of recruiting, and it appears that the Falcons and Jets are moving quickly in their search.

As always, money, decisive action, and the pitch could make the difference between landing the first choice or being forced to settle for a “lesser” candidate.

More continuing coverage of the Bears search as it develops here on bearsclawsfootball.com

One Response to Bears casting wide net for GM/head coach candidates

  1. David Kilianek says:

    Why not consider Mike Ditka for the Bears General Manager position. I don’t think you are going to find anybody with more heart and soul than George Halas himself, and someone who understands Chicago tradition as welll as Mike Ditka.

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