The ongoing Chicago Bears coach saga looks like it will come to an end shortly, with only three candidates remaining for the head coach role at Soldier Field.
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley (also a strong favorite for the Eagles job) were both “heading toward second interviews,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed on Monday. As well as the Seattle duo, CFL coach Marc Trestman is also being considered by the Bears, according to sources close to ESPN.
The Chicago Bears coach role has remained empty since the sacking of long-time head coach Lovie Smith on December 31. Despite posting a respectable 10-6 season, Smith’s Bears missed the playoffs. Bears general manager Phil Emery later revealed that nine years of lame offense meant the head coach had to go.
ESPN‘s sources add that Bevell and Trestman are the two absolute frontrunners for the role of Chicago Bears coach. Adding fuel to the fire, ESPNChicago.com reported a sighting of Trestman at Halas Hall, the Bears’ team headquarters, on Monday.
Bevell, who just completed his second season as offensive coordinator at Seattle, has caught the eye for his rearing of young quarterback Russell Wilson. Bradley, meanwhile, ensured the Seahawks finished fourth for total defense this season.
Further clouding the issue, some pundits still believe Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator for the Colts, is also in the mix.
The Bears have declined to comment on their hunt for a new head coach, though it’s known they had previously met with Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, and Dallas special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis.
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