Emery and his team will have a lot of work to do in the coming week or so as the interview process begins to the find the new head coach of the Chicago Bears after letting Lovie Smith go after nine seasons. Here is a run down of FOUR of the names being thrown around for the position:
Mr. McCoy has had an interesting couple of seasons as an offense coordinator in Denver. Last year, he managed to take a Tebow-led team into the playoffs, which speaks immensely about his talent as an offensive leader for the team and being able to adjust to certain, difficult situations (yea, exactly what you think I’m saying). This year, his offense is led into the playoffs by future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, which has obviously made things a little easier for him. But, like always, McCoy has been able to adjust to the changes and help the team into the playoffs. More recently, Manning, more or less, came out in support for McCoy getting offered a head coaching gig by saying he’s “ready” for the position. McCoy is a huge favorite for the job, but because Black Monday took such a huge hit on many teams, the Bears will have to fight for him.
The Bears have asked the Packers for permission to interview Clements as well—and I LOVE this. I don’t care what Bears fans say about him being a Packer, he has proven himself and I think he is perfect. Clements has been able to develop Rogers (God given talents aside) into one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He has also been able to have fairly consistent winning seasons back to back to back with an older set of wide receivers, keeping everyone on the same page. He is familiar with the die-hard characteristics that come with the fans and the organization (some Bears fans won’t want to be compared to Green Bay or their fans, but the passion that they both feel are similar, so it’s the truth). With an impressive resume going all the way back to college, I personally think Clements would be the best fit for our team. I think he truly understands what the Bears need and can come up with a plan to address it successfully.
Bruce Arians has had a busy few years. After being hired as the wide receivers coach in Pittsburgh in 2003, he then was the Offensive Coordinator in Pittsburgh for four years, gaining attention for working well with Ben Roethlisberger throughout multiple off-field hiccups and leading the Steelers to back to back winning seasons. More recently, Arians has done a spectacular job leading the Colts into the playoffs during Pagano’s absence and helping Andrew Luck develop into one of the more promising looking rookies in the league. Arians is another top pick for the job here in Chicago. I think he is fairly adaptable, similar to McCoy, and I think he is also familiar enough with strong defenses, a.k.a. I don’t think Arians will fix something that is not broken.
Pete Carmichael Jr.
Carmichael has been the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints since 2009. He also had to resume play calling duties this year due to Payton’s suspension. And although the Saints struggled this season, their offense continued to shine. I’m not sold on Carmichael as a head coach for the Bears, but Emery definitely wants someone who has proven themselves recently with their offense which Pete has. I know of Carmichael more from the past year and not much before; what he managed to do, while not doing at the same time, is pretty impressive. Not one of my favorite picks.
There are several more names being thrown around for the HC job- this was just an intro of some of the top names. We will readdress this tomorrow.