First Six Head Coaching Candidates Emerge

Published January 3, 2018 at 1:50 PM

"It has been two days since the Chicago Bears fired John Fox and their search is in full force this week. It appears that they asked to speak with six playoff coaches, five of which are on a bye this weekend.
According to various reports over the past couple days, the Bears have asked permission to speak with Kansas Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy who they cannot interview until after this Saturday's game between the Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans.
We have also learned that the Bears will interview Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator and former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and their defensive coordinator George Edwards as well.
Former Denver Broncos head coach and current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will interview with the Bears over the weekend.
The team will also speak with Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFillippo as well as Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Out of the first six candidates for the job, four of them are offensive coaches and two of those have head coaching experience. McDaniels might be the sexiest name on the list, but it unknown if he is willing to come to a team that will give him no control over the roster.
DeFillippo is getting consideration because of the work he has done with Carson Wentz, who was the MVP favorite before suffering a season-ending knee injury. However, he has never even called plays at the NFL level so making the leap to head coach is a large one.
Nagy and Shurmur are the best two out of this group. Nagy has worked under Andy Reid who has been one of the most creative offensive coaches of the past 20 years. Shurmur has had great success with both Sam Bradford and Case Keenum under center. If he can bring along Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with him the Bears could really have something.
For what it's worth, Shurmur is the current odds on favorite to land the gig by the Bovada Sports Book in Las Vegas.

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