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Reports indicate the reasons behind the attractiveness of the Bears' offensive coordinator role.


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Vince Carbonneau
January 31, 2024  (6:58 PM)
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After parting ways with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, the Chicago Bears embarked on an extensive search for a suitable replacement. They conducted interviews with various qualified candidates from across the league, including Klint Kubiak.

But what made this position appealing to potential candidates?
According to Albert Breer, speaking on Kap & JHood on ESPN 1000, one enticing aspect of the job was the opportunity to work with Caleb Williams, the highly regarded quarterback prospect.
Initially, the Bears' offensive coordinator role might not have seemed exceptionally attractive for several reasons. Firstly, the team retained Matt Eberflus after enduring two challenging seasons with a record of 10-24 during that period. Consequently, Eberflus's job could be in jeopardy if the team struggled again, potentially leading to a change in offensive coordinator as well.
Moreover, the Bears faced a significant decision regarding their starting quarterback for 2024, with the choice between Justin Fields and Caleb Williams. If Fields remained the choice, the offensive coordinator might not have much influence in persuading otherwise. This would entail devising a new offensive strategy for Fields, who had faced difficulties in his first two seasons.
It's worth noting that Eberflus reportedly defended Fields during the offensive coordinator interviews, emphasizing his support for the young quarterback's performance.
However, while it wouldn't be prudent to speak negatively about Fields, the question arises: how positively did they discuss Caleb Williams during the interviews?
Ultimately, the Bears selected Shane Waldron, the former offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, for the position. Waldron is considered a strong fit due to his extensive experience within the Shanahan coaching tree and his role in revitalizing Geno Smith's career with the Seahawks. He is recognized as an elite play-caller with creative schematics and the ability to mask weaknesses within the offense.
Waldron's potential influence on the Bears' decision regarding their 2024 quarterback could have been a persuasive factor in his decision to join Chicago. This dynamic will be crucial for the newly established offensive staff, solidified on Wednesday, as they navigate the upcoming season.
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