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Chicago Bears are contacting at least 17 coach and GM candidates. Here’s the latest news as a new cycle of firing — and hiring — starts in the NFL.


Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes beginning around the league.

As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves.

Tuesday

The Chicago Bears list of requested interviews has reached at least 8 general manager candidates and 9 coaching candidates.

The scoop: Recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a big name to pop up in a lengthy list of candidates the Bears have contacted about interviews.

NFL Network reported the Bears set up the interview with Flores, who went 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins. His last two seasons were winning ones, but the Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs.

Here are the other coaching candidates who reportedly have been requested:

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn

Former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is among the biggest names to be expected to interview with the Bears. Here’s a list of others:

Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown

Colts VP of player personnel Ed Dodds

Browns VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
Browns VP of player personnel Glenn Cook

New Orleans Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland

San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Ran Carthon

Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen

The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge after two seasons.

The scoop: In his first NFL head coaching stint, Judge, 40, went 10-23, including 4-13 in 2021. Playing without quarterback Daniel Jones down the stretch, the Giants lost their final six games by a combined score of 163-56. After the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Week 17, Judge went on an 11-minute rant defending his team while talking to the media.

It is the second big Giants move in two days after general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement Monday. With Judge out, there are now seven NFL head coaching jobs open.

Monday

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

The scoop: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons during which his teams went 48-65, qualified for the postseason twice and failed to record a playoff victory. In his first NFL head coaching stint, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses over four seasons.

The Bears never found the right fit between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure , running through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s offense remained stuck in the bottom third of the league in many categories . The Bears finished 6-11 this season.

The Bears have reached out to former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their head coaching …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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