In an ideal world, the Chicago Bears hire a head coach that can bring a sputtering offense up to speed while keeping a defense on the rise together moving forward.
This would be one way of going about it:
Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo has completed his interview with the Chicago Bears. Word is he’d be willing to retain Vic Fangio as DC, maintaining stability on Bears defensive side of the ball. @gmfb @NFLonFOX
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) January 6, 2018
Well, that’s a spicy meatball. And you can see where the Bears would be interested in this kind of tag team.
If they were to hire Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo to be the next head coach, the Bears would have a young, offensive-leaning head coach who could grow with quarterback Mitch Trubisky and groom him the way he did Carson Wentz. And by retaining Vic Fangio, the Bears can go about maintaining what was a top-10 defense by keeping its leader in house. All things considered, that’s as good of a scenario that could unfold for a franchise that wants stability and has eyes on building a new-look offense.
A similar kind of framework was thrown out earlier in the week when NFL Network analyst Gregg Rosenthal offered up the idea of sending DeFilippo to Chicago as an offensive coordinator to work with a defensive-minded head coach. But instead of Fangio, Rosenthal sent Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks to become the Bears’ next head coach.
GM Ryan Pace made Fangio his first official interview for the team’s head coaching job, meeting with the team on Wednesday to kick things off. Even if the Bears don’t hire Fangio to be the head coach, the front office seems very interested in retaining its defensive coordinator in some capacity. Chicago will have some competition for Fangio come 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday when he officially becomes a free agent. It is expected that the Green Bay Packers will be among the first to try and line up to speak with Fangio regarding the team’s open defensive coordinator position.
But if the Bears can convince Fangio to stay with a new head coach, then we’re looking at the best of both worlds when it comes to this coaching hire. And to keep Fangio away from the Packers would be the cherry on top of a lovely sundae.