Here Are All the Head Coach and GM Candidates Connected to the Bears (So Far)

After parting ways with Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy on Monday, the Chicago Bears and their search team led by Bill Polian have wasted no time sending out interview requests for potential general manager and head coach candidates this week. If you haven’t been feverishly tracking and documenting the happenings as Luis has here at BN Bears, you’ve probably missed someone or someones. That’s why we’ve put together this list of potential candidates thus far for you today.

Before we get into who the Bears have requested to interview so far, it’s important to note that these requests are mandatory first steps in setting up interviews with potential candidates and are more or less informal Zoom meetings where the search team can gain some base-level familiarity with each candidate and potentially narrow their final list down a bit considering the wide-ranging net that they’ve cast in the first 72 hours of this search.

It’s also important to note; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with casting a wide net at this point in the search. It’s a welcomed change from the past coaching and front office searches with this organization. After botching this process so many times before, it’s better to leave no stone unturned this time, right? All right, let’s get down to it.

General Manager Candidates with Reported Interview Requests

•   Eliot Wolf (New England Patriots – Director of Scouting)

•   Omar Khan (Pittsburgh Steelers – VP of Football and Business Administration)

•   Joe Schoen (Buffalo Bills – Assistant General Manager)

•   Ran Carthon (San Francisco 49ers – Director of Player Personnel)

•   Rick Smith (Houston Texans – Executive Vice President of Football Operations, 2006-17)

•   Jeff Ireland (New Orleans Saints – Assistant General Manager)

•   Ed Dodds (Indianapolis Colts – Assistant General Manager)

•   Glenn Cook (Cleveland Browns – VP of Player Personnel), Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Cleveland Browns – VP of Football Operations)

•   Morocco Brown (Indianapolis Colts – Director of College Scouting)

Head Coach Candidates with Reported Interview Requests

•   Dan Quinn (Dallas Cowboys – Defensive Coordinator)

•   Matt Eberflus (Indianapolis Colts – Defensive Coordinator)

•   Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins – Head Coach, 2019-21)

•   Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Offensive Coordinator), Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Defensive Coordinator)

•   Nathaniel Hackett (Green Bay Packers – Offensive Coordinator)

•   Brian Daboll (Buffalo Bills – Offensive Coordinator)

•   Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles – Head Coach, 2016-2020)

•   Leslie Frazier (Buffalo Bills – Defensive Coordinator)

Alright, you got all that? So far, at the time of publishing, the Bears have been reported to have requested interviews with ten general manager candidates and nine head coaching candidates in the last 72 hours. Whew!

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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