The Chicago Bears are still in the early stages of interviewing potential head coach and general manager candidates. However, one of the potential hold-overs from the Matt Nagy regime is garnering interest elsewhere.
Late Tuesday night, Micheal-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reported that the Seahawks have requested to interview Bears’ defensive coordinator Sean Desai for the same position in Seattle under head coach Pete Carroll.
Hearing that another name to watch in the Seahawks defensive coordinator search is Sean Desai of the Bears. Seahawks have requested to interview him, I'm told.
— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) January 19, 2022
You can imagine the Bears will honor the request, even for a parallel job, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because they’ve got feelers out with, well, just about every team in the NFL.
Desai, 38, just finished his first season as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, but has been with the team since the Marc Trestman era (he first served as a quality control assistant in 2013, when former general manager Phil Emry was still overseeing the football operations in Chicago).
Desai stuck around when John Fox took over and worked with defensive backs, linebackers, and special teams before being promoted to the safeties coach under Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio. He was eventually promoted to defensive coordinator this past season after the team dismissed former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
While forcing Desai on a new Bears head coach wouldn’t be the ideal route to go, Desai has now served under three different head coaches in Chicago and could still have plenty to offer. That is, if he doesn’t take a job elsewhere.
Seattle was 31st in the NFL this season against the pass and 17th in the NFL against the run. Desai’s Chicago Bears defense finished 22nd in the NFL, allowing 23.9 points per game despite dealing with a fairly wide variety of injuries, regression, and COVID-19 issues all season.
But even if I’d like to see Desai stick around in Chicago, it’s most certainly not something I want the front office to force on their new head coach, whomever that may be. Maybe Desai taking a job elsewhere is the best thing for all parties involved, especially so that he doesn’t end up without a chair when the music stops.
You can read more about Desai in Adam Jahn’s September 24 column over at The Athletic:
Inside the rise of Sean Desai, the NFL’s first Indian American coordinator and a rising star in the league.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 24, 2021