The Chicago Bears are starting to rattle off new hires ushering in an era of change at Halas Hall.
It began with Ryan Poles coming in as the GM. Days later, Matt Eberflus followed Poles to become head coach. Not too long after that, Ian Cunningham jumped on board to be Poles’ right-hand man as the assistant GM. And while not official yet, signs are pointing to Luke Getsy jumping ship, leaving the Packers, and joining the Bears as their offensive coordinator.
But the moves aren’t done just yet:
The #Bears are targeting #Colts safeties coach Alan Williams as their defensive coordinator, per sources. Interview process still ongoing. But Williams — the onetime #Vikings DC — is a logical fit to follow Matt Eberflus from Indianapolis.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 30, 2022
Ooh! It looks like Eberflus is trying to get the band back together.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reports the Bears have eyes for Alan Williams to be their next defensive coordinator. Williams, 52, has spent the last four years coaching in the Colts secondary as part of a 20-year run in the NFL. In fact, it is Williams’ second stint coaching Indianapolis defensive backs. That suggests he knows what he is doing. And considering the importance of getting it right in the secondary, this hire would be an important one. Not just in terms of having a defensive coordinator (even if it is just in title because Eberflus will call the shots), but also because it would signify a focus on shoring up the back end of the defense from a coaching standpoint.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Williams having a connection to the Bears, as he was one of the first names who reporters thought would join Eberflus in Chicago. As Pelissero points out, the interview process is still chugging along. Which means there could be others who get calls and enter the discussion. And if those candidates get consideration, but not that gig, there are other roles throughout the staff that need to be filled. So we’ll be keeping an eye out on that as we comb through this search.