Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has said the relationship between the GM and the head coach is one of the two most important relationships for any franchise. He's already met with three potential candidates and today he's slated to meet with a fourth. Former Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox will be at Halas hall today to speak with Pace about the head coaching vacancy for the Bears.
Fox seems like the odds on favorite to land the job, but yesterday Pace met with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
The other candidate Pace previously met with, Todd Bowles, has agreed to become the head coach for the New York Jets.
Other coaching options that have met with the Bears are Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Gase seems like a lock to either become the 49ers new head coach or to end up staying in Denver and Quinn is busy at the moment with his team still alive in the postseason.
EDIT: Gase will not be heading to San Francisco as they promoted d-line coach Jim Tomsula.
If Fox is indeed the choice for the Bears, it's being reported that Kyle Shanahan could be his offensive coordinator. If we're looking to connect the dots for a potential defensive coordinator, Fox's former defensive coordinator from his 2011 season in Denver, Dennis Allen, is also unemployed. Allen was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2012 - 2014, but he also worked for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 - 2010 when Ryan Pace was there.
If Pace is looking for a head coach he can mesh with personally, keep in mind he is friends with Marrone from their days in New Orleans together.
What are your thoughts on the coaching search so far?