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The Bear’s Den, January 4, 2018

Bears coaching search turns in house as Pace interviews Vic Fangio, as Dowell Loggains reunites with Adam Gase in Miami

NFL: SEP 10 Falcons at Bears
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) reviews plays with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains during an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears on September 10, 2017 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
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Maske: Will there be a Sean McVay Effect on this year's NFL head coaching searches? - Chicago Tribune - There is plenty to love about the coaching job Sean McVay has done this season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Campbell & Wiederer: Bears begin coaching search - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Kane: Bears provide injury updates on Leonard Floyd, Cameron Meredith, Kyle Long - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace counts injury prevention among the things team leaders have to address as they head into the offseason.

Biggs: Ranking the NFL's 6 coaching vacancies: It's all about the QB - Chicago Tribune - How does the Bears head coaching job stack up with the other five openings around the league right now? The Tribune polled 20 front-office employees, head coaches, coordinators and position coaches across the league.

Thompson: Former Bear Patrick Mannelly reveals the secret to his long-term success - Chicago Tribune - During an appearance of Wednesday's "Live From The 815" podcast in Rockford, the hosts asked Patrick Mannelly why he was universally beloved.

Campbell & Biggs: Bears interview Vic Fangio for head coaching job; Vikings coordinators up next - Chicago Tribune - The Bears interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head coaching vacancy on Wednesday

Rosenbloom: Uh-oh - George McCaskey and Ted Phillips reportedly will accompany Ryan Pace on coaching interviews - Chicago Tribune - It might not necessarily be wrong to have a team chairman and team president take part early in the interview process— unless it’s THAT chairman and THAT president with THAT recent awful history.

Wiederer & Campbell: Do Bears have the proper vision and sales pitch for their coaching search? - Chicago Tribune - In this week's Real Talk, Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell examine the Bears' vision and direction following their season-ending press conference announcing John Fox was fired and GM Ryan Pace's contract was extended

Campbell: Dowell Loggains leaving Bears, joining Dolphins as offensive coordinator - Chicago Tribune - Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is reuniting with Adam Gase as a member of the Dolphins coaching staff.

Jahns: Examining the ways that the Bears' coaching search differs from 2015 - Chicago Sun-Times - With the Bears’ search for a new coach hitting the road soon, here’s a look at how it will be different.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Discussing and arguing about the Bears' coaching search - Chicago Sun-Times - In episode 142 of their podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge break down another Black Monday at Halas Hall and more

Finley: Why the Vikings' Pat Shurmur makes sense as the Bears' next head coach - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will interview Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur later this week for their head coaching vacancy.

Finley: Bears interview Vic Fangio for head coaching vacancy - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears think highly of their defensive coordinator, who is ostensibly a free agent after not signing a contract extension offered last offseason

Cahill: Oddsmaker lists Pat Shurmur, Matt Nagy as favorites for Bears' next coach - Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL has always been about gambling, so why would forecasting team's head-coaching vacancies be any different.

Jahns: Exploring the Bears' case for keeping Vic Fangio - in some capacity - Chicago Sun-Times - “Guys love him. We respect him. If I was here, I’d hope he stays.”

Morrissey: With McCaskey and Phillips in charge, does the next coach even matter? - Chicago Sun-Times - GM Ryan Pace, a consensus builder, has made the team's chairman and president believe that their opinions are not only valued but necessary.

Finley: Former Bears coach Dowell Loggains lands with Dolphins as coordinator - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains found a soft landing spot: he was hired to do the same job with the Dolphins.

Bears Coaching Confidential: Steve Wilks - NBC Sports Chicago - Could he be a fit for the Bears?

Finley: Are the Bears still interested in Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks? - Chicago Sun-Times - Sources confirmed that the Bears, who had informally inquired about Wilks, had yet to file a formal request with the league to interview him.

Santaromita: Dowell Loggains reportedly taking over as Dolphins offensive coordinator - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' coaching changes appear to be continuing with multiple reports claiming that Dowell Loggains will take over as offensive coordinator for the Dolphins.

Stankevitz: Could Vic Fangio make sense for the Bears? 'He's a great coach' - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Wednesday, a move that he not only was owed, but he earned.

Moon: Bears may want to re-think central piece of coaching sales pitch - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are trying to sell their next head coach on the legacy of the franchise. That might not be wise thinking, writes John "Moon" Mullin.

Edholm: Did Cleveland Browns get passed up to coach Senior Bowl team? - Pro Football Weekly - Typically teams with worst records get first shot, but Broncos and Texans appear to be staffs in Mobile

Hub Arkush: Which team has most attractive head coach opening? - Pro Football Weekly - Dig a little and the answer may surprise

Edholm: Chicago Bears' list of head-coaching candidates comes into focus - Pro Football Weekly - We now know a number of the candidates Ryan Pace will consider to replace John Fox

Mayer: Pace interviews Fangio for head-coaching job - - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Wednesday became the first candidate to interview with general manager Ryan Pace for the team’s vacant head-coaching position.

Cox: Leonard Floyd on fired coach John Fox ‘I love him to death’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was sad to see head coach John Fox fired from the team.

Perez: Dolphins name Dowell Loggains offensive coordinator - Bears Wire - The Miami Dolphins hired Dowell Loggains to serve as the team's offensive coordinator

Perez: Why Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold declaring for 2018 NFL Draft is good news for Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears received good news Wednesday with the declarations of Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold for the 2018 NFL Draft

Emma: Bears Request Interviews With 2 More Coaching Candidates - CBS Chicago - The Bears want to meet with Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Emma: Bears Interview Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio For Coaching Vacancy - CBS Chicago - The Bears began their coaching search with an in-house candidate, interviewing Fangio on Wednesday.

Emma: With Mitchell Trubisky, Bears Present Promising Coaching Vacancy - CBS Chicago - If the Bears seek a bright offensive mind, the chance to coach Trubisky is the big draw.


Dubow: Jon Gruden - There's 'good chance' he'll return as Raiders coach - Chicago Tribune - Jon Gruden says he had a good talk with Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization and believes there is a "good chance" it will happen.


Beasley: Miami Dolphins hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator - Miami Herald - The Dolphins have reassigned Clyde Christensen, making way for a former Adam Gase associate to rejoin him in Miami.

Detroit Lions 2018 head coach tracker: Latest news, rumors on interviews, hirings - Pride Of Detroit - Get all of the latest news and rumors in one place here.

NFC North Rundown, Week 17: Regular season ends with medley of questions - Acme Packing Company - The 2017 regular season ends with more questions than answers about the direction of three divisional teams.

Western: Packers extended Mike McCarthy’s contract during the 2017 season, per report - Acme Packing Company - The head coach has at least some extra job security for the time being with the team’s GM job up for grabs..

Bukowski: Despite extension, Mike McCarthy's job with Packers on the line in 2018 - Acme Packing Company - Short-term contract only removes "lame duck" title for the Packers head coach next season, doesn’t solidify his standing long term.

Hirchhorn: Report - Alonzo Highsmith leaving Packers front office, joining Browns - Acme Packing Company - The Packers have one less respected talent evaluator in their front office after Highsmith reportedly accepts a position with the Browns.


Silverstein: A Bears fan makes the Hall of Fame case for Sterling Sharpe - Windy City Gridiron - Trust us - we are thinking only of the Bears.

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears have meetings set up with several head coaching candidates - Windy City Gridiron - A schedule of meetings for the Chicago Bears and prospective head coaches is starting to take shape per various reports. There still hasn’t been official word from the Bears or Pace on a...

Wiltfong: WCG Predicts Super Bowl LII - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG staff has our official picks in for the Super Bowl.

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears interviewed Vic Fangio for the head coach position - Windy City Gridiron - This one came as a surprise to me, but the Chicago Bears announced that they interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their vacant head coaching position. As the Bears defensive...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 17 vs Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - As expected with a rookie quarterback, the sacks allowed during Mitchell Trubisky’s time starting increased from what the Chicago Bears allowed during Mike Glennon’s four starts.

Zeglinski: Making the playoffs early and winning the Super Bowl: the real success indicator for Mitch Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - History doesn't lie for quarterbacks. If the young Trubisky is to ever win a championship with the Bears, he must make the playoffs very soon.

Duerrwaechter: Bears Head Coaching Search Extravaganza! - Windy City Gridiron - After three seasons of futility and frustration, the John Fox era has come to an end. On this...

Sunderbruch: Are the Bears Really Built for the Long Haul? - Windy City Gridiron - The refrain of those feeling good about the Chicago Bears is that Ryan Pace has built a team for the long haul. That he is amassing young talent. With that in mind, it’s worth looking at the roster and seeing how much young talent is really there.

Infante: Bears OC Dowell Loggains to join Dolphins in same position - Windy City Gridiron - Get ready for a lot of run-run-pass-punt, Miami. Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday night that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will be leaving the team to join the Miami...


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