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Bears Head Coach search intensifies over the weekend, with more to come next week

Dave Wannstedt
Dave Wannstedt is not on Bear’s GM Ryan Pace’s short list... in case you were wondering about that...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: With Fox out of the picture, weight of Bears’ world all on Pace - The Rock River Times - In his time as Bears general manager, while the on-field results have clearly not been up to par, Ryan Pace has rarely if ever minced words. Restraining your offense for your young quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky won’t do. 14-34 in three seasons isn’t going to cut it. Having a rebuild stuck in second gear — at least from many’s outside perspectives — does not fit the prerogative.

Finley: Bears interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards for head coach job - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears interviewed Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards for their head coaching vacancy Thursday in Minnesota, the team confirmed.

Finley: Why the Patriots' Josh McDaniels makes sense as the Bears’ next head coach - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are slated to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, weather permitting, on Friday for their head coaching vacancy.

Potash: Analyzing the Bears' highs, lows and what it means for new coach - Chicago Sun-Times - It exposed the lack of preparedness and Fox’s inability to do what he does best — get the most out of what he has to work with.

Patrick Finley: Analyzing the Bears' highs, lows and what it means for new coach - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times expert Patrick Finley dissects the 2017 season and how the Bears are positioned moving forward:

Cahill: Brian Urlacher returns the love, praises Aaron Rodgers - Chicago Sun-Times - Earlier in the week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke glowingly of former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Jahns: Analyzing the Bears' highs, lows and what it means for new coach - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times expert Adam L. Jahns dissects the 2017 season and how the Bears are positioned moving forward.

Jan. 5, 1993: Mike Ditka loses his job with the Bears, but not his passion - Chicago Tribune - Passionate to the tearful finish, the Mike Ditka era as coach of the Chicago Bears ended Tuesday as abruptly and surprisingly as it began 11 years ago.

Kane: George Edwards is the 2nd candidate — and 2nd defensive coordinator — to interview with Bears - Chicago Tribune - The Bears interviewed Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards to be their head coach on Thursday.

Thompson: Bears great Dan Hampton: McCaskeys 'don't know much about football' - Chicago Tribune
- Hall of Fame Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton said the McCaskey family doesn't know enough about football to make sound hiring decisions.

Rosenbloom: Bears coach search needs Zach Galifianakis singing ‘the three best friends that anyone could have’ - Chicago Tribune
- Maybe it’s me, but the Bears’ coaching search road trip with chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips inexplicably accompanying GM Ryan Pace feels like it should include Zach Galifianakis singing “the three best friends that anyone could have."

Biggs: Bears meet with Pat Shurmur, completing interviews in Minnesota - Chicago Tribune - Pat Shurmur probably has the best chance to be hired of the three candidates who have met with the Bears so far.

Campbell: Bears to interview Patriots' Josh McDaniels on Friday night - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will interview Josh McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator, for their head coaching vacancy Friday night. The meeting will be a two-way measure of fit and growth because of McDaniels' options and his previous failed coaching stint with the Broncos.

Biggs: Bears must hope patience with Ryan Pace pays off as it did for Jaguars, Rams GMs - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are hoping two of this season's breakthrough teams — the Rams and Jaguars — can serve as examples of what can happen with front-office stability.

LeGere: Bears coaching search continues with interview of Vikings DC - Daily Herald - Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards Thursday became the second candidate to interview with GM Ryan Pace for the Bears' head-coaching vacancy.

Moreano: Nick's Top Three Bears' Head Coaching Candidates - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Take a listen as Nicholas Moreano makes his case for the three head coach candidates that he favors more so than the rest.

Mullin: New Bears coach will have to answer the Mitch Trubisky question - NBC Sports Chicago - Whoever comes in to serve as the next Bears head coach will not have any latitude when it comes to the quarterback situation in Chicago.

Bears Confirm Interview With Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur - CBS Chicago - Shurmur was the third candidate whom the Bears interviewed.

PFW Chicago Podcast 099: Updating the Bears’ coaching search - Pro Football Weekly - It’ll be a “collaborative” effort between Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips and George McCaskey to hire John Fox’s replacement, and we think that’s worrisome - more so than the two-year extension Pace received. But the early reports of coaches being considered

Hub Arkush: Next Chicago Bears coach will be GM Ryan Pace’s guy - Pro Football Weekly - But don’t count on McCaskey, Phillips to help you believe it

Pro Football Focus: How the Chicago Bears rookie class graded in 2017 - Bears Wire - A look at how the Chicago Bears rookie class graded in 2017

Cox: 2017 Bears Report Card: Quarterback - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears quarterback development in 2017 was more important than wins and losses.

Mayer: Pace interviews Edwards for head-coaching position - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace conducted his second interview for the Bears’ head-coaching position Thursday, meeting in Minnesota with Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Mayer: Pace interviewing Shurmur for head-coaching position - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace is conducting his third interview for the Bears’ head-coaching job, meeting in Minnesota Friday morning with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

DaBearsPod: No Pats Coaches, Jeff on the Radio, Dave Eats Dog [AUDIO] - Da Bears Blog - Jeff makes the case against Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears prioritizng offense in head coaching search - ESPN - It's not a coincidence that four of the six known candidates for the Bears' head coaching position have an offensive background.

Dickerson: Bears doomed by another slow start as predicted - ESPN - Despite two bright spots -- straight wins over the Ravens and Panthers -- the Bears' 2017 season was as bleak as expected.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wickersham: Beginning of the end for New England Patriots? Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick internal power struggle - Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are aiming for a sixth Lombardi Trophy. But friction between the coach and star QB could put the future of a dynasty in doubt.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Haloti Ngata wants to play for the Detroit Lions in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - The veteran defensive tackle isn’t ready to retire yet.

Hirschhorn: Report - Packers could retain Gutekunst, lose McCarthy if Ball named GM - Acme Packing Company - The Packers still look poised to name Russ Ball as their next general manager, but the incumbent head coach doesn’t appear to be sold on that decision.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: The Truth Behind Coaching - Windy City Gridiron - Some people believe coaching is all about the "x’s and o’s," but let’s examine some of the more complicated concepts involved.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Head Coaching Search Updates - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the latest on the Chicago Bears coaching search, as well as info on the assistants that are leaving the team.

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