The latest buzz surrounding the Chicago Bears assistant coaching search is about having some interest in Philadelphia Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley. The Athletic’s Adam Jahns was the first to report Chicago’s interest in Staley, who today asked to be released from his contract with the Eagles. The Lions are also reported to have interest in him.
EDIT: Duce ended up with the Lions as their assistant head coach/running backs.
Staley has been coaching in Philly since 2011 and he is well respected and popular with his peers, his players, and fans. If the Bears do sign Staley, it’s assumed he’ll slide into the running backs coaching role that was vacated when Charles London left to be the new QB coach with the Falcons.
Also exciting the Bears is passing game coordinator Dave Ragone, who landed in Atlanta as their offensive coordinator.
The Bears also lost defensive line coach Jay Rodgers to the Chargers, and it’s reported that he’ll be their defensive run game coordinator/d-line coach.
Yesterday it was reported that outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino would not be returning to Chicago.
New defensive coordinator Sean Desai, who received the stamp of approval by mentor Vic Fangio, as well as from some former players, could look internally to fill Chicago’s vacant defensive line, outside linebackers, and safeties coach role, or he could possibly lean on the experience of his mentor to help with some candidates.
There are also a couple defensive coaches the Bears have been linked to that have yet to get have any movement, George Edwards and Mike Singletary, so perhaps one of them is in line for a role in Chicago.
For those scoring at home, here’s how Matt Nagy’s coaching staff lines up right now.
Offensive coordinator – Bill Lazor
Defensive coordinator – Sean Desai
Special teams coordinator – Chris Tabor
Quarterbacks – John DeFilippo
Running backs – Vacant
Wide receivers – Mike Furrey
Assistant wide receivers/offensive quality control – Chris Jackson
Tight ends – Clancy Barone
Offensive line – Juan Castillo
Assistant offensive line – Donovan Raiola
Passing game coordinator - Vacant
Offensive quality control – Mike Snyder
Offensive assistant – Mike Harris
Offensive assistant - Henry Burris
Coaching assistant - Kyle Childress
Defensive line – Vacant
Outside linebackers – Vacant
Inside linebackers – Mark DeLeone
Pass rush analyst/assistant linebackers – Bill Shuey
Secondary – Deshea Townsend
Safeties - Vacant
Defensive quality control – Shane Toub
Defensive quality control – Ronell Williams
Assistant special teams – Brian Ginn
Head athletic trainer – Andre Tucker
Head strength and conditioning – Jason Loscalzo
Assistant strength and conditioning – Casey Kramer
Strength and conditioning assistant – Pierre Ngo
Keep in mind the Bears could choose not to replace some of the vacancies or they could create new positions as well. There is no salary cap on an NFL coaching staff.