On January 10, the Chicago Bears announced the status of their coaching staff for the 2024 season. Head coach Matt Eberflus will be back, as will his entire defensive staff, although they still need a defensive coordinator after Alan Williams resigned early in the 2023 season. Eberflus announced they would overhaul the offensive staff, with the only holdovers being offensive line coach Chris Morgan and tight ends coach Jim Dray.
Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles will go about filling in the gaps on the coaching staff in the coming days and weeks, and we’ll track all their interview requests here. We’ll also track other Bears-related nuggets for a coach or front-office positions around the NFL.
- The Chargers have hired Joe Hortiz as their new GM, so the two Chicago candidates who were up for that job appear to be sticking with the Bears.
- Ike Hilliard will interview for the Bears wide receivers coaching job tomorrow. (link)
- The Bears did speak with linebackers coach Dave Borgonzi about their vacant defensive coordinator position before hiring Eric Washington. (link)
- The Bears will interview Chargers WR coach Chris Beatty for the same open position in Chicago. (link) - Beatty was DJ Moore’s WR coach at Maryland.
- The Patriots are planning to interview former Bears OC Luke Getsy for their vacant OC job. As our colleague Jeff Berckes has speculated, the Pats, like the Raiders, could be gathering some intel on a Chicago QB in case of a trade. (link)
- The Bears have a new defensive coordinator after hiring Eric Washington, who was most recently the Buffalo Bills' Assistant Head coach/defensive line coach. (link)
- The latest report has the Bears interviewing former Packer DC Joe Barry on Saturday for a position on their defensive staff, not necessarily the coordinator gig. (link)
- The Bears intend to interview Tennessee Titans WR coach Rob Moore for their vacant receivers coach position. (link)
- Not a surprise, but it seems Bears head coach Matt Eberflus appears set on calling the defense again in 2024. (link) And it appears the only reason he didn't call plays at first was because of ownership.
Eberflus has long been among the NFL’s most respected defensive minds, but Bears ownership wanted more of a “walkaround” head coach when he was hired in 2022, so he delegated play calling to (Alan) Williams.
- The Bears have hired Kerry Joseph as their new QB coach. (link) - Joseph is coaching the QBs at the Senior Bowl.
- Former Packers DC Joe Barry will interview for the Bear's vacant DC job. (link)
- Sanjay Lal Lal has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant coach job with the Bears. (link)
- On January 25 it was reported that the Bears requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills assistant head coach/defensive line Eric Washington for the vacant defensive coordinator position. (link)
- With the Chargers hiring Jim Harbaugh as head coach, their GM search should heat up, and Bears Co-Director of Player Personnel Jeff King is still in the running (link), as is Assistant GM Ian Cunningham (link).
- The Bears interviewed Seahawks passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal earlier today (January 23). (link)
- The Bears officially announced Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator.
- The Raiders will interview Luke Getsy for offensive coordinator. (link)
- Bears setting up interviews with assistant coaches Chad Morton, Sanjay Lal, Kerry Joseph, and others from Seatle for various staff positions. (link)
- Titans assistant head coach/defensive line coach Terrell Williams will interview with the Bears for their open defensive coordinator position. (link)
- Rams passing game coordinator/QBs coach Zac Robinson was the runner-up to Shane Waldron in the Bears’ search for a new offensive coordinator. (link)
- On Monday morning, it was reported that the Bears were hiring Shane Waldron as their new OC. (link)
- The Bears put in a request to interview Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their vacant offensive coordinator position, but L.A. didn’t allow it. (link)
- Per SI’s Albert Breer, former Bears OC Luke Getsy has been mentioned as a possibility in Las Vegas as their new offensive coordinator. Also mentioned were two coaches the Bears have interviewed for their OC job, Shane Waldron and Kliff Kingsbury. (link)
- The Bears finally have an interview lined up for their defensive coordinator job as they’ll meet with Titans defensive pass game coordinator/CBs coach Chris Harris, who is a former Bears player and assistant coach. (link)
- The Chargers have interviewed Bears Co-Director of Player Personnel, Jeff King, for their vacant GM job. (link)
- Bears assistant special teams coach Carlos Polk has interviewed for the New York Giants special teams coordinator job. (link)
- The Ohio State Buckeyes have hired Bill O’Brien as their new offensive coordinator, which is noteworthy for Bears fans because Kentucky OC Liam Coen, whom the Bears have interviewed for their open OC job, was also a candidate for that Buckeye gig.
- Bears will interview Kliff Kingsbury, a senior offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach at USC, for their offensive coordinator job. (link)
- The Bears are interviewing Rams passing game coordinator/QB coach Zac Robinson for their open offensive coordinator job. (link)
- The Bears have a request in to interview Eagles senior offensive assistant Marcus Brady for their offensive coordinator position. Brady was the Colts offensive coordinator/QB coach when Eberflus was coaching in Indianapolis. (link)
- The Saints have requested to interview Seattle OC Shane Waldron, whom the Bears have already interviewed. (link)
- Panthers offensive coordinator Thomas Brown will meet with the Bears today about the offensive coordinator job. (link) Brown is another coach with experience in the Shanahan tree having worked with Sean McVay and the Rams for three years.
- On his podcast earlier today, Adam Jahns mentioned that he believes the Bears are also interviewing for their offensive staff during their coordinator interviews. (link) So, my guess yesterday that Waldron could get the coordinator gig with Olson remaining as his QB coach may be in play. Perhaps a passing and running game coordinator would be in the works as well.
- On Sunday, the Bears interviewed Greg Roman for their vacant offensive coordinator job. (link)
- The Chargers have completed their interview with Bears assistant general manager Ian Cunningham for their open general manager position. (link)
- Kentucky’s Liam Coen is a serious candidate for the Bears offensive coordinator job, but also the vacant OC job at Ohio State. (link)
- This had been rumored, but now there’s some confirmation: The Bears have interviewed former Seattle QB coach Greg Olson for their vacant offensive coordinator job. (link)
- The Bears plan to interview Kentucky offensive coordinator/QBs coach Liam Coen for their offensive coordinator position. Coen previously spent four years with the Los Angeles Rams and Sean McVay, including as their offensive coordinator in 2022. (Link)
- The Los Angeles Chargers plan to interview Ian Cunningham for their GM job, and there is buzz growing that he’s the front-runner.
- The Commanders are hiring 49ers’ assistant GM Adam Peters as their new general manager; Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham was a finalist there.
- The Bears plan to interview San Francisco 49ers passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak for their open offensive coordinator job. (link)
- FYI, tonight’s Bear Bones on 2nd City Gridiron will feature a segment breaking down several offensive coordinator candidates. (LINK)
- Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham is expected to be a finalist for the Washington Commanders.
- On Wednesday night, the Bears requested an interview with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for their vacant offensive coordinator position. (link)
Here are the positions the Bears are working to fill.
Offensive coordinator - Shane Waldron hired (link)
Quarterbacks coach - Kerry Joseph (link)
Running backs coach
Wide receivers coach
Assistant tight ends coach
Defensive coordinator - Eric Washington (link)