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Cross Zampese off Bears list too

Does anyone want to work with Jay Cutler around here?  Anyone?

Hue Jackson canceled an interview for the Bears offensive coordinator position Tuesday, and now the Chicago Tribune writes that Bengals quarterback coach Ken Zampese is also out of the mix.

In this case, the decision wasn’t Zampese’s to make.  Bengals coach Marvin Lewis gave Zampese a one-week deadline to make a decision after interviewing for the Bears job.  Zampese didn’t get an offer, so he’s out of the running.

Jackson is the second coach to cancel an interview with Chicago; Jeremy Bates went to Seattle without meeting with the Bears.

This leaves the Bears at square one.  The only other man to interview was Rob Chudzinski, who apparently doesn’t want the job either.

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22 Responses to “Cross Zampese off Bears list too”
  1. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 26, 2010 10:14 AM

    “The only other man to interview was Rob Chudzinski, who apparently doesn’t want the job either.”
    _____________________________________
    Damn the C.H.U.D. won’t even take the gig?
    You know it’s bad when Cannabalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers don’t want to go to Chicago…

  2. kris21054 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:16 AM

    ok i will come and coach the bears offense and i am cheap also

  3. Sow Crates says: Jan 26, 2010 10:18 AM

    little to do with Jay Cutler.
    Everything to do with the fact that this might only be a one-year job. Nobody the Bears are interviewing can honestly say this is the opportunity of a life time; that is, its more than possible they could be in the running for an OC/DC job next year, or the year after that and so on. Better to keep your job and wait for a contract that guarantees multiple years in one place.
    The McCaskeys can go cheap like they wanted to because they literally can not find a good coordinator to pay handsomely to coach in Chicago.
    From a football perspective, not firing Lovie Smith has gotten more and more expensive as this off-season’s dragged onwards, and that’s coming from a Bears fan who doesn’t think he’s been that bad a coach, even with the 23-25 record since the super bowl appearance. The cost of paying Lovie his guaranteed money to walk vs the cost of squandering talent by not having good coordinators is quickly plummeting below a 1 to 1 ratio

  4. Grimace421 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:21 AM

    Why is this about working with Jay Cutler?!?! The problem isn’t that coaches don’t want to be “ran out” by Cutler. It’s that there is NO job security in Chicago. The president already said that if Lovie and JA don’t have a good year, they’re gone. Who would want to go work in that environment?!?!
    I guess blaming their coaching problems on Cutler makes better headlines…

  5. pkrjones says: Jan 26, 2010 10:29 AM

    Excellent reference to a lame ’80’s movie, Az-wee-pay… well played.
    With Lovie and Angelo as “lame duck leaders” the Bear’s need to find some Asst. QB coach who wants a one-year stepping-stone. Any established NFL positions coach would be a fool to sign-on, unless they need to rebuild their resume or former collegiate coach… Gary Barnett, perhaps?

  6. ChicagoJo says: Jan 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    Just sign Martz already…. then again what happened to Musgrave, the falcons QB coach? At least there seems to be a good amount of talent for D coordinators… of course we need to interview them first

  7. gopher says: Jan 26, 2010 10:55 AM

    The people who posted regarding a one year job are right on the money. I would bet Martz or Billick (sp) would take the job and then hope the Bears flop and Lovie is fired and they get the shot at being the head coach, the only reason they would not take it is call ego.

  8. Skin_Flute says: Jan 26, 2010 11:11 AM

    Its because Jay Cutler is to coaches what Mike Vick is to pitbulls.

  9. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 26, 2010 11:44 AM

    I was wondering if anyone here would catch the obscure b-rated horror movie reference…thanks pkrjones.

  10. schooney says: Jan 26, 2010 11:45 AM

    George Halles just phoned in from above and said Sid Lukman would take the job

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 26, 2010 12:00 PM

    And’s Lovie’s lame-duck status has nothing to do with Cutler’s perfomance or coachability?

  12. JayBot says: Jan 26, 2010 12:02 PM

    “Does anyone want to work with Jay Cutler around here? Anyone?”
    Anyone who really wants to work with Jay Cutler will wait until next year, because whoever gets the job this year will be out on the street with Lovie after next season.
    ” Zampese didn’t get an offer, so he’s out of the running.”
    …and they’ll never fill the position if they’re not making any offers.

  13. heavysoul28 says: Jan 26, 2010 12:34 PM

    Zampese wasn’t allowed to interview for the job so that means he doesn’t want to work with Cutler? How does that make any sense? To date, the Bears have not made an offer to anyone. Talk about skewed reporting. Gesh.

  14. Peoples Champ says: Jan 26, 2010 12:37 PM

    These coaches fear that they’ll be on the street after next year. Jay Cuntler plays a somewhat of a minimal role in it…

  15. snccoach says: Jan 26, 2010 12:38 PM

    Man Chicago is looking like a complete joke right now. Hue Jackson chose THE RAIDERS who:
    1. At best has the same job security as Chicago.
    2. Would rather work with JaMarcus Russell rather than Jay Cutler.
    This speaks VOLUMES of the dysfunction at Halas Hall right now.
    Sad.

  16. Midway Monster says: Jan 26, 2010 12:49 PM

    I guess my take on this is that it will be a no win situation regardless. Hire an offensive coordinator for the year which in turn means the entire team needs to learn an entirely new offense this year and probably the next as well. Cutler will receive all the negative publicity and any chance we had to create a dynamic offense will end in utter frustration. Meanwhile the decent players we do have on defense will have aged another two years and we will still be sitting right here in the same spot. Pay Lovie off and send him on his way. We are not even remotely “close” with Lovie and his stooges. Rebuild. Start over. Sign free agents. GET A COMPETENT FRONT OFFICE.

  17. Howie Handles says: Jan 26, 2010 1:02 PM

    McCaskey family WAKE UP and fire Lovie and Angelo. They’re the men responsible for your current situation. 2010 is not going to be any better than 2009, so start rebuilding now.

  18. Ditka0185 says: Jan 26, 2010 1:48 PM

    The Bears need to do what TB did last year suprise everyone and can everyone. Then they would have no competition for Cowher or Gruden. Then they can get rejected by both of them because of lowball offers. Then they can hire a cheap replacement, which is what will end up happening. Cheap Bastards
    If that was to happen at least we wouldn’t have to worry about Cutler being in 4 different systems in 4 years.

  19. richabbs says: Jan 26, 2010 2:05 PM

    Lovie has yet to find an Offensive and Defensive Coordinator who will kiss his a$$. Chicago would be smart to fire him, even at this late date, and bring in Bill Cowher or Ron Rivera. Either of those guys will breathe some life into this once great franchise.

  20. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Jan 26, 2010 2:26 PM

    It’s not about Cutler, Rosenthal, you pencilneck idiot.
    It’s about what a sham Lovie Smith is. He’s clueless about evaluating talent, both with players and in the coaching ranks.
    He has no plan, no football smarts, and whoever takes this job is going to get fired a year from now because of Lovie.

  21. Sow Crates says: Jan 26, 2010 4:07 PM

    # snccoach says: January 26, 2010 12:38 PM
    “Man Chicago is looking like a complete joke right now. Hue Jackson chose THE RAIDERS who:
    1. At best has the same job security as Chicago.
    2. Would rather work with JaMarcus Russell rather than Jay Cutler.
    This speaks VOLUMES of the dysfunction at Halas Hall right now.
    Sad.”
    Wrong. You know why? Because in Chicago, the head coach AND THE GENERAL MANAGER are both in trouble. The man that hired you and the man you worked for might be gone when 2010 ends, and few head coaches inherit a team with the intention of keeping the coordinators from a previous regime. Now compound that by the fact that it might be a new G.M and a new head coach, even less likely to tolerate old regime coaches.

  22. PolegoJim says: Jan 26, 2010 6:53 PM

    I love this post.
    Cutler is a uncooperative child. He pouts, throws games and tantrums, sabotages plays and coaches, respects no one who disagrees wtih him, and does nothing he doesn’t want to.
    You want to coach that? Anybody remotely qualified would coach anyone but that.
    To make Josh McDaniels look good right now, you’d have to be ‘that’ bad. Thanks Jay.

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