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Bears won’t let Jon Hoke interview with Vikings

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The Vikings wanted to interview Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke for their defensive coordinator vacancy, but the Bears said no.

The Bears declined the Vikings’ request on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

It’s no surprise that the Bears wouldn’t let Hoke interview with a division rival while he still has a year left on his contract. Although Bears coach Lovie Smith has said he likes seeing coaches on his staff get the opportunity to advance in their professions, the Bears also refused to allow offensive line coach Mike Tice to interview to become the Titans’ offensive coordinator last year. The Bears later gave Tice a new contract, and now he’s been promoted to offensive coordinator in Chicago.

Last year Hoke interviewed for the Eagles’ defensive coordinator position, which ultimately (and controversially) went to Juan Castillo. But from the Bears’ perspective, that was a different situation because Hoke’s contract expired after the 2010 season. After being considered by the Eagles, Hoke eventually ended up signing a new two-year deal with the Bears at the same time that Tice got his new contract.

Before joining the Bears’ staff in 2009, Hoke was an assistant with the Texans from 2002 to 2008. Before that he spent 20 years as a college assistant. Hoke is the brother of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

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24 Responses to “Bears won’t let Jon Hoke interview with Vikings”
  1. glac1 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:03 PM

    Stuck in Chicago for another year instead of LA or San Antonio. Maybe next year!

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 17, 2012 12:14 PM

    The Bears declined the interview because they are running out of in-house people to promote and can’t get anyone from the outside to join a sinking ship.

  3. purpwalk says: Jan 17, 2012 12:14 PM

    that’s a hokey move by the bears

  4. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    i thought teams couldnt prevent you from interviewing for what amounts to a promotion. lateral moves yes, but not promotions. or does this only apply to potential head coach jobs?

  5. fergie22 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:30 PM

    i`m surprised anybody would look to interview him the bears defensive backs with the exception of peanut tillman did not exactly shine jmo

  6. chatham10 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    The Vikings are having trouble filling this position and will have because who wants to pack up your family and move when the head coach is already on thin ice, and yes they is still some thin ice in Minnesota.

  7. leftcoastnative says: Jan 17, 2012 12:43 PM

    It is rather unfortunate that position coaches on a club are denied an opportunity to interview for a coordinator’s slot with another franchise because that position definitely is a step up and another rung in the ladder closer to a potential head coaching job.

    Ironically, the NFL is one of the few businesses in America that has legislated against advancement and promotions.

    Wonder how many labor lawsuits other businesses would be facing if they operated the same way?

    Unfortunately, assistant coaches basically have no rights.

  8. sikoix says: Jan 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Viking news is so much more pleasant to read now that the bandwagon Packer trolls have gone into hibernation.

  9. bunjy96 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:54 PM

    Would much rather read about a well run organization than the disaster in Minnesota.

  10. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    sikoix says:Jan 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Viking news is so much more pleasant to read now that the bandwagon Packer trolls have gone into hibernation.
    __________________________________

    Funny how the only Viking news that’s been present since the Vikings and their bandwagon full of pigtailed cross-dressers went into hibernation back in week 4 has been:

    1) The team’s new stadium deal…or lackthereof. No one’s sure yet.

    2) The team’s coaching question marks/debacle.

    3) Whether one of their 2 quality players on the roster will ever be healthy enough to play again, better yet, even open up the season next year.

    Enjoy the nice cool and damp basement of the NFC North for the next decade….unless you get re-aligned to the NFC West.

    Now back to your tip-ups…there’s probably a fish on, and we’d hate to see you have to cough up any more of that MN state unemployment insurance money to the DNR for unattended lines in the water….and don’t eat the bait. I know you’re tempted.

  11. comeonnowguys says: Jan 17, 2012 1:18 PM

    steelerdynasty2010 says:

    i thought teams couldnt prevent you from interviewing for what amounts to a promotion. lateral moves yes, but not promotions. or does this only apply to potential head coach jobs?

    Yes, it seems odd. But it does happen. I believe before Chicago hired Martz, they were denied permission by Green Bay to interview their QB coach for the OC job.

  12. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    sikoix says: Jan 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Viking news is so much more pleasant to read now that the bandwagon Packer trolls have gone into hibernation.

    ——————–

    You find it “pleasant” to read your team is having coach ‘turn-over’ for dessert? That your team STILL has no stadium? That your team has no QB even if had a stadium to showcase him in?

    That we will soon be looking at endless Super Bowl stories-many of which will detail the Vikings futility at winning the Lombardi Trophy?

    All I can say is—enjoy!

  13. rugdog100 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:53 PM

    The Vikings shouldn’t have given the Bears permission to talk to Kevin Rogers (QB coach) for the a Bears job in 2010. BTW, how does the NFL figure that moving from DB coach to DC is a lateral move?

  14. rugdog100 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    @clintonportisheadd — Isn’t Lombardi the guy who left the Packers to coach the Redskins?

  15. gb4mn0 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:09 PM

    Da Bears should be given a Presidential Humanitarian award for saving Hoke from ruining the lives of himself and his families.

  16. lemmam says: Jan 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    I have no idea how he would do as a def coordinator at the NFL level but as a def backs coach while with the Texans he was a smart-ass s.o.b. to the players. His sarcasm and holier than thou attitude did not sit well with his fellow coaches either. I know there are all kinds that coach but the current Texans def backs coach, Vance Joseph is good, damn good

  17. mojosmagic says: Jan 17, 2012 2:43 PM

    Shows you what a fool Andy Reid was when hey Spagnola go to the rival Giants with a year left on his deal. All he did was install the Jim Johnson defense and win a Super Bowl. Reid’s problem is he is to nice a guy in a cut throat NFL.

  18. purpleguy says: Jan 17, 2012 3:01 PM

    It’s a bush-league move by the Bears, but that should come as no surprise. Then again, Frazier’s never-ending attempt to find a coordinator still using the Tampa-2 is limiting his options. Interesting responses from the usual Packer trolls above, who now have nothing better to do than beat down on the Vikes and their fans after witnessing a classic choke-job and booing their team off the field last Sunday (yeah, great loyal fans).

  19. beedubyatoo says: Jan 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    rugdog100 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 1:58 PM
    @clintonportisheadd — Isn’t Lombardi the guy who left the Packers to coach the Redskins
    ———————-

    Right. The same Lombardi who has 4 of his trophies in Gren Bay, which is 4 more than the Vikings and 3 more than the Bears.

  20. linemanguy74 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    Attention Packer fans just came from wal mart the Packer choke collars are in !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. cjw1197 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:29 PM

    @purpleisreallypinkyouknow: How long did it take your sister wife to type that entire message? Have fun exercising your long list of off-season rights earned by purchasing all of that “non-stock” stock at $250 a share. Hopefully you can still pay this month’s lot rent on your trailer.

  22. spartaninnh says: Jan 17, 2012 4:33 PM

    For those asking: if a coach is under contract, he must get the permission of his employer to interview for a position with another team. Some franchises will grant permission, some will under certain conditions (e.g., must be a step up on the ladder, not a lateral move, or not within the division), and some franchises will not allow their employees to interview period. (Hello, Tampa Bay!) So this situation, while not unheard of, is still a little unusual.

    I am conflicted by this story. I typically feel that everyone should be allowed to improve their position — in other words, if they are being offered a chance to take a step up the ladder with a different franchise, permission should be granted.

    In this case, though, I can’t really fault the Bears for refusing permission: the request came from an in-conference competitor, and it didn’t sound likely to me that Hoke was ultimately going to be the choice. The whole thing sounds more like an attempt to get information on the Bears’ schemes, plans, and internal chain of command. If I were the Bears, I would have said no to the Vikes, as well — and would have said yes to the Eagles last year when they sought to interview Tice.

  23. vikefan says: Jan 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says:Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    sikoix says:Jan 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Viking news is so much more pleasant to read now that the bandwagon Packer trolls have gone into hibernation.
    __________________________________

    Funny how the only Viking news that’s been present since the Vikings and their bandwagon full of pigtailed cross-dressers went into hibernation back in week 4 has been:

    1) The team’s new stadium deal…or lackthereof. No one’s sure yet.

    2) The team’s coaching question marks/debacle.

    3) Whether one of their 2 quality players on the roster will ever be healthy enough to play again, better yet, even open up the season next year.

    Enjoy the nice cool and damp basement of the NFC North for the next decade….unless you get re-aligned to the NFC West.

    Now back to your tip-ups…there’s probably a fish on, and we’d hate to see you have to cough up any more of that MN state unemployment insurance money to the DNR for unattended lines in the water….and don’t eat the bait. I know you’re tempted.
    ———————————————————-
    at least we know we sucked by week 5, your team actually sold pieces of toilet paper @$250/ea & sucked u into believing that u HAD a super bowl winning team with smoke & mirrors. YES, WE HAVE ice fishing, hunting, and talk about the future rise of our team, U HAVE NOTHING left for this winter & get to enjoy a slow demise!!

  24. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says:
    Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM
    sikoix says:Jan 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Viking news is so much more pleasant to read now that the bandwagon Packer trolls have gone into hibernation.
    __________________________________

    Funny how the only Viking news that’s been present since the Vikings and their bandwagon full of pigtailed cross-dressers went into hibernation back in week 4 has been:

    1) The team’s new stadium deal…or lackthereof. No one’s sure yet.

    2) The team’s coaching question marks/debacle.

    3) Whether one of their 2 quality players on the roster will ever be healthy enough to play again, better yet, even open up the season next year.

    Enjoy the nice cool and damp basement of the NFC North for the next decade….unless you get re-aligned to the NFC West.

    Now back to your tip-ups…there’s probably a fish on, and we’d hate to see you have to cough up any more of that MN state unemployment insurance money to the DNR for unattended lines in the water….and don’t eat the bait. I know you’re tempted.
    ————————————————–

    You are getting very specific with your insults….these situations come to you from experiance then I take it?

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