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Teams grumbling over breadth of Bears’, Eagles’ coaching searches

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Two head-coaching jobs have been filled, and five (for now) remain vacant.  Two of the teams still looking have caused some grumbling in NFL circles over the width of their nets.

Per a league source, some teams believe the Bears and Eagles are employing the Al Davis approach to interviewing coaching candidates.  Davis was notorious for using a head-coaching vacancy as cover for bringing in assistant coaches from other teams and picking their brains, all under the guise of possibly hiring them.

In Chicago specifically, the feeling is that G.M. Phil Emery wants to get as much intelligence as possible regarding how the various candidates would fix quarterback Jay Cutler and/or a perennially porous offensive line.  At last count, the Bears’ list of candidates included Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

There are no limits on the number of interviews a team can conduct.  And if an assistant coach believes that there’s no serious interest in hiring him, he has no duty to accept the invitation to interview.

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46 Responses to “Teams grumbling over breadth of Bears’, Eagles’ coaching searches”
  1. vancouvernfl says: Jan 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    Marc Trestman needs to come to the NFL

  2. tenotnamedmiller says: Jan 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    Not all teams jump on first retread they can get to visit their facility.

  3. cobrala2 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    Complaining about Due Diligence? It must be worse than I imagined to be a fan of a sucker organization!

  4. gregm5s7 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    Only 10 so far? If Bears are looking for help on Cutler, they better keep going!

  5. patfanken says: Jan 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    Actually sound like a smart idea. My opinion of Emery just went up. That’s the GM’s job is to gather information that can help his program. Bears fans should be very happy.

  6. mazblast says: Jan 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    Perhaps I missed something, but it seems to me that Al’s “brain-picking” did not seem to have a significant positive effect on the Raiduhs’ performance, at least in his last 20 years.

    Also, if teams don’t want their people to interview for HC jobs elsewhere, they should make it worth their while to not do so. There’s no reserve clause anywhere anymore.

  7. electionconfidential says: Jan 7, 2013 4:28 PM

    Hey if one of the candidates has a good plan for fixing Cutler they should hire him. He’s a genius.

  8. bradshawlives says: Jan 7, 2013 4:29 PM

    I don’t see what the problem is here. It seems like a good idea to interview 9 or 10 people rather than hire the first guy you get enamored with. And why would other teams complain about trying to emulate Al Davis considering how the Raiders have done the last 10 years?

  9. wallykarue says: Jan 7, 2013 4:30 PM

    It’s Emery’s first attempt at hiring a head coach. Give the guy all the time/options he needs because he know’s that his legacy is likely hitched to the coach he eventually selects.

  10. gammynomnom says: Jan 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    If they want to fix Cutler,better hire Dr Phil.

  11. Gordon says: Jan 7, 2013 4:37 PM

    He looks like Maxwell Smart in that picture. Lets hope he’s smarter but just as lucky.

  12. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 4:39 PM

    I can tell Emery how to help (not ‘fix’) Jay Cutler…Get him a TE who can catch, receivers who don’t keep dropping easy TD passes, and an o-line that can pass-protect. Problem solved.

  13. greysolon says: Jan 7, 2013 4:40 PM

    Yeah, I heard the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pretty upset.

  14. usg1 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:41 PM

    LOL, Eagles were trying to get Chip Kelly after interviewing only 3 people before (2 from the same team, and 1 college coach)…… Yeah, they are really trying gather intelligence on teams. Hell, they only interviewed 1 more coach from an NFL team, so 2 teams. SMH

  15. drewzducks says: Jan 7, 2013 4:41 PM

    Does the interview of an Alouettes coach satisfy the Rooney Rule requirement ?

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 7, 2013 4:44 PM

    Gosh where do I sign up to get on that list? I’d love just one hour to explain what I’d do with the offense and ask them if any of those other guys have a better plan than me. If any of these other guys had it figured out, they probably would have been hired by now. The best man is still out there and Chicago is doing the right thing to keep looking until they stumble on the right guy who has a plan that makes sense.

  17. akismet-b10add2fb457fef24ddc6cd2cbc3c80c says: Jan 7, 2013 4:44 PM

    The way the search is being conducted is completely consistent with Phil Emery’s personality and work ethic. I doubt very much that there are ulterior motives.

    Were there any sources for this information?

  18. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 4:45 PM

    Oh, and find an offensive coordinator who is competent enough to last more than a year or two.

  19. jjb0811 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:45 PM

    You don’t tell other companies how to go about hiring/firing their own staff.

  20. bearskoolaid1985 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:46 PM

    Emery’s no different then any hiring managers in the job market today they look at 30 or more for just one job. So why should coaching hiring be any different.

  21. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 4:49 PM

    One last thing…Why, for crying out loud, is it any other team’s business how many coaches the Bears and Eagles interview? They can only hire one, regardless.

  22. nesuperfan says: Jan 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    I liken this to how fast the Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine after Tito left. I thought, “what is the rush”? Sure enough, they hired the wrong guy.
    It makes all the sense in the world to interview many candidates, and then, only when you are sure, hire one.

  23. metalhead65 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:04 PM

    the way to fix Jay Cutler is to give him a offensive line and a coach who believes offense is part of the game and knows how to call plays. I would love to see any of the “elite” qb’s play 1 game behind the line Cutler has had to work with and in the offense he has had to play in since he came to the bears and see what their numbers would look like if they made it thru the game.

  24. iowahbr says: Jan 7, 2013 5:04 PM

    Bears fan should be scared as what has Emery been doing all year to begin with. Although I was no great Lovie fan to fire him and then have it appear that you don’t have a clue who you want just adds to the typical “Bears aren’t sure about anything beyond Jan 14, 2013″ syndrome. Why is Emery the Bears GM to begin with? God save us from on the job training days.

  25. vinegarstrks says: Jan 7, 2013 5:04 PM

    So they’re interviewing the special teams coaches from Dallas and Atlanta to get ideas how to fix Cutler?

  26. kcflake says: Jan 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    Smart Business if you ask me. Hey Phil, Lovie Smith is a better Head Coach than every one of the names listed in this article.

  27. iowahbr says: Jan 7, 2013 5:12 PM

    All these silly rules about needing permission to talk to competitiors employees seems like an antitrust violation to reduce the ability of coaches to move from team to team without prior appraval. If Ford, GM, and Toyota tried the same thing the feds would be all over them in a minute.

  28. moeman79 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:16 PM

    I had no idea who Marc Trestman was before this coaching search, at first i laughed at the Bear looking at some CFL guy. After some research this guy looks like he could be a good coach, now in my top 3 Mccoy, Arians, Trestman.

  29. azarkhan says: Jan 7, 2013 5:20 PM

    If Emery wants to “fix” Cutler, I suggest he hire a psychiatrist, not a coach.

  30. flyeaglefly says: Jan 7, 2013 5:22 PM

    picking their brains?
    what do you suppose Chip Kelly told the Eagles in 9 hours of interviewing on Saturday about fixing that 31st ranked defense…oh that’s right, he doesn’t know anything about defense…
    and there in lies your problem Jeff and Howie…
    you don’t know the answers because you’re asking the wrong questions to the wrong guys…
    WAKE UP!!!

  31. madman731 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:26 PM

    Its one thing to interview a handful of people who might be qualified to be your team’s head coach (if you are the GM). Its completely another to even consider a guy from the CFL (which was hilarious to me). Striking a healthy balance is always a good thing.

  32. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 7, 2013 5:36 PM

    Uncle Al still lives on…..

  33. kelmcc says: Jan 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Why is nobody talking to June Jones????

    He’s got the only relevant sample set in the years he spent counseling/coaching Jeff George!

  34. teal379 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:03 PM

    metalhead65 says:
    Jan 7, 2013 5:04 PM
    the way to fix Jay Cutler is to give him a offensive line and a coach who believes offense is part of the game and knows how to call plays. I would love to see any of the “elite” qb’s play 1 game behind the line Cutler has had to work with and in the offense he has had to play in since he came to the bears and see what their numbers would look like if they made it thru the game.

    There’s a league MVP and Superbowl MVP playing this weekend with a line that’s given up more sacks than Jay’s. That guy has no 1000 yard rusher (5 different RBs), not a single 1000 yard receiver and a mediocre at best defense – yet he’s still playing. Some consider him “elite” – he could play behind that line.

    Is Chicago’s line good/great? Nope but lets not ignore the culpability of Jay Cutler here. His ceiling isn’t as high as some would like to believe and some of the line issues are due to Cutler’s play as well.

  35. chi01town says: Jan 7, 2013 6:16 PM

    Emery is in his 1st season with a 10/6 record and NO playoffs. Now he needs a coach so yea hes going to take his time to find the BEST coach he can. the NFL stands for Not For Long. if he dont WIN he will be looking for a job NEXT. Greg Roman.. Pete Carmichael Jr. ..Mike McCoy

  36. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 7:20 PM

    @teal376:

    Sure, Rodgers could play behind the Bears’ o-line, but I’d say he’s the only ‘elite’ QB who’d have any success, unless you saddle him with Mike Tice and Jermichael Finley instead of Tom Clements and Kellen Davis.

    Or, let me put it another way…Give me Cutler, Marshall, Jeffery, and Forte, plus GB’s current o-line and Finley, with Clements calling the plays…You get Rodgers and the rest of the play-makers he has, plus Davis and the Bears o-line, with Tice calling the plays for GB…Neither QB is allowed to audible…Which offense would perform better from week-to-week? (Keeping in mind also, we have Gould over Crosby for FGs.)

  37. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 7:24 PM

    Oops, I switched Davis and Finley in the first paragraph.

  38. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 7:29 PM

    @teal376:

    Sure, Rodgers could play behind the Bears’ o-line, but I’d say he’s the only ‘elite’ QB who’d have any success, unless you saddle him with Mike Tice and Kellen Davis instead of Tom Clements and Jermichael Finley.

    Or, let me put it another way…Give me Cutler, Marshall, Jeffery, and Forte, plus GB’s current o-line and Finley, with Clements calling the plays…You get Rodgers and the rest of the play-makers he has, plus Davis and the Bears o-line, with Tice calling the plays for GB…Neither QB is allowed to audible…Which offense would perform better from week-to-week? (Keeping in mind also, we have Gould over Crosby for FGs.)

  39. cadillacjosh says: Jan 7, 2013 7:37 PM

    i think anyone would be outright foolish to say that Aaron Rodgers is having a harder time in GB than Cutler is in Chicago. Maybe Aaron got sacked more, but I bet if they switched outright, the ‘elite’ title would switch as well. GB had Driver unactive for that last game, he’d be Chicago’s number 2!

  40. larryboodry says: Jan 7, 2013 7:49 PM

    cadillacjosh says: Jan 7, 2013 7:37 PM

    “i think anyone would be outright foolish to say that Aaron Rodgers is having a harder time in GB than Cutler is in Chicago. Maybe Aaron got sacked more, but I bet if they switched outright, the ‘elite’ title would switch as well. GB had Driver unactive for that last game, he’d be Chicago’s number 2!”

    My point exactly!

  41. eaststsfb says: Jan 7, 2013 8:25 PM

    Cadillac and Larry, you guys are silly to suggest that the words ‘elite’ and ‘Cutler’ would ever find themselves in the same sentence unless that sentence also contains the words ‘will never be’. Have fun coming up with more fantastic scenarios that we all can enjoy.

  42. bordner says: Jan 7, 2013 8:34 PM

    This is the bears we’re talking, right? I think you’re giving them too much credit. The organization isn’t clever enough to think of something like that.

  43. rfk7802 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    Should have kept Lovie and fired Tice along with cutting the entire offensive line. The team already respected and responded to the head coach, on both sides of the ball. Just needed a good offensive coordinator and a tight end that can catch.

  44. bigdevil830 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:45 AM

    I have been worried that Howie Roseman is in way over his head. It’s looking more and more like that may be the case.

  45. tatatoothy says: Jan 8, 2013 10:11 AM

    Is that Emery in that photo? Looks a lot like Doc Brown!

  46. larryboodry says: Jan 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    eaststsfb says: Jan 7, 2013 8:25 PM

    “Cadillac and Larry, you guys are silly to suggest that the words ‘elite’ and ‘Cutler’ would ever find themselves in the same sentence unless that sentence also contains the words ‘will never be’. Have fun coming up with more fantastic scenarios that we all can enjoy.”

    Better yet, why don’t you answer my question, and explaian your viewpoint with an intelligent scenario of your own?

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