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Bears’ coaching search adds 13th candidate

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OK, so now it looks like Phil Emery is just showing off.

Emery has expanded the list of known candidates to coach the Bears to a lucky (or, depending on the final decision, unlucky) 13.

The latest, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, is Bears special-teams coordinator Dave Toub.

Toub joins Vikings linebackers coach (and Hall of Fame Bears linebacker) Mike Singletary as the latest candidates to replace Lovie Smith.

Other candidates include 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, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer.

Some within the league have been grumbling about the breadth of Emery’s search, suspecting that he’s simply trying to pick brains, Al Davis-style.

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  1. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 8, 2013 10:05 AM

    They had a great coach who just had a 10 win season.

  2. 13forgbp says: Jan 8, 2013 10:06 AM

    I speak for all Packer fans when I say please, please, please hire Bevell. The guy is a joke of a coach.

  3. woodg8 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:06 AM

    Interview Tebow next

  4. otis52gsh says: Jan 8, 2013 10:09 AM

    Sounds to me like this guy has no clue what he wants, and the prospects are going to have to sell themselves. Great leadership skills shining through. OMG!!

  5. mustbechris says: Jan 8, 2013 10:13 AM

    At this point, maybe he’ll interview Lovie Smith.

  6. scoops1 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    Rick Kotite is on line 2

  7. peppylapeu says: Jan 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    Or is he exposing the fact that there really isn’t anything great out there..Bevell ? Singletary ? Move along… Next RG3 story please…….

  8. captainslapnuts says: Jan 8, 2013 10:15 AM

    These veiled shots at the Bears are ridiculous. They cannot hire a coach still in the playoffs. Clearly, they seem to be targeting one. This is a 10 win team that has a 1980’s offense. Every offensive mind who is worth talking to, should be. Should they just stop interviews because they may have found someone, but want to be sure? The next head coach has to either deal with Cutler and Marshall or have another strategy in place. There are many angles to go on this. For Emery, this is his first hire and an important hire, for the players, organization, and fans.

  9. tndiver says: Jan 8, 2013 10:15 AM

    It looks like they are starting to second guess their decision to fire Lovie. Either that or they are way to picky!

  10. marvsleezy says: Jan 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Dont interview Bruce Arians – HIRE HIM. Never look back.

  11. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 8, 2013 10:17 AM

    Do you ever see the Steelers going through this type of organizational disorder? No! That’s why we are the standard.

  12. elliottcovert says: Jan 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    I think Emery must be picking thier brains — if he was really this indecisive about hiring a new head coach, he probably would have stuck with the coach who won ten games this year.

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    Mike Singletary with Norv Turner as OC or Cam Cameron = Winning.

  14. jefffisherwrites says: Jan 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, he’s interviewing guys for assistant positions. Perhaps the guys who his top HC candidates have identified as someone they’d bring with them.

  15. howiehandles says: Jan 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    “They had a great coach who just had a 10 win season”

    Great don’t win 3 playoff games, 2 in the same season, in 9 years.

    “Sounds to me like this guy has no clue what he wants, and the prospects are going to have to sell themselves. Great leadership skills shining through. OMG!!”

    Sounds more like he’s being thorough, and also using the input from these candidates to further evaluate the team, and pimp them for info. Sounds pretty smart to me. It’s not as though he has a game next week.

  16. nygdriveforfive says: Jan 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    Emery is being smart. Getting as many opinions about his franchise as possible. No harm in listening to what others think will work.

  17. steelerben says: Jan 8, 2013 10:26 AM

    Why not interview as many people as possible before determining who to bring in as your new Head Coach. Even if there is someone out there that you are interested in, you should do some due diligence. You might just discover that the guy you want running your organization was someone you tacked on at the end of your list to contrast with your initial gut pick.

  18. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Jan 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    Mike Priefer? Allllrighty then….

  19. u2krazie says: Jan 8, 2013 10:29 AM

    You got a case of decision paralysis. In the end, the choice that you pick will always be your worst choice.
    Signed, Dr. Phil

  20. evoxy says: Jan 8, 2013 10:30 AM

    @otis – I think you’re mistaking diligence for confusion. I’m glad he’s interviewing many people. Also, this interview is not evidence of your statement, this interview was going to happen at some point purely out of respect for Toub.

    @Beezo – Yeah, a ten win season after beginning 7-1, which means two consecutive year-end collapses. And several years of awful offense and getting beaten by teams above .500.

  21. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 8, 2013 10:33 AM

    I like it! If he is upsetting the rest of the league he is doing something smart then. I’m confident he has a much smaller list of REAL candidates.

  22. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 8, 2013 10:35 AM

    Hopefully with Toub he gets a feel if he would be interested in staying on if he doesn’t get the job

  23. johnnyhambone says: Jan 8, 2013 10:36 AM

    Lets add Dennis Green former coach of vikings and cardinals to the list. Dennis knows who the bears are! Green is better than those 13 mentioned.

  24. easyrider1903 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:36 AM

    Josh McDaniels reunited with Cutler … that’ll give that offense a jumpstart!!

  25. jemeehan318 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    Dear God, please not Singletary.

  26. soytureyna says: Jan 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    I can fix their problems.

    Hire Lovie back, and then fire Jay Cutler.

  27. commonsensedude says: Jan 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    Bears’ coaching search adds 13th candidate? Let me guess … Lovie Smith!

  28. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    Isn’t this guy a split image of lovie smith the bears need a offensive coach.

  29. rextraordinaire says: Jan 8, 2013 10:41 AM

    Mike Singletary? Sounds to me like a Rooney Rule formality. Itll be less like an interview and more like a pleasant lunch.

  30. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    Could Gruden come in and take this team somewhere like he did in Tampa?

  31. trojanwarrior007 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:46 AM

    it’s obvious they need an offensive guy to reign in Cutler or ship him out.

  32. 2difshoe says: Jan 8, 2013 10:46 AM

    Emery is saturating and immersing himself with football philosophy from a great number of football minds. Never a thing wrong with that. At the same time, he is learning how other head coaching canidates, that find employment elsewhere will conduct and lead there teams. This will only help for the new head coach in Chicago to prep for their opponents. If only Angelo had the foresight to use the same approach maybe he would still be in Chicago and the Bears may have won a Superbowl during his tenure.

    I know I speak for many Chicago fans when I say leave no stone unturned. This is soley Emery decission, he seems wise enough to make the correct one, and as a fan of Chicago, let’s hope so.

  33. thehungariancrippler says: Jan 8, 2013 10:52 AM

    Perhaps he’s incompetent and doesn’t really have a plan. At this rate…he’s going to interview a recently fired coach who took his team to the Super Bowl…Lovie Smith already coached the Bears?…nevermind

  34. greyhawk9 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    That is obviously not the case. Coaches evolve over their careers

  35. greyhawk9 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:00 AM

    The bears obviously had no plans whatsoever about what the hell to do after firing Smith….. I smell a brewing dumpster fire. The bears appear to be a declining team with no direction

  36. jimmysee says: Jan 8, 2013 11:01 AM

    Actually, the coaching search just added a 14th candidate — Phil Emery just called me.


  37. tpa43 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:05 AM

    Lovie Smith is better than all of them.

  38. omegalh says: Jan 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    I pray its singletary. It’ll take some focus off the Jets.

  39. ill42 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    Once Denver’s playoff run is over, Mike McCoy will be announced as the next head coach of the Chicago Bears

  40. jaysay3178 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    Maybe they are waiting for Josh McDaniels! Oh wait….

  41. bengalsucker says: Jan 8, 2013 11:21 AM

    Hey why not add Jay Gruden to the mix? We Bengal fans wouldn’t be upset at all!

  42. purpleguy says: Jan 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    Word has it Emery is looking at ways to resurrect Papa Bear Halas and Vince Lombardi for interviews to reach 15 interviewees.

  43. upperdecker19 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    Juan Castillo next?

  44. dscol715 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:38 AM

    He’s clearly just waiting for someone who is still coaching in the playoffs. If not he would have already hired someone since there are other openings and he might lose him. Since you can’t do anything until your coach is in place anyway might as well hire a bunch of people every day.

  45. sfkforever says: Jan 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    regardless…this is going to be a major disappointment

  46. bearsfan4life says: Jan 8, 2013 11:50 AM

    Who are these people clamoring for Lovie? How many games did you actually watch?

    Packers (x2), Texans, 49ers, Vikings, Seahawks. All playoff teams that the Bears lost to.

    The Bears last playoff victory was against a team that was 7-9.

    If the Bears offense could have done anything in any of those games, the story might be different.

    Lovie had 9 (NINE!!!) years to fix the offense and the best he could muster was a 15th ranked offense*

    Every other year the bears were in the 20s on offense with some 30s sprinkled in for a twist.

    *- Grossman had a single good month in 2006 where he was player of the month. The Cardinals game is where the offense completely unraveled.

  47. wludford says: Jan 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    My guess is he’s waiting for the Packers offensive coordinator- someone who knows the division and is used to working with a second-rate offensive line.

  48. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    Let’s not forget Nancy Pelosi as a candidate. She knows how to spend other folks money for the right reasons and would smash the NFL coaches glass ceiling.

  49. bornboxed says: Jan 8, 2013 12:01 PM

    Non of them will be as good of a fit as Lovie Smith.

    Terrible move firing him.

  50. Canned Heat says: Jan 8, 2013 12:01 PM

    Makes sense to run thru the list and weigh every coach’s future plans for the team and ideas….I don’t fault that.

    I’d take Emery’s lengthy list with a slight bit of reservation though….having a special teams coach in the mix from 2 different organizations is laughable….especially one of them being a coach you just whacked. Having Joe DeCamillus as the other one is pure insanity. Find me a reputable and knowledgeable assistant that would come to work for one of these 2 special teams donkeys.

    How about Bears take Capers from Green Bay and Green Bay takes Lovie as DC? I seriously hope Iron Mike comes home….and wets the bed and starts fights with his own team at Soldier. You think the fans booed alot to end this season….

  51. niubears says: Jan 8, 2013 12:08 PM

    My pee wee team I coached was undefeated. Am I qualified to coach the Bears?

    Hire Arians, Clements or McCoy. Then life will be good in Chicago. I think Emery is just a little bored at the moment since he hasn’t been able to interview his top guys yet.
    Gotta entertain himself somehow, and that’s why Singeltary is getting an interview.

  52. vikefan says: Jan 8, 2013 12:15 PM

    give chilly in cleveland a call, i hear he has a kick ass offense, rest of the NFC North would love the hire……

    Priefer, i hope to heck Frazier dont let him go, best special teams play we have had in 10 years here.

  53. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    the real issue is that the last 2 year’s late season Bears fade is what signed Lovie’s pink slip. He just doesn’t now how to hire the right level just below him in the coaching ranks.

  54. countduku says: Jan 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    Add all 13 up and you still don’t come close to Lovie Smith. Lovie took to the Bears to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his QB. In Europe, he would have been knighted for less.

  55. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    Are any of these teams ever going to actually hire anyone? A week and a half and all we got is Reid and Marrone?


  56. greysolon says: Jan 8, 2013 12:23 PM

    Who cares what the rest of the league says about it?Do whatever it takes to find the right guy– The goal is to make your team better, not avoid grumbling from other teams who want you to do worse.

  57. punkyqb says: Jan 8, 2013 12:29 PM

    What should Emery do, hire the first coach to come along like KC did?

  58. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    They should have kept Smith and forced him to hire Norv Turner as OC. Smith never would have had to worry about offense again.

    Well, at least not for 2-3 years when some team forgets what a terrible HC Turner is and gives him another job based upon his turning the Bears’ offense around and turning Cutler in a perennial Pro-Bowler.

  59. ninerfan94954 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    Mike Singletary is one of the greatest football players of all time and from all accounts a great human being. However, as a head coach in the NFL he is clearly in over his head. His tenure in San Francisco was very disappointing, perhaps in college paired with a strong staff he would be effective but not the NFL.

  60. johngaltwho says: Jan 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    The Bears next head coach is right there on the sideline – Brian Urlacher.

  61. larryboodry says: Jan 8, 2013 1:22 PM

    soytureyna says: Jan 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    “I can fix their problems.

    Hire Lovie back, and then fire Jay Cutler.”

    Uh-huh…Cutler and his 29-13 record in his last 42 starts is what saved Lovie from getting canned sooner.

  62. larryboodry says: Jan 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    Of the 13 guys mentioned, I hope most of them fade from contention, much like the Bears did under Lovie the last two years…McCoy, Arians, Clements, and Toub make a good short list, with possibly Kyle Shanahan thrown in.

  63. docsweeney says: Jan 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    Emery should be praised for his search. Not just focus on one or two guys. Collecting information from multiple people. Getting many perspectives. Offering opportunities to guys who may be the “next thing”.

    Singletary? That’s just being nice to the McCaskey family and offering him a chance to interview when Lovie was too afraid to have him around (that’s why Chico got the door after 06). Clements? Good mind but 0 personality. We just had that. The final pick will be among McCoy, Arians, Trestman, and Carmicheal.

  64. 88ibis says: Jan 8, 2013 1:37 PM

    If I’m looking to hire a top tier executive to maybe the biggest role in the company, and I’m hoping they will last in the job for a decade…Yes, I’m interviewing a bunch of people, second third and forth interviewing, doing tons of reference checks, not to mention background checks.

    I think the bigger story is when teams move so fast they do no homework at all.

  65. Canned Heat says: Jan 8, 2013 1:47 PM

    88ibis says:Jan 8, 2013 1:37 PM

    “I think the bigger story is when teams move so fast they do no homework at all.”



    See KC Chiefs….derailing from a train track near you next fall.

  66. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    Everyone ignores the issue of what Emery been doing for the last 120 days. If Lovie was fired just because the Vikings beat the Packers 2 weeks ago shame on the Bears. The o-line issues, the OC issues and the lack of a reliable offensive approach have been 3 year or more issues, not just problems in the last 45 days.

    The simple idea is to do your homework well before it must be handed in.

  67. nesby2 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    Ok.. I honestly think that Emery has already chosen his coach who is still in the playoffs & with all these interviews I’m thinking that he is putting the staff together for the new coach in which the new HC requested. Why else would this be a wide variety of coaches from every phase of football?..

  68. craigkintexas says: Jan 8, 2013 2:00 PM

    I believe the coach Emry wants to lead the Bears is still in the playoff picture. Someone once said “stick with the winners”.

  69. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2013 2:12 PM

    the new coach ought to be the one to hire the new assistant coaches. We just went through 9 years of the last guy not knowing how to get that done.

  70. chi01town says: Jan 8, 2013 2:39 PM

    Again… the Coach Emery wants is in
    the playoffs. Greg Roman in San Francisco is his man. and he also wants to talk to Mike McCoy in Denver. the other interviews are to keep his ear to the ground in case he cant get who he wants. Then he can choose from the Best of the rest. Chicago STILL has the best coaching job of the teams with vacancies and Emery will get them the best coach.

  71. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 8, 2013 2:40 PM

    Where is chi01town?

    I’d like to know where she stands on this topic.

  72. dolphins4 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    The Bears ought to hire Gus Bradley the defensive coordinator from the Seahawks to be their head coach.

  73. travel4football says: Jan 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    The Bears should hire Ray Lewis or Marc Trestman as their new HC. Everything else is a waste of time.

  74. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    to chi101town

    why is Chicago such a great coaching job? Tight- fisted owners, very demanding fans with an aging team on defense.

  75. higgy5353 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    All you people that don’t follow the Bears have no ideal what you are talking about, so shut your mouth

  76. joeyg88 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    bring back Ditka haha

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