Report: George Edwards to interview with Bears

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The Bears have added another Vikings coordinator to their list of head coaching candidates.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Bears will interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards in Minnesota this week. They have already scheduled an interview with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for Friday, so they will likely be scheduling with both men during the same visit.

Edwards was on the NFL Career Development Advisory Panel’s list of recommended candidates for head coaching vacancies for the second straight year. He joined the Vikings in 2014 when Mike Zimmer became the head coach in Minnesota and has worked with Zimmer, who makes the defensive calls, to put together a unit that finished first in points and yards allowed this season.

Edwards’s defensive background is an outlier on the list of coaches the Bears have shown interest in since firing John Fox. Shurmur joins Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Patriots offensive coordinator and Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as those who work on the other side of the ball.

24 responses to “Report: George Edwards to interview with Bears

  1. Who is George Edwards?

    These owners are so greedy and lazy, they are just arbitrarily selecting interviewees after so many firings due to other poor hires in recent years.

    The NFL severely lacks quality, young coaching.

  2. This feels like a Rooney Rule checkbox. It would be foolish to go defense again with a HC when they have gone on record saying it will be all about Trubisky’s development going forward. Not to mention the Bears already have a pretty decent DC in-house with Vic Fangio.

  3. The Rooney Rule is such a sham. Just interview the best candidates based on qualifications and successes rather than the color of their skin. I’m not saying Edwards is not qualified but look at the list of the Bears interview candidates and tell me he is not fulfilling the Rooney Rule?

  4. tylawspick6 says:

    Who is George Edwards?
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    We’ll, he is the DC for the top rated defense in the NFL….

    Yes, Zimmer is the mastermind, but working with Zimmer is a good thing.

    Success leads to opportunity.

    That said, I hope he stays.

  5. This is showing that the Rooney Rule works. It’s meant to open opportunities.

    That said, IO do think this is where Shurmur will land. And it would be a good gig for him. There’s upside to the Bears with a promising QB there.

  6. If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.

    Instead of requiring teams to interview Minority Candidates for high-level Coaching positions, why not partner with the NCAA and create a Professional Development program? Teach these young men and women how to become successful in the NFL and then help them land with a team when they are young, giving them chance to climb the ranks. Give these candidate the tools they need to EARN a position and have a little faith that these owners will hire the best possible candidate.

    Nepotism is very real in the NFL and MANY, MANY positions are unduly given to family members of the Owners, Coaches and Execs. These lower-level spots that are currently reserved for friends and family, could become the new spots for Professional Development candidates. That could become the new Rooney Rule and it allow many Minority candidates the ability to get their foot in the door and climb the ladder

  7. I want the Bears to get the most out of Trubisky, but if they interview him and he’s the best candidate then I’m fine with that. A defensive head coach doesn’t automatically equal a bad offense

  8. It will be tough for him to overcome the Zimmer’s bobo stigma, not to mention that fact that I thought the Bears were looking for an offensive-minded HC.

    The thing about the Rooney Rule is that it is not really the answer — the real answer is to give minorities the opportunity to get into the NFL old boys club in the first place by starting at lower level coaching positions. The NFL should strengthen that program so there is a larger hiring pool in the first place.

  9. gtodriver says:
    January 3, 2018 at 10:50 am
    tylawspick6 says:

    Who is George Edwards?
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    We’ll, he is the DC for the top rated defense in the NFL….

    Yes, Zimmer is the mastermind, but working with Zimmer is a good thing.

    Success leads to opportunity.

    That said, I hope he stays.

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    Dude, it’s Zimmer’s D. And, I am not sure Zimmer “masterminded” anything. He did a good job with Cincy, but Mike Brown also had some nice drafts since 2010 leading into Zimmer’s success, as has Spielman at this point, minus Shariff Floyd, who sucks.

  10. mantastic54 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:19 am
    I want the Bears to get the most out of Trubisky, but if they interview him and he’s the best candidate then I’m fine with that. A defensive head coach doesn’t automatically equal a bad offense

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    If that’s what you’re looking for, clearly McDaniels is the Bears best investment for Trubisky.

    Then again, moron Ryan Pace, never even bid on JimmyG, which means Ryan Pace might be dumb.

  11. My question is, how much of the Vikings defensive success is due to their ridiculous amount of talent? Multiple Pro Bowl caliber players on DL, at LB and in the D-backfield. That’s not even close to the situation the Bears have currently, nor many other teams in the league for that matter.

  12. Rooney Rule for sure, Zimmer is the real mind behind the historic Vikings defense. I’m sure Edwards has learned some tricks, but tbh if I were a bears fan, I’d be more interested in keeping Vic Fangio around.

  13. bassplucker says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:53 am
    My question is, how much of the Vikings defensive success is due to their ridiculous amount of talent? Multiple Pro Bowl caliber players on DL, at LB and in the D-backfield. That’s not even close to the situation the Bears have currently, nor many other teams in the league for that matter.

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    Sure, but there was also considerable development. This can be seen especially with Rhodes and Waynes. They both were struggling in their first two years.

  14. abcisezas123 says:

    This is showing that the Rooney Rule works. It’s meant to open opportunities.
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    It only opens opportunities for black guys. It gives them an advantage white coaches do not enjoy. Which makes it a racist rule.

  15. Hope the teams he interviews with are as dumb as the comments above. He’s a great defensive coordinator and don’t want the Vikings to lose him. Called a great game last year vs Dallas when Zimmer was out with his eye problems and Zimmer has indicated Edwards would get to call the defensive plays next year…

  16. Michael E says:
    January 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    abcisezas123 says:

    This is showing that the Rooney Rule works. It’s meant to open opportunities.
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    It only opens opportunities for black guys. It gives them an advantage white coaches do not enjoy. Which makes it a racist rule.
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    Which is a shame, because white coaches have struggled so mightily to find good jobs in the NFL for so long.

  17. This is why you need a Rooney Rule. Because when a black assistant coach is interviewed the mindset expressed here assumes they are not qualified and only interviewed for compliance purposes. When a white coordinator is interviewed everyone assumes he’s qualified. It’s called a racist mindset.

  18. To those saying that a George Edwards interview is about satisfying the Rooney Rule must not have saw announcement MONDAY that the Bears had sought permission from Carolina to interview Steven Wilks. He’s one of the hottest HC/DC candidates this year AND would satisfy the Rooney Rule.

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