While it’s easy to say the Bears cleaned house, it’s clear they used their broom strategically.
During a press conference unfolding now (which isn’t nearly as entertaining as the 49ers’), Bears CEO Ted Phillips said they were hanging onto all their coaches now, except head coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.
Those two were fired earlier today, along with General Manager Phil Emery.
But Phillips said they’d hang onto the remaining coaches under contract, including embattled defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
That’s not nearly the same as job security for those guys, as the new coach will have a chance to decide if he wants to keep them or not. But it’s interesting to note that with only two contracts terminated today, there’s a clear sense of where the problem was deemed to lie.
The fact they want to hire a G.M. first puts those assistants in limbo for weeks.
The Bears are also hiring Ernie Accorsi to consult during the G.M. search. He helped the Panthers two years ago when they hired his old assistant Dave Gettleman, so that might be a good sign for previous suggestions such as Marc Ross.