Bears to hire Matt Eberflus as their next head coach

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The Bears have found their next head coach.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team will hire Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. He was joined as a finalist in the search process by former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The news comes a couple of days after the Bears hired Ryan Poles as their new General Manager.

Eberflus also had a pair of interviews with the Jaguars, who appear set to make Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich their next head coach.

The Chicago job will be Eberflus’ first head coaching position. He was hired as the Colts’ defensive coordinator in 2018 when it appeared Josh McDaniels would be their head coach and remained on the staff under Frank Reich when McDaniels reneged on an agreement. The Colts made the playoffs twice with Eberflus running the defense and finished in the top 10 in points allowed in three of his four seasons.

Defense has generally been the stronger side of the ball in Chicago in recent years, so Eberflus’ offensive coordinator choice is sure to draw a lot of interest as that coach will be charged with helping to develop 2021 first-round quarterback Justin Fields in hopes of building the kind of offense that can push the team beyond the performance they attained under Eberflus’ predecessor Matt Nagy.

68 responses to “Bears to hire Matt Eberflus as their next head coach

  1. So has Josh McDaniels been effectively barred from a head-coaching job because he backed away from the Colts job after accepting or there’s just no interest in him for other reasons?

  2. In his press conference is he going to say “our number one goal is to beat Green Bay”?

  3. For all the brainless clowns – Poles picked the HC, the McCaskey’s nor Ted Phillips didn’t make the decision.

  4. Good luck Matt, I hope that this group of Ryan’s and Matt’s do better than the last group of Ryan and Matt’s

  5. Fine – whatever. But all these teams hiring first time head coaches SHOULD be thinking of giving them 5 years. Not TWO. Bears, Broncos and Jags all have something to build on, sure, but the learning curve for NFL HC is pretty enormous.

    Just like drafting a first round QB isn’t a magical savior that fixes every problem with your team, neither is a new head coach.

  6. Bears going back to their roots and going after a defensive-minded coach after the Nagy experiment disaster.

  7. Ehhh… I’ll have to trust the new GM on this one. Not having prior HC experience (translation, he’s gonna get screwed by the refs like Nagy was) and not being offensive minded feels like a double whammy to me. Better than Caldwell or Frazier though, I guess.

  8. Well, at least they picked the lesser of three evils. Perhaps if they give Green Bay four or five of their future draft picks to trade Aaron out of the division, they will have hope!

  9. For all the br@!nless cl0wns – Poles picked the HC, the McCaskey’s nor Ted Phillips didn’t make the decision.

  10. If it sounds like a snake, it’s a mistake. No coordinator should get hired as a head coach after just one good season.

  11. I didn’t see this coming. I was sure Chicago would try to go for an offensive minded coach in order to help Justin Fields in 2022. Since Poles came out of the Chiefs organization I thought Eric Bieniemy would be considered for the job…or at get least an interview. Eberflus has a nice resume. If he can get the right OC or QB coach for Fields, then things can still turn ok for the Bears next season. But, if Fields doesn’t significantly improve I foresee tough times ahead.

  12. Am I the only person who thinks it’s weird they hired another Ryan as GM and another Matt as head coach?

  13. I’m surprised teams are hiring first time head coaches, when there are quality head coaching candidates available that have positive NFL head coaching experience.

  14. In an offensive QB driven league, the Bears hire a rookie defensive head coach & a rookie GM from the QB driven Chiefs. The Bears are always swimming up stream.

  15. This guys defense couldn’t stop Trevor Lawrence and the vaunted Jags offense with the playoffs on the line. Smart.

  16. LOL!

    I honestly feel bad for Bears fans. A Millennial GM with very little to no experience (1 year of actual experience as an administrator) and a hack OC who failed miserably with his hand picked run first QB in Carson Wentz.

    What a disaster in Chicago. Rinse and repeat.

    They passed over Mac Jones and now better GM options and coaches.

  17. At least the Bears won’t have to replace the “Matt” monogrammed towels in the HC washroom.

  18. I feel bad for Bears fans. As dedicated a fan base as there is in sports and it’s like the ownership enjoys trolling them. Don’t get the decisions this franchise makes…

  19. touchback6 says:
    LOL!

    I honestly feel bad for Bears fans. A Millennial GM with very little to no experience (1 year of actual experience as an administrator) and a hack OC who failed miserably with his hand picked run first QB in Carson Wentz.

    What a disaster in Chicago. Rinse and repeat.

    They passed over Mac Jones and now better GM options and coaches.

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    Not saying that I disagree that Chicago is a dumpster fire, because it is.
    But Eberflus wasn’t the offensive coordinator in Indy.

  20. This could be a great choice. Let’s see who they hire as the OC. Doesn’t matter if the offense if run by the head coach or a good coordinator.

  21. Bears OC will be the eagles current passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo. Make it an first timers all around.

  22. Kind of an underwhelming hire. He may be great and put Chicago back on the map but hes got a tall order fixing that offense which isnt even his side of the ball. Fields is far from a sure thing. I thought Chicago would focus more in that direction.

  23. As I’ve said earlier, its because then George doesn’t want to work on remembering new first names again…..

  24. floridapackfan says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:08 am
    In his press conference is he going to say “our number one goal is to beat Green Bay”?

    You left out: We think we have a good chance because the guy who used to “own us” is gone.

  25. Great hire, actually. My favorite candidates for Texans’ job stays untouched :). Now if Giants can hire Daboll or something like that.

  26. On the bright side, the Bears are saving money on parking spot signs. Ryan can park in the “Ryan” spot, while Matt parks in the “Matt” spot. Brilliant.

  27. Just wow. Sean Dasai was a lone bright spot for the Bears and they may have found something in him as a DC. Now with a defensive minded HC entering, Dasai obviously loses some autonomy on decision making. Does he now look for other opportunities?

    Hiring the right OC / QB coach to develop Fields will be paramount. Otherwise it’s just another trash bag on the dumpster fire.

  28. This will placate all of the 85 Bears fans screaming for days of yore. Meanwhile, the Bears have a potentially top 10 QB that will likely fall to the same fate as Cutler and be forced to learn a new offensive system every year, with a revolving door of under qualified coordinators. I love Fields. I hate this organization. Ughh.

  29. Caldwell had the job until he fell asleep in his recliner watching Wheel of Fortune and misses the call.

  30. If you read up on this hire, he’s at least a pretty impressive person and a decent coordinator. How many coaches hired in the last few years (that have experienced success) have had equal limited HC experience experience — McVay, LaFleur, the 13-year old looking coach for the Chargers, etc. I wouldn’t exactly call this a disaster of a hire.

  31. jrterrier5 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:05 am

    So has Josh McDaniels been effectively barred from a head-coaching job because he backed away from the Colts job after accepting or there’s just no interest in him for other reasons?

    *********************

    Yes.

  32. Very simple modifications for the “We’re firing Ryan Pxxxx and Matt Xxxxxxxx” Press Release in a few years.
    Don’t anyone try to tell you the Bears aren’t efficient.

  33. bahoto34 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Doesn’t hurt that Eberflus is married to a McCaskey
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    youve got to be joking

  34. Can’t wait to watch Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus’ Bears sweep the Lions and and beat the Raiders at home again!

  35. Yes, the OC and OL will probably determine whether this works out or not. The team has bigger issues than HC. Shore up the line, draft some receivers, get a creative OC, and they have a good shot at wild card.

  36. Trace Armstong is the agent for Poles, Eberflus, and Justin Fields. Not really a surprise. The Bears should have just brought him (Armstrong) in as VP of football operations.

  37. Also, Eberflus’s sister has the last name McCaskey through marriage, but no relation to the Bears owners, per the team.

  38. I don’t know if Eberflus will work out or not, but saying he won’t because he is a 1st time HC or defensive coordinator doesn’t make sense.

    Sean McDermott – DC, 1st time HC. He’s done ok in Buffalo
    Sean McVay – 1st time HC. He’s done pretty good.
    Zac Taylor – 1st time HC, in the AFC Championship
    Kyle Shannahan – 1st time HC, been to a SB, now in NFC Championship game
    Matt Lafleur – 1st time HC
    Mike Vrabel – 1st HC, Defensive coordinator.

    So 6 of the 8 final teams this year are coached by 1st time HC of which 2 were defensive coordinators. Maybe we should look at other reasons this could be a bad hire, but 1st time HC and/or DC doesn’t fly.

  39. This is a terrible choice but expected from the Bears. Both the GM and the new coach have zero experience what makes the BEars think this will be any better than what they had??

  40. saying he won’t because he is a 1st time HC or defensive coordinator doesn’t make sense.

    Sean McDermott – DC, 1st time HC. He’s done ok in Buffalo
    Sean McVay – 1st time HC. He’s done pretty good.
    Zac Taylor – 1st time HC, in the AFC Championship
    Kyle Shannahan – 1st time HC, been to a SB, now in NFC Championship game
    Matt Lafleur – 1st time HC
    Mike Vrabel – 1st HC, Defensive coordinator.

    Seriously? McDermott Has done ok? I think he deserves a little more respect than that

  41. He is a four-year coordinator for a mediocre team, with a defense that ranked 16th, 11th, 16th, and eighth

  42. “Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus are terrible!”

    Making a totally wild guess and jumping to conclusions on newly hired NFL coach and GM is the epitome of insecurity.

  43. Billsfan716 – that was sarcasm. He has done great.

    Question for you – what was the reaction of Bills fans back when he was first hired? I don’t remember, but I doubt many thought he would be as good as he has been.

  44. Another Ryan and Matt with one of them having ties to KC – this is not starting out well. I am glad they passed on Bienemy though.

  45. bugbearcaptain says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:51 am
    bahoto34 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Doesn’t hurt that Eberflus is married to a McCaskey
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    youve got to be joking

    He is, Eberflus’ sister is married to a McCaskey who is not in the same family as the Bears owners.

  46. Colts are in trouble. Josh McDaniels hires were the only competent and consistent part of their staff.

  47. Dunno enough about him to say if he’s good or not, but what the hell is the plan with Justin Fields? I don’t want Lovie Smith 2.0

  48. It’s weird… almost like someone told George McCaskey several years ago that he should go all-in and get Matt Ryan, but he didn’t quite hear him clearly and just shook his head and made plans.

  49. LOL!! This guy is a McCaskey inlaw?? Seriously?? Bears will be down at least another 5 seasons, book it.

  50. They better start looking now for the next GM and HC just in case they’ll be a shortage of Ryans and Matts candidates for next time.

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