As expected, Phil Emery and the Bears are moving forward with the second round of interviews by inviting Montreal Alouttes head coach Marc Trestman, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians to Halas Hall to meet the higher ups. The interview process is expected to come to an end this week when the Bears will likely name a their 14th head coach in franchise history.
Ian Rappaport is reporting that Trestman spent the day on Monday at Halas Hall visiting with Bears brass.
Source: Alouettes coach Marc Trestman spent all day today at Halas Hall speaking with #Bears people again.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2013
Meanwhile, Darrell Bevell is expected back at Halas Hall after what’s been called an “impressive interview” on Saturday before his Seahawks dropped their Divisional Round playoff game to the Atlanta Falcons in dramatic fashion.
Sean Jensen first reported that Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce
Arians would be the third finalist coming to Halas Hall. It was first reported that he would be going to Philadelphia on Tuesday, but that was incorrect. Reports on Monday suggested that Arians might favor the San Diego job, where he might follow former Colts front office man, new GM Tom Telesco.
No big surprises with at least two of the candidates, as I expected Arians and Trestman to be among the top choices, but Bevell is a bit of a surprise. I’ll have to do a bit more digging on him. Most scribes believe that Trestman is the favorite to land the job, but both Arians and Bevell have impressive resumes. Either way, it looks like the lengthy coaching search is coming to an close. Stay tuned to Bear Goggles On for all the last on the Bears coaching search.