Ten Potential Head Coach Replacements for John Fox
6. Pat Shurmur, Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator
Pat Shurmur has been labeled a miracle worker in Minnesota this year. He has turned Case Keenum into a borderline MVP candidate with his performance this season. That’s the type of success that Ryan Pace will look at and want to see in Chicago.
Shurmur has been an NFL coach at varying levels for 20 years, including an unsuccessful two-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. While there’s nothing wrong with hiring a head coach with previous head coaching experience (see Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll), being the John Fox hire went so poorly, I have a feeling Pace is going to want to hire a first-time head coach.
If Shurmur isn’t hired as a head coach by the Bears or another team this year, he should see another chance soon. His QBs when he was in Cleveland were Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy. Nobody would expect any coach to win in that situation.
If Shurmur can make an offense work with Case Keenum, Pace would have to have confidence he could make one work with Mitch Trubisky.
Odds on being next head coach: 50 to 1