Chicago Bears Head Coach Making the case: Teryl Austin
Who will be the Chicago Bears head coach in 2018?
The Chicago Bears are a day or so away from moving on from John Fox. It is unclear who they will look to replace him, but they will explore their options. Over the coming weeks, we will look into candidates being tossed around for coaching jobs and make the case for, and against their chances of being the Chicago Bears new head coach. This edition will be Teryl Austin
Austin has been a defensive coordinator for the Lions for a little over three seasons now. He has not put up gaudy numbers with the defense, but he has turned less than stellar talent into usable talent. Nevin Lawson, Anthony Zettel, Tahir Whitehead, DeAndre Levy, and Glover Quin are examples of him getting the most out of players. Having a tough-minded head coach who schemes well and plays to his player’s advantages is a great start in finding a head coach.
Austin runs a 4-3 in Detroit. That is not a major issue for Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks. Austin can get the most out of those. The question with Austin is what does he do with Leonard Floyd? Floyd being able to drop into coverage is one of the bigger positives to his game. In a typical 4-3, this would be taken away from him a lot. Or does he move him off of the ball in a SAM or LEO role?
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On top of that, he needs a big plan for an offensive coordinator. That is the biggest question coming with this job is how can you make the most of Mitchell Trubisky? Austin, a defense-first coach needs a significant plan to wow over Ryan Pace. It is unlikely the Bears make this move to not only change defensive scheme but do it without a firm plan in place for Trubisky.