Five Possible Head Coaching Candidates for the Chicago Bears

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28: Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael of the New Orleans Saints watches from the sideline during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-14. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28: Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael of the New Orleans Saints watches from the sideline during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-14. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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It would appear as if the Chicago Bears are about to relieve current head coach John Fox of his duties. Who should replace him? Who might be the best choice?

The 2017 Chicago Bears were far from being winners.

They struggled in almost every facet of the game and showed us that they have a lot of work to do. It doesn’t appear as if that work will be accomplished under the current head coaching regime. There are big changes coming and they are necessary.

It looks like the Bears are going to let John Fox and his staff go.

But if they do let him go then who should they replace him with?

We have come up with five possible candidates for the Bears to replace Fox with in no order. These appear to be the best candidates that the Bears could choose to help keep this team moving in the right direction thus making it a winner. Something needs to be done to make this team better or the fan base will continue to lose interest and revenue will go down. More importantly, the tradition of strong Chicago teams is fast becoming a memory. We need that back.

The Bears need someone who can restore what they were and get them back into prominence.

With this, there is a little bit of thought as to why they should be considered a head coaching candidate in Chicago and why they might be a good choice.

Pat Shurmur-Offensive Coordinator-Minnesota Vikings

The Bears need someone who is going to work well with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Shurmur could be that guy. He has been a head coach before and has not been successful but it’s possible coming to the Bears may give him what he needs to be successful. The biggest question is, could the Bears pry him away from the Vikings?

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His ability to put together a strong offense is why the Bears should consider bringing him on as their next head coach. Shurmur is worth a look.

Dave Toub-Special Teams Coordinator-Kansas City Chiefs

Toub was the Bears’ special team’s coordinator under Lovie Smith and left when Smith was fired. Toub has been with the Kansas City Chiefs’ since leaving Chicago and appears poised to get some looks as a head coach this offseason. He has been a dynamic special teams coach and would bring a lot of value there. However, it’s going to take a lot more than great special teams to fix what ails the Bears.

Toub is a little bit of a longshot but if he can put a good staff together, he just might be the best choice for the Bears. He should at least get an interview for the job.

Josh McDaniels-Offensive Coordinator-New England Patriots

McDaniels is always in the conversation for head coaching jobs. The problem is, he has had one coaching job that he didn’t do that well at. That is bound to scare off some teams. It seems that the only real success McDaniels has had has been with the Patriots. Could he turn things around in Chicago? He would be a great asset to work with Trubisky, but can he do anything without Bill Belichick?

He might be worth an interview but because of his track record, I would say it might be best for the Bears to steer clear of him.

Pete Carmichael-Offensive Coordinator-New Orleans Saints

Carmichael is the offensive coordinator for one of the best offenses in the NFL. He works with star quarterback Drew Brees and helped the Saints have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL this season. Is he ready for a head coaching job? Yes. And General Manager Ryan Pace is familiar with him, so he might have an inside track. Perhaps he could be one of the top candidates the Bears look at as they search for a new coach.

Consider him a favorite.

Frank Reich-Offensive Coordinator-Philadelphia Eagles

Reich is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles and a former NFL player. The offense in Philadelphia has blossomed with his help. Carson Wentz has developed well under him and we all know how Wentz was playing before he got hurt. He’s a candidate for the NFL’s MVP award. The Bears need Trubisky to develop and Reich could help him do that.

An issue with Reich is that he doesn’t call the plays in Philadelphia, but he does have play-calling experience. He also doesn’t have as much experience as some of the other coaches on this list.

His ability to help bring Wentz along may be good enough but maybe he’s not ready for the big time just yet. But trying to get him as a coordinator might be difficult. Still, he just might make a good head coach and end up taking the Bears to the next level.

Maybe we will get a chance to find out what he can do.