Who are potential defensive coordinator candidates for the Chicago Bears?
With Chuck Pagano stepping down a much-needed change is coming to the defense. However, without much change coming at head coach and front office, it may make the list of candidates smaller than other defensive coordinator jobs. The Chicago Bears are going to be expecting results next year, and if things struggle, a defensive coordinator has to know that his future beyond one year is not quite safe.
With that in mind, the following list will be a look at realistic options and why they may fit in Chicago. This is not a wish list but rather a thought of how Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy may be viewing their defensive coordinator search. Who are 10 potential defensive coordinators for the Chicago Bears?
10. Wade Phillips
Phillips is 73 years old and currently retired. However, he has mentioned he wants to continue to coach in the NFL. Phillips was last seen with the LA Rams but won a Super Bowl with Von Miller, and the Denver Broncos.
Pros: Phillips has a long track record of improving every defense he takes over the very next year. No unit regresses under Phillips. He has changed his scheme throughout his career to meet his personnel. Also, the Chicago Bears may not be looking young and to have potential mistakes with their defensive coordinator. He also would not care if he lost his job after one year, he has nothing to lose. Phillips could be their ideal candidate.
Cons: At 73 years old, this is obviously a stopgap. While he always turns it around, it is obviously tough to keep up the consistent success he brings. Phillips would be a one or two year fix, and would leave the Bears searching soon enough.