Ted Monachino Ι Outside Linebackers Coach for the Chicago Bears
The final coach I could see the Chicago Bears looking to replace would be Ted Monachino. Monachino is both the senior defensive assistant and the outside linebackers coach. Although many assistant coaches get blamed for things outside of their control, schemes, for example, it is tough to imagine an outside linebackers coach not seeing scrutiny when the likes of Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn cannot dominate sack totals.
Monachino came to Chicago Bears with Chuck Pagano in 2019. Unless the Bears promote internally, there is a good chance many of the defensive assistant coaches could be shown the door as a new defensive coordinator may want to bring in many of his own staff. When you oversee a unit with prolific names such as Mack and Quinn, certain expectations are given. Mack has seen his two lowest sack totals the last two years and Quinn was non-existent in 2020.
Now, this could very well be due to Pagano’s scheme. However, I expect positional coaches to both be able to help convince their superior to make changes when things are not working, or at the very least help develop the non-established stars. Leonard Floyd was run out of town for not being able to get to the quarterback, yet he did just that with the Rams this season. Not one other outside linebacker stands out to me as positively developing the last two years and that’s on Monachino.
Last season we saw some turnover on the offensive coaching staff. They were basically scapegoats. Now that Chuck Pagano has retired, there will likely be some drastic turnover on the defensive side this time. Will the Bears promote from within or look at outside sources to fill the defensive coordinator role? Only time will tell, but I am on record for wanting the promotion to go to Jay Rodgers.