The Chicago Bears are one of seven teams with a head coaching vacancy. The team is also one of three that needs to hire a general manager. It appears that George McCaskey and his consultant, Bill Polian, are not concerned about interviewing head coaching candidates without a general manager in place.
FanSided’s National NFL Insider, Matt Lombardo recently reached out to a handful of insiders to get a feel for which of the seven vacancies they think is the best available. The results were mixed, but one NFC coordinator believes the Chicago Bears opening is the best available. He had this to say about the opening:
“It’s the job with the best quarterback. Nothing else really matters. Chicago’s most attractive, because when you look at a situation like Jacksonville, they have Trevor Lawrence, but they need an entire culture change. Chicago still has a bit to go, but is much closer, and Justin Fields has the chance to be great if he can learn to play in the cold.”
The Chicago Bears are one of the top vacancies in the NFL
I cannot argue with that perspective. In my opinion, Lawrence and Fields were my top two prospects and I agree that the current situation in Chicago is better than in Jacksonville. This team still has some superstars on defense and young talent on offense that can be developed. The key is obviously the development of FIelds. Should Justin Fields take the next steps as I believe he will, then the Bears will be in great shape not only next season but for years after.
The NFC coordinator is not the only one who mentioned Chicago. Although he did not state that the Bears were the best job opening, former NFL Executive of the Year Jeff Diamond told Lombardo that he believes the Vikings have the best vacancy, but also mentioned the Chicago Bears as an attractive job. Diamond stated the following:
“I’m not sold on Justin Fields, but that’s also an attractive job,” Diamond says. “But, they have a really good defense, especially with Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks healthy.”
Apparently Diamond doesn’t know that Akiem Hicks is not under contract in 2022 and not likely to see a contract extension. Maybe in his mind, he thinks that the next general manager will extend Hicks. Either way, I’m not a fan of the fact he says he’s not sold on Fields, but again, I agree that this job is attractive. Minnesota and Chicago are probably the top two landing spots and both should have no problem landing a top candidate of their choice.