5 coaches responsible for Matt Eberflus rise to Chicago Bears head coach
The Chicago Bears hired Matt Eberflus as their head coach. One of the positives from Eberflus is that while he is a first-time head coach, he is an experienced coach, and has bounced around from multiple coaching staffs and regimes. This is not Matt Nagy where all he knows is Andy Reid and to a lesser extent Doug Pederson.
Matt Eberflus has bounced from the Browns to the Cowboys, and then to the Colts, but even started as a college coach at both Toledo and Missouri. Along the way, these five coaches molded him into what he is.
5. Gary Pinkel
A fun fact about Eberflus is that Nick Saban recruited him to Toldeo. However, after one year Saban moved on, and Gary Pinkel was hired. After Eberflus graduated, he jump right on the coaching staff with Pinkel and was off from there.
Gary Pinkel was the Missouri head coach from 2001-15. Eberflush was with him from 01-08. The Missouri teams in 2007 and 2008 were still the two highest-ranked Missouri teams by the AP.
That two-year run got Eberflus the call into the NFL as a hot, up-and-coming head coach. It all started with 17 years of learning under and playing under Gary Pinkel. It is worth noting that Pinkel is his first mentor because Pinkel has always been an offensive head coach, and went from tight ends to OC, to the head coach role. If anything, Eberflus did learn defense but learned it from an offensive perspective.