It is okay to have both these feelings about the Chicago Bears new regime

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Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus
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The Chicago Bears did not rush their hiring process. Some felt that the team was taking too long. Others thought that the team didn’t take long enough. At one point there were nine head coaching vacancies. The Bears were the second team to hire their replacement — the Denver Broncos were the first when they announced Nathaniel Hackett as their new coach. Now, there are five coaching vacancies left with rumors of frontrunners for many. It appears the team moved at just the right pace.

One of the big issues I specifically had with the situation was if the team was to make a decision about the head coach before hiring the new general manager. Things did not happen that way and the team chose Ryan Poles to replace Ryan Pace as the next general manager. Having Poles in place allowed the team to follow the correct order of events of a hiring process in my opinion.

The Chicago Bears are putting together their new staff

The hiring committee of George McCaskey, Bill Polian, Soup Campbell and Tanesha Wade narrowed the head coaching candidates down from 10 to three. Ryan Poles interviewed those three, starting with Jim Caldwell who was at Halas Hall the same day Poles was named GM. Of course, Poles interviewed him and both Dan Quinn and Matt Eberflus before naming Eberflus the next Bears head coach.

There have been a few other staff hires since then. The team named Luke Getsy as its next offensive coordinator. Alan Williams was then named the next defensive coordinator. Joe Brady was rumored to be the next quarterbacks coach, but he signed with the Buffalo Bills today instead. Matt Eberflus has added a few other staff members along the way too. Also, Ryan Poles added an assistant GM position and hired Ian Cunningham. With this new regime in place, two key feelings can both be had at the same time.