5 defensive coordinators Bears need to be eyeing for 2024

The Bears will have no shortage of options to replace Alan Williams next offseason

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2. Kris Kocurek, Defensive Line Coach, San Francisco 49ers

It doesn't really matter where you pluck from, but when you decide to hire a coach from the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree, good things typically happen, even on the defensive side of the ball (see Robert Saleh, for example).

San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek has coached the position, in the NFL, since 2009. He's been around for a while, and has been in San Francisco since 2019. Kocurek has seen a lot of talented players come his way, and I'm sure he is thankful for the organization helping him out. But, he also deserves some credit for how this line has played.

There are plenty of big name pass rushers who come into the league and fail, but Nick Bosa has not been one of them. Credit Kocurek a little bit, here, because he deserves it.

The 49ers' run defense is top-5 this season, along with the Bears, believe it or not. This would be a sensible hire for a team that wishes to continue playing well against the run, although Kocurek would have to figure out a way to get this Bears defensive line to start pressuring quarterbacks at a higher level.