The Chicago Bears have requested to interview Kentucky offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Liam Coen. What does Coen bring to the table, and why would the Bears have an interest in bringing him in for an interview?
Chicago Bears request to interview Liam Coen
Liam Coen has mostly come up in the college game. He played football at UMass and even went to play in a minor league football team in 2010. Then, he went to Brown to be a quarterback coach. Coen was the passing game coordinator for Rhode Island before going back to Brown from 2012 to 2013.
Coen was the UMass pass game coordinator with Mark Whipple and Shane Waldron, who also interviewed for this job. So, it is clear the Bears have a similar mindset in their vision for the offense.
Coen went to Maine from 2016 to 2017 to be the offensive coordinator. This is when he moved out of the New England area and moved up to the NFL. Sean McVay must have seen something because he brought him along to the Rams after the 2017 season, and he was the assistant receivers coach from 2018 to 2019.
In 2020, he moved to assistant quarterback coach before taking a job at Kentucky to be the offensive coordinator. He was there for one year before going back to the NFL to be the Rams offensive coordinator in 2022. However, that stint only lasted one year, and he went back to Kentucky for the last year.
Pros to Chicago Bears hiring Liam Coen
They obviously have a vision and are going to find the best person to execute it. They thought Luke Getsy had the Sean McVay vibe, but he had a stronger connection to Aaron Rodgers than Matt LeFleur. With Coen, Shane Waldron, and Klint Kubiak, they are getting people who actually worked with McVay and Kyle Shanahan.
Cons to Chicago Bears hiring Liam Coen
Coen worked with Sean McVay, but none of his stints with real power have gone well. When he moved up to quarterbacks coach, Jared Goff and McVay had their worst year together, and it ended in divorce. Coen then took a job back in college. In 2022, he came back after the Rams won a Super Bowl, and the offense took a big step back.
In 2023, the Kentucky offense was nothing special. Coen has the McVay shine from his name, but he has little real success showing that he can execute this offense. Are they just hiring him because of who he worked with or for what he can actually do on offense?