Shane Waldron checks all the important boxes for the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears hired Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator. Waldron checks all the key boxes needed for this team.

Chicago Bears, Shane Waldron
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Luke Getsy is out as the offensive coordinator and as soon as the Chicago Bears were able to make a hire, they added one of the best options to replace him. I had Klint Kubiak at the top of my offensive coordinator wish list, but Shane Waldron was in the same tier and just behind him. I know plenty of others who had Waldron as their top candidate. Ryan Poles, Matt Eberflus and Kevin Warren just hired a guy in Shane Waldron who checks all of the necessary boxes.

We discussed the offensive coordinator position along with the future of Justin Fields in Chicago at the Halas Huddle last night (recorded before the Waldron news broke this morning).

Shane Waldron checks all the key boxes for the Chicago Bears

Proven success as a play-caller

One of the most important skills we needed to see from the Chicago Bears' new offensive coordinator was previous play-calling experience and success doing it. He is exceptional on early downs and over the three years he was the offensive coordinator in Seattle, the Seahawks ranked 14th, 12th and 22nd in points scored. Shane Waldron actually called the plays in Seattle, unlike glorified offensive coordinators like Matt Nagy in Kansas City or Luke Getsy in Green Bay.