Chicago Bears: Coaching search

Source: Lovie may sit out '13 if not HC

January, 16, 2013
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If former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith fails to land a head coaching job elsewhere, he's prepared to sit out the 2013 season because he's not interested in any of the coordinator jobs, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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Cutler: Trestman is a 'great hire'

January, 16, 2013
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Jay Cutler told the Chicago Bears' official website that he's excited about the hiring of Marc Trestman as head coach.

"It's a great hire. I couldn't be more excited. He's been successful wherever he's been," Cutler said.

Trestman worked with Cutler before the quarterback was drafted in 2006.

"You could just tell how knowledgeable he was about the QB position and offense in general," Cutler told the website.

Toub: Talented Jay needs leadership work

January, 16, 2013
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Cutler/MarshallJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDave Toub said that while Jay Cutler is an talent, he needs to improve as a leader.
Dave Toub said Wednesday that while Jay Cutler is an "extraordinary talent," he needs to work at his leadership skills, and that's something for new Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to address.

After spending the last nine years as the Bears' special teams coach, Toub left for the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. Toub interviewed for the Bears head coaching position, which was filled by Trestman on Wednesday, and Toub said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that the subject of Cutler played a major role in the interview.

" I think Cutler is a great asset," Toub said. "He's an extraordinary talent. He just ... there are certain aspects he just needs to get better at, and it's his leadership skills. And I think that's something he'll work on down the road and hopefully he gets better at that."

When pressed on the subject, Toub didn't want to elaborate.

"I'm not going to really get into it, specifically, but that's something that Coach Trestman will deal with," he said.

When he announced the firing of Lovie Smith, Bears GM Phil Emery said the lack of offensive production and consistency was one of the reasons for the decision. Despite having talents in Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the Bears ranked 28th in total offense this season.

Cutler ranked No. 20 in the NFL with an 81.3 passer rating this season. He also was sacked 38 times, which was the fifth most in the league.

Where Bears need improvement

January, 16, 2013
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Marc TrestmanPhillippe Champoux/Southcreek Global/Zuma Press/Icon SMIMarc Trestman inherits a Chicago Bears team that has a lot of holes.

Just like that, the Chicago Bears have a new head coach.

The choice of Marc Trestman comes as a surprise to many, since he has been out of the league since 2004, but given how well prepared Phil Emery has been, are you going to doubt the choice?

Trestman comes in and takes over a team that is competitive even if their inability to consistently make the playoffs has left the Bears irrelevant come January. What does he have to work with? And what pieces of the puzzle are the Bears missing?

Let's take a look.

Quarterback
The Bears paid a hefty price to make Jay Cutler their franchise quarterback and the results have been largely mixed. At times he's displayed the kind of talent that would make even Phil Simms want to use the word "elite," but all too often accuracy issues and carelessness with the ball have come back to haunt him.

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Gallery: 10 challenges facing Trestman

January, 16, 2013
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Jay CutlerJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesHow can Marc Trestman get Jay Cutler and his offensive line to become more effective?
From maximizing Jay Cutler's potential to fixing the offensive line, there are plenty of challenges awaiting new Bears coach Marc Trestman.

ESPN Chicago identifies 10 challenges facing Trestman.

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Source: Bears hire Kromer as OC

January, 16, 2013
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[+] EnlargeAaron Kromer
AP Photo/Bob LeveroneFormer New Orleans interim head coach Aaron Kromer was Marc Trestman's first move as Bears coach.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears moved swiftly to begin filling out their coaching staff under new head coach Marc Trestman by reaching an agreement with Aaron Kromer to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kromer has been with the New Orleans Saints since 2008 where he handled the running backs for one season before shifting over to coach the offensive line. Kromer was the Saints’ interim head coach for the first six games of the 2012 season with Sean Payton suspended for the entire year and Joe Vitt unavailable for the opening six games. New Orleans went 2-4 with Kromer at the helm.

The working relationship between Kromer and Trestman dates back to 2001 when two men were both on the staff of the Oakland Raiders. Trestman arrived in Oakland as the quarterbacks coach that year before being promoted to offensive coordinator the following season when the Raiders reached the Super Bowl. Trestman left Oakland after the 2003 campaign. Kromer spent 2001-04 with the Raiders where he coached the offensive line his final three years with the organization.

Kromer also had a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and worked collegiately at Northwestern University and Miami University.

Bears narrow down coaching search

January, 14, 2013
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The Chicago Bears have entered their second phase in finding a head coach and will speak again with three candidates, including Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Bevell and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley were "heading toward second interviews." Bradley is in the running for the Philadelphia Eagles' job.

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Chat wrap: Dickerson on Bears' search

January, 14, 2013
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Jeff Dickerson took your questions Monday on the Bears' search for a head coach. Click here to read the chat wrap.

Cutler Show: Dennison 'great candidate'

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The Chicago Bears will interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head coaching position on Friday, according to a source, and quarterback Jay Cutler said Dennison is a "great" head coaching candidate.

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Cowher says he wants to coach again

January, 9, 2013
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher told Newsday on Tuesday he wants to coach again at some point.

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Rod Marinelli
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhConsidering Rod Marinelli's relationship with Lovie Smith, would he want to work for another Bears' coach?
Mass exodus of Lovie Smith's assistants must wait until after general manager Phil Emery hires a new coach, according to a source who said the remaining assistants currently under contract haven't been given permission to seek opportunities elsewhere.

That means the staff is left to twist in uncertainty as Emery continues the search for a successor to Smith.

Such a dynamic isn't anything new. It's commonplace for a team firing a coach to want to retain key members of the staff. But it's also not guaranteed Chicago's new hire would want to bring back any of the coaches. By keeping the staff in place throughout the search, the Bears protect themselves in the event the new head coach experiences difficulty in putting together a group of assistants.

Given the team's success on defense over the years, and the pieces already in place in terms of personnel, the Bears would like to bring back defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. One source close to the process said "the key" for any new coach "is to get Rod back; not because he's under contract, but because he wants to work for you."

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Source: Bears interview Toub

January, 8, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears took their head coaching search in-house when they interviewed special teams coordinator Dave Toub for the position on Monday, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Toub interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy last season.

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Bears, Rick Dennison to talk

January, 6, 2013
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The Chicago Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head coaching vacancy, a source said.

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Spaeth: Arians helps QBs succeed

January, 4, 2013
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Ben RoethlisbergerAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarMatt Spaeth said Ben Roethlisberger was upset when Pittsburgh let go of Bruce Arians.
Nobody is more familiar with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in the Chicago Bears' locker room than veteran tight end Matt Spaeth, who spent four years and started 46 games (including the postseason) in Arians' offense with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-10.

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Chat alert: Wright on coaching search at 12

January, 4, 2013
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Michael C. Wright enters the Bears chat room at 12 CT to talk about the coaching search.

Submit questions here and come back for the chat.

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