Chicago Bears: Mike Priefer

Playoff exits push coaching search along

January, 13, 2013
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Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery acknowledged Jan. 1 that in his search for a new head coach "the playoffs are a consideration," but that potential roadblock appears to have come down Sunday with the conclusion of the divisional round of the postseason.

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Byron Hetzler/US PRESSWIREDenver's Mike McCoy is one of four offensive coordinators whose season ended this weekend, opening the door for the Bears to move forward in their coaching search.
Of the known candidates, four coached for teams that lost in the divisional round, a group consisting of four offensive coordinators: Seattle's Darrell Bevell, Houston's Rick Dennison, Green Bay's Tom Clements and Mike McCoy of the Denver Broncos. The losses by the Seahawks, Texans, Packers and Broncos open up availability for those coaches to talk more in the coming days, with Emery expected to move into the next phase of the process. He'll probably pick two to three finalists for second interviews that will also involve team president Ted Phillips and Bears chairman George McCaskey.

"There may be a candidate that's in the playoffs and may be unavailable to us (that) we may have to wait out," Emery said. "After we're at the point where we feel good (that) we have quality candidates to select two or three as finalists, we will either have them come to us or go to them so we can have an opportunity for them to talk to George or to talk to Ted and that George and Ted can interact with them and get a feel for them. At the end, the final decision will be mine."

The timeline for Emery making the choice seems now to be a little less difficult.

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Reports: Bears to interview Singletary

January, 8, 2013
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The Bears plan to interview Minnesota Vikings assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer for Chicago's head-coaching opening, according to multiple reports, and the Bears interviewed their own special teams coach Dave Toub on Monday, according to a source.

In addition to being a Bears legend at linebacker, Singletary has previous head-coaching experience, having led the San Francisco 49ers to an 18-22 mark over three seasons. The current Vikings linebackers coach was succeeded in San Francisco by Jim Harbaugh, another former Bear.

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