Believe it or not, there was some speculation Sunday that Chudzinski failed to "blow away" the Bears during his interview, and that fact, coupled with San Diego's desire to bring him back, squashed any chance of the coach landing in Chicago.
Let's start by saying you can't blame Chudzinski if he decided to take a pass on the Bears job. How could you? He's already got a solid gig with the Chargers, and since Turner just signed an extension, the security factor is certainly in Chudzinski's favor if he opts to return to San Diego.
Or maybe he's eyeing a better position in the NFL. Again, no argument here. Although the Bears have gone to great lengths to say otherwise, it's pretty obvious Chicago is not viewed as a premiere destination by the rest of the coaching community.
But this is all beside the point.
What's fascinating is this idea the Bears weren't impressed by Chudzinski.
What did the Bears fail to see in Chudzinski that offensive-minded coaches like Turner and Cameron did?
Or should I rephrase the question this way: Who in the Bears organization is capable of seeing things like Turner or Cameron?
This is not meant to be an insult, but does anybody possess offensive expertise at Halas Hall? When Ron Turner encountered problems over the last few years, there didn't seem to be many people he could turn to for advice. The head coach comes from a defensive background, while the front office has had a much higher success rate identifying defensive talent rather than offensive. Not to mention the fact that the Bears balked at the idea of hiring an offensive consultant after the 2007 season.
Hey, maybe Chudzinski bombed in his interview. That kind of thing happens all the time, in every walk of life -- not just the NFL. But the longer this coaching search drags on, I can't help but wonder if the Bears truly know what they are looking for. Was Chudzinski the right guy and they blew it? Should they have offered Perry Fewell the defensive coordinator job immediately after the season and beat New York to the punch? Should the Bears have offered more money to unproven Jeremy Bates? It's easy to second guess, but a 23-25 post-Super Bowl record has eroded some of my organizational trust.