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Chicago Bears round table coach: competition

Black Monday (and sometimes Tuesday) is the NFL tradition to be honored. After all, most desperate fan bases in the NFL don’t really feel satisfied or excited until just a couple of days apart — when a new employee is hired and when the bad employee is finally fired.

At the start of the slump season, the Bears were already starting to throw a wide net to find their next head coach. Unfortunately, many other teams (like the Denver, Miami, and New York Giants football club, to name a few) are also vying for a new side captain position. There are a lot of qualified and interesting candidates, but a very large number of vacancies.

In Part 2 of today’s roundtable, the WCG staff will make a diagram where they believe the Bears’ job stacks up with others. Seeing how competition is likely to play a factor in who gets to take the Bears’ flagship, that’s fair.

In case you missed it: The first part is about the main quality we want in the next trainer.


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Where would the Bears job rank among the NFL job openings?

Robert Zyglinsky: Look, I’m a far cry from the person who thinks the Bears deserve any respect as a professional football franchise. They do not. They have been incompetent for too long to deserve any benefit of the doubt. But that does not change that they are still Chicago Bears. Even with their lack of success for nearly four decades in a row, their name carries weight. The coach who leads them to the top is a legend in the sport forever and a household name for the rest of their lives. None of the other current jobs can attest to this potential.

George McAskie and the rest of the Bears board of directors (that is, his family) are undoubtedly a terrible group of losers and losers girls. But that can be said for most NFL owners, including many successful teams. For being foolish and as out of touch as possible, I don’t buy that this family is a factor in preventing a distinguished name from taking the podium at Hallas Hall.

Throw a ready-to-mold quarterback like Justin Fields – the hardest part of the job to solve – and this is the most attractive opening, without exception. Everyone wants to be the one who restores the Chicago Bears to their former glory. As cliched and cliched as it may sound, this distinction is important for people of type A football (which describes everyone).

Eric Duruicher: I imagine the bears are heading towards the top, if not the top. The two obvious drawbacks are the relatively narrow cap, and the smaller number of excellent draft picks readily available. Nearly half of the 2021 roster is set for free agency. They are without selection in the first round again for the third time in four years.

However, these two drawbacks are counteracted by the presence of a clear answer in the middle. There are also some perks you can win in Chicago that you won’t find anywhere else. If you win a lot in Chicago, you are an instant legend. Justin Fields will have a lot of coaches interested, along with some promising pieces in attack and defence. Any good numbers in the technical staff to compete soon.

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Josh Sunderbruch: I mean, Miami and Las Vegas should be near the top just because of the rolls, but Miami is a mess right now, maybe enough chaos to move Jacksonville ahead of them because there’s good cover space, great drag position, and peak potential. Minnesota is at the bottom, and Denver is in a tough spot. Maybe the fourth? Somewhere in the middle for sure. I think the coaches will decide based on emotional factors, so I think the bears are probably fine there.

Sam Houserber: I do not know. I think the ownership structure and organizational reputation are a little damaged, but there are many good pieces and a young quarterback. I think of the current open positions he will have Jacksonville ahead of Denver (ownership questions, but a long steady winning streak), perhaps ahead of the Vikings (who might need a full reset outside of some piece attacks), but maybe Behind Miami (she came out two consecutive winning seasons). They’re definitely behind the invaders, too. Although I’m leaving them out because I don’t see how they wouldn’t bring back Rick Bisachia.

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Aaron Liming: Among the jobs now open, I think the bears job is close to the top. Their salary cap situation has improved and will be back again in 2023 (as long as they don’t keep kicking the can down the road). They have a young midfielder on a junior contract. Justin Fields will lead plenty of suitors, all on his own. Finally, associating a new general manager with a new head coach should give potential candidates more security in the knowledge that they will have a clean slate. The Bears is not a well-run organization, but the allure of franchise training cannot be underestimated.

Ken Mitchell: I think he’s right at the top because the team has a good young core to build on both sides of the ball, and with the emergence of a new GM, there should be several years (two years, at least) to develop into a consistent match team. Additionally, with the new Hallas Hall, the facilities are excellent in Chicago.

Jack R Salo: The Bears job is the third most attractive. Minnesota has the most attractive vacancy after drafting its butt in 2021 and the ability to pick a quarterback very soon: Kirk Cousins’ ridiculous contract is about to expire. Las Vegas went through the playoffs without a real coach, but they might keep Rick Bisachia, so they’re second in the standings. A section about to be wide open once the team blows up in Wisconsin (also a point to the Vikings).

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