The Bears have put in a request to interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). It seems the interview has already been OK’d as Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press hears that it will take place this week.
The Vikings meeting marks Edwards’ first head coach interview. It stands to reason that he’ll get at least one more given the way his defense has performed this season. However, it seems like he does not have as much hype as Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur because he does not call plays. For what it’s worth, head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t think that should preclude him from consideration.
“George does everything,” Zimmer said recently. “He helps with the game plan. He runs a lot of the meetings, the defensive meetings. Him and I really sit down and talk about all the different things that are going on. He studies the game just like he’s calling the game. So he’ll come in and talk to me about second down-and-whatever. ‘They’re doing this,’ or, ‘they’re doing that.’ Really, he does everything other than call the game on Sunday.”
As shown on PFR’s Head Coaching Tracker, Shumur and Josh McDaniels will interview with the Bears on Friday. The team may look to fit Edwards in on Saturday. Others up for consideration in Chicago include Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFillippo, Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, and Panthers DC Steve Wilks.
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