Bears Seek To Interview McDaniels, Shurmur

After the firing of head coach John Fox Monday morning, the Bears were expected to look for an offensive-minded coach to take over the role in 2018. Josh McDaniels (vertical)

They began the process Monday night, requesting interviews with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (Twitter link).

McDaniels is the longtime Patriots offensive coordinator who has called the shots for seven top-five scoring offenses during his tenure with the team. He also has head-coaching experience, leading the Broncos for parts of two seasons in 2009-10. McDaniels is already being sought by a bevy of teams and will certainly be a splash for the Bears.

The Bears have plenty of familiarity with Shurmur, who has been with division rival Minnesota for each of the last two seasons. Under the veteran coach’s direction, Minnesota locked up the No. 2 seed in the postseason while fielding a top-10 scoring offense. Even more impressive is that the unit accomplished the feat without its starting quarterback Sam Bradford or rookie sensation running Dalvin Cook, who were both lost early in the season to injuries. Like McDaniels, Shurmur has already garnered interest from a number of teams.

Either coach would certainly benefit rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who general manager Ryan Pace said will have a say in the team’s head-coaching decision. McDaniels has worked with Tom Brady for much of his career and also helped groom Jimmy Garropolo in New England. Shurmur’s offense has also helped veteran signal-caller Case Keenum produce a breakout year in 2017.

Should they decide against an offensive mind, the Bears might look in house at defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Whoever receives the job is likely to sign a four-year deal to match the extension Pace received earlier in the days.

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9 comments on “Bears Seek To Interview McDaniels, Shurmur

  1. Thronson5

    Curious to see if McDaniels leaves NE and if he does where he chooses to get. I would think after his failures in Denver he will be very careful with where he chooses.

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      • Clark K

        Yeah he’ll leave the the greatest quarterback for a hasbeen franchise QB mind you whom is completely injury prone

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      • ray_derek

        i’d think the bears would be more likely than that. a chance to groom a young QB or coach for one that can’t stay on the field. due to the qb, the chicago job is pretty appealing to an offensive minded coach. although their ownership is horrible, at least they extended Pace.

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    • chgobangbang

      Agree it would be tough for him leaving Brady . Bears need to go young and get creative with young and upcoming offensive mind, everyone’s looking for new mcvay like coach

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  2. Rondon

    The joke part of this is that George McKaskey and Ted Phillips will be “involved in the interview process”. The aimless direction of this franchise goes directly back to those two morons. I feel for Pace.

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    • ray_derek

      agreed, the bears ownership is about as bad as it gets, at least they had enough sense to extend Pace.

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  3. ray_derek

    Josh McDaniels brother Ben is already employed by the Bears as Offensive Quality Control Coach, you’d think that would help their chances.

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