North Notes: Bears, Packers, Ravens, Browns

The Bears have concluded their head coaching interview with Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, the club announced today. Chicago is able to interview Edwards given that Minnesota secured a first-round playoff bye, and he’s one of seven candidates to be linked to the Bears’ vacancy. Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks are all being considered for the job alongside Edwards.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two North divisions:

  • Incumbent cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt is considered the favorite to become the Packers‘ next defensive coordinator, reports Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Green Bay will start its DC search by interviewing three internal candidates: Whitt, safeties coach Darren Perry, and assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss. While all three coaches are currently under contract with the Packers, there’s no guarantee that any or all of them will return in 2018, as Demovsky writes in a separate piece. If Green Bay hires an outside candidate to replace Dom Capers, that new coach could aim to bring in his own assistants.
  • The Ravens will bring back offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwheg in 2018, but it’s unclear if senior offensive assistant/tight ends coach Greg Roman will return given that his contract has expired, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Roman, a former play-caller for the 49ers and Bills, could potentially draw interest as an offensive coordinator once head coaching vacancies are filled around the league. Meanwhile, Baltimore may potentially hire a quarterbacks coach to work on Joe Flacco‘s mechanics, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters today, including Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link). Mornhinwheg currently holds the QBs coach title in addition to offensive coordinator.
  • Reports earlier this week indicated the Browns are interested in former Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, and Cleveland will in fact interview him for their open offensive coordinator position, according to Rapoport (Twitter link). Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who calls his own offensive plays, had not employed an OC during his first two years in Cleveland. Zampese, the Bengals’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-16, lasted only two touchdown-less games as the club’s offensive play-caller in 2017. The Browns are also set to interview Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan for offensive coordinator in the near future.
  • Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley suffered a shattered pelvis during an incident at a bar on New Year’s Eve, but the injury is not expected to affect Haley’s ability to coach during the Divisional Round, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While there certainly could be more to the story, Haley was reportedly shoved while out to dinner with his wife in the Pittsburgh area.
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9 comments on “North Notes: Bears, Packers, Ravens, Browns

  1. robertj53086

    Leave it to the Packers to screw up their DC search. They seem to have made up their minds without an external interview. Same with their GM search. Seems like a flawed view, coming from a Packer fan here. Hope I’m wrong but……

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    • jwoh13512

      I’m sure all of us packer fans would like to see somebody from outside brought in but maybe Whitt sold himself in the interview. I’m sure MM would’ve asked him what he would’ve done differently if he was the DC and maybe he had some great ideas. But then I wonder why he wouldn’t have taken those ideas to Capers in the past.

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    • pullhitter445

      Mike McCarthy is garbage. Why Green Bay still employs him is beyond me. MM brings nothing to the table. The more sickening thing is watching Aaron Rodgers prime wasted do to the packers not surrounding him with enough talent. The offensive line can’t stay healthy or protect arguably the most valuable player in the nfl. Bulaga is made of glass. Montgomery is no running back, this team needs a running back. Jordy nelson is over the hill as is Randall Cobb. Adams is the real deal, packers tight end position is just as weak as the rest of the offensive unit. Only reason this isn’t talked about more frequently is because Aaron Rodgers masks several problems in Green Bay. If you can’t win a division that has the bears and lions may god have mercy on your soul.

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    • ray_derek

      This is what happens when you have a board of directors and not 1 owner. Why would they want to hire from the outside??

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  2. Strauss

    I wonder if “NO BALLS PACE” took any notes or asked any questions or did George M. Do all the talking about how he decides how many hot dogs to get for each home game.

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  3. madmanTX

    Too bad, maybe having Haley sit out the rest of the season would make Tomlin take his thumb out and show he can actually coach this team himself.

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  4. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Bringing in Zampese is insanity, and has Hue Jackson written all over it.

    Just fire the guy, please!

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    • yoyo137

      Good idea to get the guy who got fired after going 0-2 to right the ship on a team who went 1-31 the past two seasons right?

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