Bears Head Coach Prospects

Below is a list of the possible candidates I can think of to be considered for the recently vacated head coach position of the Chicago Bears. Whether each would actually consider the job is a different story. I’d consider pretty much all of the college coaches listed as being untouchable, but there could always be a surprise.

I didn’t include Jim Harbaugh, as it’s pretty apparent he is headed to Michigan. And I’m not even going to speculate on the general manager position … because that should OBVIOUSLY be Rick Hahn (Update: Bears hired Ryan Pace, New Orleans Saints director of player personnel, as their GM).

Note: I’ve added a few names that have popped up to this ever expanding list.

 


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Teryl Austin*

Age: 49
Born: Sharon, PA
College: Pittsburgh (Defensive Back)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Detroit Lions defensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Baltimore Ravens secondary coach (’11-’13), University of Florida defensive coordinator (’10), Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach (’07-’09), Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach (’03-’06)*

1/9/2015 update: Bears interested for interview

 


Darrell Bevell

Age: 44
Born: Yuma, AZ
College: Wisconsin (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator (since 2011)
Other Recent Positions: Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator (’06-’10), Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach/assistant QB coach (’00-’05), University of Connecticut wide receivers coach (’98-’99)

 


Brian Billick

Age: 60
Born: Fairborn, OH
College: BYU (Tight End)
NFL Playing Experience: San Francisco 49ers/Dallas Cowboys (’77, practice squads only)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Baltimore Ravens head coach (’99-’07), Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator/tight ends coach (’92-’98), Stanford University assistant head coach/tight ends coach (’89-’91)

 


Todd Bowles* **

Age: 51
Born: Elizabeth, NJ
College: Temple (Safety)
NFL Playing Experience: Washington Redskins (’86-’90, ’92-’93), San Francisco 49ers (’91)
Current Position: Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’12), Miami Dolphins interim head coach/assistant head coach/secondary coach (’08-’11), Dallas Cowboys secondary coach (’05-’07), Cleveland Browns secondary coach (’01-’03), New York Jets defensive backs coach (’00), Grambling State defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’98-’99)

12/30/2014 update: Bears interested for interview

** 1/13/2015 update: Signed as head coach of New York Jets

 


Bill Cowher

Age: 57
Born: Crafton, PA
College: NC State (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: Philadelphia Eagles (’79, ’83-’84), Cleveland Browns (’80-’82)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach (’92-’06), Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator (’89-’91), Cleveland Browns secondary coach/special teams coach (’85-’88)

 


Jack Del Rio*

Age: 51
Born: Castro Valley, CA
College: USC (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: New Orleans Saints (’85-’86), Kansas City Chiefs (’87-’88), Dallas Cowboys (’89-’91), Minnesota Vikings (’92-’95), Miami Dolphins (’96)
Current Position: Denver Broncos defensive coordinator (since 2012)
Other Recent Positions: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach (’03-’11), Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator (’02), Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach (’99-’01), New Orleans Saints strength and conditioning coach (’97-’98)

1/14/2015 update: Signed as head coach of Oakland Raiders

 


Tony Dungy

Age: 59
Born: Jackson, MI
College: Minnesota (Quarterback/Safety)
NFL Playing Experience: Pittsburgh Steelers (’77-’78), San Francisco 49ers (’79), New York Giants (’80, practice squad only)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Indianapolis Colts head coach (’02-’08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach (’96-’01), Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator (’92-’95), Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach (’89-’91), Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’81-’88)

 


George Edwards

Age: 47
Born: Siler City, NC
College: Duke (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Miami Dolphins linebackers coach (’12-’13), Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator (’10-’11), University of Florida defensive coordinator (’10)

 


JOHN FOX* **

Age: 59
Born: Virginia Beach, VA
College: San Diego State (Defensive Back)
NFL Playing Experience: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (’77-’78, practice squad only)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Denver Broncos head coach (’11-’14), Carolina Panthers head coach (’02-’10), New York Giants defensive coordinator (’97-’01), St. Louis Rams personnel consultant (’96), Los Angeles Raiders defensive coordinator (’94-’95), San Diego Chargers defensive backs coach (’92-’93), Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach (’89-’91), University of Pittsburgh defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’86-’88)

1/13/2015 update: Bears interested for interview

1/16/2015 update: Bears hire John Fox as next head coach

 


Leslie Frazier

Age: 55
Born: Columbus, MS
College: Alcorn State (Cornerback)
NFL Playing Experience: Chicago Bears (’81-’85)
Current Position: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Minnesota Vikings head coach/assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (’07-’13), Indianapolis Colts assistant to head coach/defensive backs coach/defensive assistant (’05-’06), Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator (’03-’04), Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach (’99-’02), University of Illinois defensive backs coach (’97-’98)

 


Adam Gase*

Age: 36
Born: Ypsilanti, MI
College: Michigan State
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach (’09-’12), San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant (’08), Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach /offensive assistant/scouting assistant (’03-’07), LSU graduate/recruiting assistant (’00-’02)

12/30/2014 update: Bears interested for interview

 


Pep Hamilton

Age: 40
College: Howard (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Stanford University offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach (’10-’12), Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach (’07-’09), San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach (’06), New York Jets wide receivers coach/quarterbacks coach (’03-’05), Howard University offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (’97-’01)

 


Mike Holmgren

Age: 66
Born: San Francisco, CA
College: USC (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Cleveland Browns team president (’10-’12), Seattle Seahawks head coach (’99-’08), Green Bay Packers head coach (’92-’98), San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (’86-’91), BYU quarterbacks coach (’82-’85)

 


Ray Horton

Age: 54
Born: Tacoma, WA
College: Washington (Cornerback)
NFL Playing Experience: Cincinnati Bengals (’83-’88), Dallas Cowboys (’89-’92)
Current Position: Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator (’13), Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator (’11-’12), Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach (’04-’10), Detroit Lions secondary coach (’02-’03), Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach (’97-’01), Washington Redskins assistant defensive backs coach (’94-’96)

 


Hue Jackson

Age: 49
Born: Los Angeles, CA
College: Pacific (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach/secondary coach (’12-’13), Oakland Raiders head coach/offensive coordinator (’10-’11), Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach (’08-’09), Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (’07), Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach (’04-’06), Washington Redskins offensive coordinator/running backs coach (’01-’03), USC offensive coordinator/running backs coach (’97-’00)

 


Brian Kelly

Age: 53
Born: Everett, MA
College: Assumption (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Notre Dame head coach (since 2010)
Other Recent Positions: University of Cincinnati head coach (’07-’09), Central Michigan University head coach (’04-’06), Grand Valley State University head coach/assistant head coach (’87-’03)

 


Gary Kubiak* ** ***

Age: 53
Born: Houston, TX
College: Texas A&M (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: Denver Broncos (’83-’91)
Current Position: Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Houston Texans head coach (’06-’13), Denver Broncos offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (’95-’05), San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach (’94), Texas A&M University running backs coach (’92-’93)

12/31/2014 update: Bears interested for interview

** 1/12/2015 update: Announced he is staying with Ravens

*** 1/19/2015 update: JK about staying with the Ravens: Kubiak signed as head coach of the Denver Broncos

 


Gus Malzahn

Age: 49
Born: Irving, TX
College: Arkansas/Henderson State (Wide Receiver)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Auburn University head coach (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Arkansas State University head coach (’12), Auburn University offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (’09-’11)

 


Doug Marrone*

Age: 50
Born: Bronx, NY
College: Syracuse (Offensive Lineman)
NFL Playing Experience: Miami Dolphins (’87), New Orleans Saints (’89)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Buffalo Bills head coach (’13-’14), Syracuse University head coach (’09-’12), New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator (’06-’08), New York Jets offensive line coach (’02-’05), University of Tennessee tight ends/offensive tackles coach (’01)

1/1/2015 update: Bears interested for interview

 


Ben McAdoo

Age: 37
Born: Homer City, PA
College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: New York Giants offensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach/tight ends coach (’06-’13), San Francisco 49ers assistant offensive line coach (’05), Stanford University tackles/tight ends coach (’05), New Orleans Saints offensive assistant (’04), University of Akron assistant coach (’04)

 


Josh McDaniels

Age: 38
Born: Barberton, OH
College: John Carroll (Wide Receiver)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: New England Patriots offensive coordinator (since 2012)
Other Recent Positions: New England Patriots offensive assistant (’11), St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator (’11), Denver Broncos head coach (’09-’10), New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/defensive coaching assistant/personnel assistant (’01-’08), Michigan State University graduate assistant (’99-’00)

 


Sean McDermott

Age: 40
Born: Omaha, NE
College: William and Mary (Safety)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator (since 2011)
Other Recent Positions: Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator/secondary coach/linebackers coach/assistant defensive backs coach/defensive assistant/assistant to head coach/scouting administrative coordinator (’99-’10), College of William and Mary graduate assistant (’98)

 


Jim Mora

Age: 53
Born: Los Angeles, CA
College: Washington (Defensive Back/Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: UCLA head coach (since 2012)
Other Recent Positions: Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive backs coach (’07-’09), Altanta Falcons head coach (’04-’06), San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’97-’03), New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach (’92-’96), San Diego Chargers defensive backs coach (’85-’91), University of Washington graduate assistant (’84)

 


John Pagano

Age: 47
Born: Boulder, CO
College: Mesa State
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator (since 2012)
Other Recent Positions: San Diego Chargers linebackers coach/outside linebackers coach/assistant linebackers coach (’02-’11)

 


Dan Quinn* **

Age: 44
Born: Morristown, NJ
College: Salisbury State (Defensive Lineman)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: University of Florida defensive coordinator (’11-’12), Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line coach (’09-’10), New York Jets defensive line coach (’07-’08), Miami Dolphins defensive line coach (’05-’06), San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach (’01-’04), Hofstra University defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (’96-’00)

12/31/2014 update: Bears interested for interview

** 1/18/2015 update: Quinn appears to be headed to Atlanta as next Falcons head coach

 


Greg Roman

Age: 42
Born: Atlantic City, NJ
College: John Carroll University
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator (since 2011)
Other Recent Positions: Stanford University tight ends coach/offensive tackles coach (’09-’10), Baltimore Ravens offensive line assistant (’06-’07), Houston Texans tight ends coach/quarterbacks coach (’02-’05), Carolina Panthers offensive line assistant (’95-’01)

 


Rex Ryan*

Age: 52
Born: Ardmore, OK
College: Southwestern Oklahoma State (Defensive End)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: New York Jets head coach (’09-’14), Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (’99-’08), Kansas State University defensive coordinator (’99)

1/11/2015 update: Signed as head coach of Buffalo Bills

 


Rob Ryan

Age: 52
Born: Ardmore, OK
College: Southwestern Oklahoma State (Defensive End)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator (’11-’12), Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator (’09-’10), Okland Raiders defensive coordinator (’04-’08), New England Patriots linebackers coach (’00-’03), Oklahoma State University defensive coordinator (’97-’99)

 


Kyle Shanahan*

Age: 35
Born: Minneapolis, MN
College: Texas/Duke (Wide Receiver)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator (since 2014)
Other Recent Positions: Washington Redskins offensive coordinator (’10-’13), Houston Texans offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach (’06-’09), Tampa Bay Buccaneers quality control (’04-’05), UCLA graduate assistant (’03)

1/18/2015 update: Signed as offensive coordinator for Atlanta Falcons


Mike Shanahan*

Age: 62
Born: Oak Park, IL
College: Eastern Illinois (Quarterback)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Washington Redskins head coach (’10-’13), Denver Broncos head coach (’95-’08), San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator (’92-’94), Denver Broncos offensive assistant (’90-’91), Los Angeles Raiders head coach (’88-’89), Denver Broncos offensive coordinator (’84-’87), University of Florida offensive coordinator (’80-’83)

* 1/6/2015 update: Bears interested for interview

 


David Shaw

Age: 42
Born: San Diego, CA
College: Stanford (Wide Receiver)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Stanford University head coach (since 2011)
Other Recent Positions: Stanford University offensive coordinator/running backs coach/wide receivers coach (’07-’10), University of San Diego wide receivers coach/quarterbacks coach (’06), Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach/quarterbacks coach (’02-’05), Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach (’98-’01), Philadelphia Eagles quality control coach (’97)

 


Pat Shurmur

Age: 49
Born: Ann Arbor, MI
College: Michigan State (Guard/Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator (’11-’12), St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator (’09-’10), Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach/tight ends coach/offensive line coach (’99-’08), Stanford University offensive line coach (’98)

 


Mike Singletary

Age: 56
Born: Houston, TX
College: Baylor (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: Chicago Bears (’81-’92)
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Minnesota Vikings special assistant to head coach/linebackers coach (’11-’13), San Francisco 49ers head coach/assistant head coach/linebackers coach (’05-’10), Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach (’03-’04)

 


Bob Stoops

Age: 54
Born: Youngstown, OH
College: Iowa (Defensive Back)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Oklahoma University head coach (since 1999)
Other Recent Positions: University of Florida defensive coordinator (’96-’98), Kansas State University co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach (’89-’95)

 


Kevin Sumlin

Age: 50
Born: Brewton, AL
College: Purdue (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Texas A&M University head coach (since 2012)
Other Recent Positions: University of Houston head coach (’08-‘011), Oklahoma University co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach/special teams coach/tight ends coach (’03-’07), Texas A&M University offensive coordinator/assistant head coach (’01-’02)

 


Dave Toub

Age: 52
Born: Ossining, NY
College: UTEP (Defensive Back)
NFL Playing Experience: Philadelphia Eagles (’85), Los Angeles Rams (’86), practice squads only
Current Position: Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator (since 2013)
Other Recent Positions: Chicago Bears special teams coordinator (’04-’12), Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach (’01-’03), University of Missouri defensive line coach/strength and conditioning coach (’89-’00)

 


Mike Ditka

Age: 75
Born: Carnegie, PA
College: Pittsburgh (Tight End)
NFL Playing Experience: Chicago Bears (’61-’66), Philadelphia Eagles (’67-’68), Dallas Cowboys (’69-’72)
Current Position: Da Coach
Other Recent Positions: New Orleans Saints head coach (’97-’99), Chicago Bears head coach (’82-’92), Dallas Cowboys assistant coach (’73-’81)

 


Dick Butkus

Age: 72
Born: Chicago, IL
College: Illinois (Linebacker)
NFL Playing Experience: Chicago Bears (’65-’73)
Current Position: You ask him.
Other Recent Positions: Dick Butkus doesn’t need a resume.

 


Bill Murray

Age: 64
Born: Evanston, IL
College: Regis University (briefly)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Bill Murray
Other Recent Positions: St. Vincent (’14), The Grand Budapest Hotel (’14), Moonrise Kingdom (’12), Zombieland (’09), Fantastic Mr. Fox (’09), The Darjeeling Limited (’07), Broken Flowers (’05), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (’04), Coffee and Cigarettes (’03), Lost in Translation (’03), The Royal Tenenbaums (’01), Rushmore (’98), Kingpin (’96), Ed Wood (’94), Groundhog Day (’93), What About Bob? (’91), Quick Change (’90), Ghostbusters II (’89), Scrooged (’88), Ghostbusters (’84), Tootsie (’82), Stripes (’81), Caddyshack (’80), Meatballs (’79)

 


Richard M. Daley

Age: 72
Born: Chicago, IL
College: Providence College, DePaul University
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: None
Other Recent Positions: Mayor of the City of Chicago (’89-’11), Cook County State’s Attourney (’80-’89), Illinois State Senator (’72-’80)

 


Bill Swerski

Age: 66
Born: Chicago, IL
College: Notre Dame (briefly)
NFL Playing Experience: None
Current Position: Superfan (’48-present)

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