Top 5 choices
1. Mike McCoy
2. Bruce Arians
3. Greg Roman
4. Chip Kelly
5. Jay Gruden
McCoy is a good way to start the talks
One of McCoy's strong points that was well displayed here in Denver is his ability to work his system around his QBs and RBs. When Kyle Orton failed to win games McCoy was able to get some production out of even Tim Tebow and I think it's pretty easy to see how well things have worked out with Manning at the helm this year. Jay Cutler should love him and maybe if he's hired he keeps Bates on as his OC so there is still some continuity after the transition.
We badly need a HC and OC who can develop a young QB. For now we have little choice but to extend Cutler's deal another few years but there needs to be a young Aaron Rodgers type guy sitting in the #2 spot learning the game from guys who can teach it. Right now we have no one who can do that and never really have had one who could. Hiring a guy like McCoy should fix that problem.
What should concern us is what McCoy or whoever will do regarding the defense. It would help greatly if a new HC did his best to keep the existing defense and defensive system as much intact as possible for now and that includes bringing Urlacher back for another year or two and maybe keeping Marinelli on as his DC. You have to fix what's broke first and the defense isn't completely broken. Put an offense on the field that can keep them off of it and we can win a lot of games behind those guys still.
It should be an interesting couple of weeks now.
I don't think there's any way we'd ever see Jon Gruden in Chicago. He may be a Jay Cutler fan but I don't see the Bears hierarchy or ownership being fans of his style and his over the top personality. Cowhers probably not high on their list either. The Bears aren't gonna spend upwards of $7 mil a year for a new HC and those guys are in that price range.
Guys like McCoy and Arians are proven NFL commodities with a great offensive minds and the ability to develop offenses around the skills of their QBs which is exactly what the Bears need. They're also not candidates who will command $5 mil per year deals. The Bears aren't cheapskates anymore but they also aren't spendthrifts who'll go looking for a high profile HC either.
However, he was not able to develop a QB either (although what he did with Tebow, not too many others might have been able to do). His accomplishments now are in large part due to Manning. Only Mike Tice might have screwed up an offense led by Manning.
Jim Miller mentioned on comcast sportsnet that two names he knows are on the Bears list are Brian Kelly and...ugh...Saban. Just typing that name angers me greatly!
ya I don't know about Saban. Brian Kelley would be nice, I'd perfer Chip though as the serious canidate though. Not sure Brian would want to move w/how he's got ND moving along though.
I'd prefer someone with a cookie duster. And when I think of Nick Saban, I think of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad more than Don Shula. That's not a good start.