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Spotlight on Coaching Candidates: Adam Gase

| January 12th, 2015

Adam Gase may be the best young assistant coach in the NFL. He may be the next great head coach in the NFL. But there is one major issue facing his candidacy, illustrated perfectly by a Google image search of his name.

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The issue: Gase doesn’t come with #18.

So who is Adam Gase?

  • He just switched agents, enlisting the services of Jimmy Sexton. Sexton seems to represent about 75% of the coaches getting hired these days. This isn’t a minor move. This is the move a coordinator makes when he’s ready to take the next step and leave the lounge for the main room.
  • From a piece critical of Gase in Mile High Sports: “While everyone talks about the need for balance, Gase’s scheme did not and does not promote it.” Of course the Broncos offense fully committed to the run game over the final quarter of the 2014 season, a somewhat remarkable mid-season philosophical shift that must have been injury-motivated. How much of that shift falls on Gase’s shoulders as opposed to Peyton Manning’s? Once again #18 makes evaluating Gase quite difficult.
  • Adam Gase is married to Joe Vitt’s daughter. The story is pretty damn entertaining:

Gase was having dinner with Vitt, Saints coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Matt Sheldon when the other three left the table — leaving Gase alone with Vitt.

“I’m kind of like, ‘What’s going on here?’ ” Gase, a graduate assistant at LSU from 2000-02 under Nick Saban, said laughing. “So he gives me permission to marry Jen. I didn’t even ask him.

“So I’m leaving the Senior Bowl, and I call Jen and say, ‘Hey, your dad gave me permission to marry you,’ and she goes, ‘What … you asked him?’ I told her no. I don’t know if it was too many vinos or what.”

Three months later, Gase proposed to Jennifer Vitt.

“I was like, ‘I don’t think I have a choice now,’ ” Gase said with a smile. “I’m in.”

  • Two points on the above point: (1) Had no idea that Gase started under Nick Saban at LSU and (2) One wonders if Sean Payton wouldn’t allow Vitt out of his Saints contract to join his son-in-law in Chicago. Vitt in a consigliere role might be exactly what a first-time, 37 year-old head coach needs. (Vitt has never been a defensive coordinator but I don’t think it could be completely ruled out.)
  • If you took the average age of the four remaining head coaches and general managers it would be about 54-55 years old. If the Bears hired Gase they would enter the 2015 season with two 37 year-olds leading the way.

And let’s not forget the real reason I’d be excited about Adam Gase being hired as next Bears head coach: the Pace & Gase tee shirts.

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  • Trac

    Not interested in Gase in the slightest. Next!

    • willbest

      Me either. Bowles maybe. I like that we are interviewing the Lions DC. I hope we at least go back and look at Toub.

    • John Doe

      You are underestimating the Ryan Pace – Joe Vitt – Adam Gase connection.

      If Accorsi is orchasetrating this whole GM/HC search and had Pace in mind then it makes sense to have George and Ted interview Gase.

      I assume Ryan Pace has a pretty good idea about Adam Gase through Joe Vitt. He may have met or known him informally too.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I agree, risky. You cannot evaluate Gase properly because his QB was Peyton. Who knows which calls were by Gase and which were Peyton’s? Getting an experienced HC at this point and one who had recent success it going to be hard to come by.

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC

    • why the change of heart?

      • He’s a marine. He’s holding the Toub for HC flag like the marines holding the American flag in Iwo Jima, and both battle’s outcomes appear about as bleak.

    • Hold on for one more day…

      • GPLDAN

        They are on a mountain and then POP, they are on the beach!?

        The 80s were insane.

        • That blonde chick was hotter than I remember too. Red head not bad either.
          The fat chick, well…someone has to drive the hot chicks to the clubs.

          Gotta hold on, GP! whether in the Iwo Jima or Venice beach!

  • FQD1911

    Gase would really need to blow the interview out of the water…he has more learning to do.

  • willbest

    What if John Fox becomes available?

  • We might indeed be stuck with leftovers.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sees Cardinals DC Todd Bowles as the “leading candidate” to replace Mike Smith as Falcons head coach.
    The Falcons were in the Rex Ryan hunt, but lost out to the Bills. Bowles will interview for a second time with Atlanta on Wednesday. Per the Journal-Constitution, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is expected to stay with New England after his team advanced to the AFC Championship Game, nixing any opportunities for McDaniels to interview this week. Seahawks DC Dan Quinn is expected to go to the Jets. Bowles is said to be tight with new Falcons lead personnel man Scott Pioli, who is Bill Parcells’ son in low. Bowles worked under Parcells in Dallas and Miami. – Rotoworld

  • I’m not a big Gase fan at all. Mainly because of the Peyton effect. Too risky then IMO.

    • willbest

      But isn’t Quinn being propped up by one of the most ridiculous crop of defensive talent?

      At least with the Lions D coordinator you can see that he managed to whip that D from a dysfunctional group of talented misfits into a cohesive unit.

      • that certainly plays a factor, but in the case of working with a QB like Peyton, he calls all the plays on the field. History shows guys who become HCs after being OCs only with Peyton/Brady type QBs typically don’t fare well.
        I like Quinn because I love the style of Seattle’s D. The toughness and controlled aggression they play with.

  • Pace & Gase sounds like a horrible cop show.

  • GPLDAN

    The 4-letter says:

    Cutler is such a poison that until Pace makes it clear he will move him, nobody worth a fuck wants to touch the coach killer or the Bears.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/jon-greenberg/post/_/id/615/could-cutler-factor-impact-bears-coach-search

    Greenberg all but says here that Kubiak asked if Cutler was going to go, and when that answer was ambiguous, he re-upped with the Ravens to make a statement.

    • If Kubiak joined the Bears, Cutler would be the first QB to LITERALLY kill a coach.

      • GPLDAN

        Hello Mike Shanahan. Chicago has a big Tranny community, you will love it here.

    • BillW

      ESPN likes to stir up the pot so it may simply be BS.

      I can’t believe Pace is in love with Cutler. So if a coach he wanted said “only if Cutler goes” I can’t see him saying “sorry – next.” He’d at least say “let’s discuss”.

      Also don’t believe Kubiak reupped for any other reason than health. He has a well paying job where he is – why take on the stress of ANY HC job with his health in question.

    • willbest

      On the flip side you don’t know who has been on the phone inquiring about whether Cutler was available.

      And if Gary Kubiak (or any HC) says no to Cutler, they better damn well have a list of 4-5 QBs they really like handy.

      • BillW

        Another reason I think the story is BS.

    • that article is nothing but speculation.

      There are rumors Fox might be fired in Denver. You think Kubiak wouldn’t want that job? If he didn’t want the Bears, he would have turned down the Bears, like several GMs did to Jets (and at least one to Eagles).

      Instead he said “I’m staying in Baltimore,” indicating he likes where he is and doesn’t want to interview for any coaching gig. That’s a BIG distinction.

      The top HC candidates on the market have all either expressed desire to be in Chicago or agreed to interview. Until guys start turning Chicago down but interviewing in other spots, I’m not worried.

  • NewBearInTown

    I think Joe Philbin is the best example of what you’d hope to get from Adam Gase. Philbin was Aaron Rodger’s OC and carried a lot of the same concerns. He seems to have established himself as a solid choice in Miami.
    Mike McCoy was a similar prospect, though he left Denver before Peyton got there. McCoy has done great work in San Diego.
    I will note, however, that neither San Diego or Miami has really come on as a serious contender. Both flirt with the playoffs, but neither has seen the AFC championship game. Both are quarterbacked by players similar to Cutler – solid QBs that their teams have decided to rally around, but not top 5 talents. That’s basically exactly the situation in Chicago.
    If we hire Gase and turn into another Miami or San Diego, we will win some games, maybe compete for a wild card, but we will struggle to get out of Green Bay’s shadow for as long as Rodgers is leading their offense.

    • GPLDAN

      Do you think Cutler is as good as Phillip Rivers?

      • This is a trick question, NB. Don’t do it!

        • GPLDAN

          I had a dream last night that I was in the red lodge from Twin Peaks and the midget kept walking backwards and saying “we stand breathless on the clean edge of change”.

          Weird weird stuff.

      • NewBearInTown

        Doesn’t matter. They’re both good enough to be entrenched starters on an offense, but not good enough to transcend the league (like a Peyton Manning).
        Cutler and Rivers can both put up good stats with good receivers. The big 5 (Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees and now Luck) can do it with me playing tight end. The lower tier (someone like, say, Geno Smith) can’t do it even with talent catching the ball.

        • The correct answer is yes, NB. Rivers is indeed better than Cutler.
          Once upon a time, it was debatable, like MJ vs Prince.
          But as Chapelle once declared, Prince won.

          • BillW

            Never saw Prince go one on one with MJ. What kind of jumper does he have?

          • Michael Jackson. The “other” MJ.

          • BillW

            I know. Pulling your leg.

          • NewBearInTown

            No, I would rank Rivers above Cutler. But I would rank Tannehill below Cutler. That’s why, for the purposes of this comparison, I group all three players in the same category.

    • DaBearsBlog

      What has McCoy done in SD that Norv didn’t do?

  • Big Mike

    We’re going to get some obscure coach from out of left field again. SMH

    • GPLDAN

      Who is rocking the CFL these days?

    • BillW

      Yep. We lost to everyone – just as Biggsy sort of predicted when he said our job was just slightly above the Raiders in appeal.

      Hiring Pace already may have been a bad idea I’m afraid to say. It could be no one wants to hitch their wagon to such a young GM.

      • BillW

        All the more reason to go further out of the box and hire Toub.

        • John Doe

          May not have been a bad idea to hire a 37 year old GM if they plan to hire 36 year old Adam Gase as HC.

          Nothing will say Bears are in for a long rebuild with these two youngsters as GM and HC. Let them learn on the job. Accorsi will be consultant / unofficial VP of football operations.

          • willbest

            Did they say Accorsi will hang around for a year or was it just a 3 month gig?

          • John Doe

            I read somewhere that he plans to stick around as a consultant even after GM HC search is done.

          • BillW

            Can he coach?

          • Big Mike

            Maybe we’ll end up looking like geniuses holding out for a coordinator from one of the 4 finalists

    • Trac

      Quinn is the target I hope. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

      • BillW

        The story is Quin going to the Jets. May not be any more true than Ballard as GM, but…

      • John Doe

        Once again, Quinn prefers Jets. They were ready to hire if Seattle had lost to Panthers.

        • Quinn has those NJ connections, but like any good ole NJ wise guy, make him an offer he can’t refuse.

          • BillW

            If you sign with the Jets, we’re trading Cutler over there,

    • willbest

      Bevell will be available. He likes the beastly RBs and the O-lines that take pressure off the QB. I would prefer him to Gase.

  • BillW

    So much for the idea that the Bears are a prime job. I have to admit I was wrong along with Jeff on that one. We can only attract candidates off the radar who are hungry for a chance.

    • It is beginning to feel like coming to a buffet 5 minutes before the restaurant closes.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Only one coach has been hired and it was a coach the Bears had zero interest in.

        • BillW

          I suspect it will be before too long.

    • based on what? Kubiak staying put? I read that more as where he’s at personally than interest in Chicago.

      No coaches who are interviewing have turned down the Bears for an interview yet that I’ve heard of. Same with GMs.

      Another coach choosing to go somewhere else when offered doesn’t mean Bears are a bad job. Bears just haven’t offered yet, and they’re not gonna wait around and risk losing a job.

      • BillW

        Kubiak staying put I understand. An d while I’m not excited about any of the candidates we’ve interviewed or scheduled, it seems the best of them are going elsewhere. Obviously it could be Ballard-esque media stuff, but Bowles and Quinn seemed set at Atl and NYJ.

        You said yourself Gase is risky. The Dt coord (whose name I guess I’ll remember if he;s hired) seems like a ???? to me. Even Del Rio (who I am not excited about) is likely to go to the Raiders.

        Who is left? The Dt guy, Shanny, Toub (which could be the Pace like surprise). Anyone I’m missing?

        My bet now is the Dt guy by process of candidate self-elimination. Sorry – but that strikes me as picking the last girl left at closing time.

        True or not; fair or not; this is why I wanted Cutler gone now. The perception that he continues to screw things up – even if unfair – is just getting tiring to me. He’s like a dead weight tied to a guy trying to run a race.

        • yes, but until these guys have offers from the Bears and are turning them down, that doesn’t mean Chicago’s a bad destination.

          Chicago has asked to interview several coaches so far, and every one of them has said yes except Kubiak, who said he’s staying put. They also had rumors of interest from Mike Shanahan and Rex Ryan, the two biggest names on the market, but have not yet contacted either of them.

          Same thing in GM search. Everybody who was looking for a GM job and was asked by Bears agreed to interview, even though several of them turned down other chances elsewhere.

    • It seems like we got two strikes against us, perceived or real.

      Sweaty Teddy – Cutty the Coach Killa.

      • GPLDAN

        Teddy issue is handled. Pace knew who his master would be.

        The HC hire has nothing to do with Ted. It’s ALL about Jay.

        • DaBearsBlog

          I don’t think the HC hire has much to do with Jay at all.

          • BillW

            I’d like the think you are right. I have my doubts even though it makes little to no sense. I really want that part of the Bears discussion over with and that won’t happen until he’s gone.

            If there is even one viable coaching candidate who said “I’ll pass” based on Jay (and I agree that seems hard to believe) then I hope Pace understands what he has to do.

          • GPLDAN

            Greenberg from ESPN directly contradicts that sentence.

          • So, McDaniels would be an option like Quinn?

    • John Doe

      Bears turned down Rex Ryan. You bet he was interested.

    • I wouldn’t say Bears are a prime job, but they’re not a terrible one either. I’d put SF first in terms of roster talent, but then CHI is pretty even with ATL for next. If I had to choose one of those 2 teams to go to, I’d probably pick ATL due to not having GB in the division.

      • SF office seem pretty tyranical though if they ran Harbs out of town, imagine their tolerance for a guy who doesn’t go to the SB right away.

        Granted, Harbs was not the easiest guy to get along with by some reports, but that would give me pause if I were an HC prospect.

        • yeah, but I don’t know if that’s more Harbaugh than the GM. Just in terms of roster talent, though, they’re easily the best

          • They’re not mutually exclusive. From what I read, both camps were egomaniacs, and that’s why they couldn’t co-exist.

            So I imagine they’ll get an HC to play along, much like the Raiders and Cowboys.

          • Johnnywad

            And it won’t be below zero there tomorrow.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Bears are a prime job. But these are the candidates. There are no star candidates. Bears don’t have interest in Rex Ryan, Mike Shanahan types.

      • BillW

        To be honest, I thought the Bears job was THE prime job, not just A prime job. I was wrong. I guess the Jets and Atlanta are “primer” jobs than Chicago. Unless the media is hopelessly fooled two more times, they are getting what appears to be the top two HC candidates.

        There are no star candidates – like there are no star QBs we can get. I hope they don’t give the new guy more than a 3 year contract.

        • there is no evidence those are more prime jobs. Nobody who was asked by both teams turned down Chicago. Two who were asked by both turned down Jets (for GM, not HC, but still).

          Bears are taking their time more than those teams, so they’re hiring first. Doesn’t mean they’re better jobs.

          • BillW

            If Bowles and Quinn end up with Atlanta and the Jets, I’m sure the Bears will claim they weren’t interested in them. But by your own analysis (which I respect as I’ve said many times) those are the two best candidates in your opinion.

            Now its true they haven’t turned down the Bears – and they won’t probably They will simply sign elsewhere and the Bears will be able to say they were not turned down. I’ve written this before – that’s how it works in business. They don’t want to be turned down so rarely is an offer made unless it’s known it will be accepted. Semantics for sure, but company HR departments work that way.

          • they interviewed both, but never offered. Bears are still bringing guys in for first interviews while everybody else is offering jobs. So yeah, they’ll lose out on some guys, because they don’t want to wait for Chicago and risk losing the current offer. But that doesn’t mean the Bears are a bad job.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Look, do we really need to hire an HC right now? If they (The Bears Ownership/Committee) don’t already know who they are going to grab…sit back and let the season and SB blow over. Perhaps then they will evaluate after the usual suspects are gone.

    • it’s important in that you need as much time as possible to evaluate personnel both on your team and around the league before FA starts, which is in early March. What personnel you keep/let walk and who you target in FA depends on what kind of offense and defense you want to run, which depends on coaches.

      Same goes for evaluating draft prospects, which has a big event in Mobile next week at the Senior Bowl.

      • Senior Bowl is already next week!? Holy crap.

      • John Doe

        There is East West Shrine game this Saturday.

        Would have been nice to have coaches in place ready to take a first hand look at prospects.

      • BillW

        To say nothing of hiring coordinators.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Yeah, I see the point. Then IF they don’t already know who they want…is it safe to say we are not going to get someone with successful experience as a HC already and have to settle/take a chance on someone unproven?

        • honestly, with Harbaugh, Rex, and Kubiak off the market, there’s not another retread HC out there I want.

          • Cowher? Parcells?
            Not that it’s going to happen.

          • No and hell no. Cowher last coached the year the Bears went to the SB. Same for Parcells. They’re both older guys too, so won’t be around for long, most likely.

            And no coach has ever won a SB with a 2nd team.

          • CanadaBear

            The chin came out about a week ago and said he’s happy at CBS and isn’t going to coach at this time. That tells me he’s done. The fire’s out.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Fox?

          • personally, not for me. He’s 60 and an average coach. He’s a safe hire for sure, but also a low ceiling one who won’t be around for a long time.

          • BillW

            A bridge coach until a better one comes along?

          • that would be what this is, IMO. You’d get him for 4-5 years, have an overall record near .500 with him around, and probably 1-2 playoff berths in that time. Restores credibility to the franchise, no off-field embarrassments.

            But I’d rather make the risky hire now than later. The pressure to win immediately is (or should be) lower now than in 5 years. Fox to me is ideally suited for a veteran team built to win now, which is not the Bears. Maybe the Bears in 2012, or even heading into last year. Not now, IMO.

  • This reminds me of a Bill Burr seg.

    Chris Johnson possessed two handguns in his vehicle on Friday night when he was arrested.
    Per the New York Post, Johnson initially lied to the arresting officer. The officer asked Johnson if there were other weapons in the car, and Johnson said, “No, that is the only one.” Johnson rushed for 663 yards and one touchdown in 2014. If the Jets were to cut him, they would save $3.75 million against their cap.

    • regardless of off-field concerns, saving $4M for a guy who produces like a RB2 is a no-brainer.

      • I never understood the Jet’s philo.
        They’re a run heavy team that decided to go with two dubious RBs.
        You’d figure they would have drafted the best HB in one of these drafts, esp to help out Geno.

  • GPLDAN

    Here is Luftwaffle’s hero:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/im-not-dying-tonight-ex-nfl-player-recalls-epic-swim-n284621

    Make a helluva TV movie. Shark part made me shiver.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Still wondering why Bevell gets no love…no matter what though I would like to see Rob Chudzinski in here as an OC.

  • John Doe

    The Advocate @theadvocatebr · 1h1 hour ago
    Sources: LSU has been in contact w/ Kirby Smart & Mel Tucker about defensive coordinator job. http://bit.ly/1y5eRvg

  • GPLDAN
  • BillW

    Any examples of a coach (besides Ditka) who was a surprise hire and worked out well? Maybe Jon Harbaugh. Pete Carroll was a surprise to me too but he wasn’t a surprise hire.

    There are certainly a lot of examples of failed coaches coming from “hot coordinators”.

    I’m trying to be optimistic.

    • honestly, it’s kind of a crap shoot. Really no such thing as a can’t-miss HC hire. Belichick was awful in Cleveland and then incredible in NE.

    • Wasn’t Shula a surprise hire, back in the day?
      Not many predicted Tomlin, if I remember correctly.

      Goes the other way too. McDaniels was hot shit, then he really did become a hot shit HC.

      Like Jwood said, it’s sort of a crap-shoot.

      Even retreads – some learn (Carrol, Bill), some don’t or the game has passed them by (Gibbs, etc).

      • you look at the title-winning coaches in recent times, and a lot of them were on their 2nd HC job. Dungy, Belichick, Gruden, Coughlin, Carroll.

        • That would be a good article. How many SB winning HCs were first time vs second time HCs.
          Off the top of my head, I can only think of Sean Payton. Tomlin. Harbs came close.

          Edit. Meant to qualify, in the last ten years.

          • Harbaugh in Baltimore.

          • McCarthy in GB was 1st timer. Gruden in PIT. So seems about even. in last 15 years (that’s back to 2000, uggh I feel old)

          • DaMurph

            Gruden in Tampa.

          • right, COwher in PIT

          • BillW

            Lombardi. Ditka. McCarthy. Holmgren. All in our back yard.

          • BillW

            Chuck Knoll. Bill Walsh. Seiffert.

            Lots

        • BillW

          So maybe there is simply a weak pool of candidates this time around. But it’s not like a weak pool of safeties or LBs or even QBs – where you get one to hold the position until you find the right one. Whoever we get we will be dissecting from game one through game 32 at least. I said earlier I hope it’s a 3 year contract. Seems we are picking from a pool of very risky candidates.

  • BearDown100393

    The guy the Bears needed to hire was Jim Harbaugh.

    • John Doe

      Jim Harbaugh would have never taken job right after Trestman was fired.

      Harbaugh was a complete pipe dream.

      • BerwynBomber

        Hah! You beat me to it.

        • BearDown100393

          I understand and that is actually the point. The dream job should be head coach for the Bears, especially for a former Bear. Not Michigan. The culture changer needed for the franchise would have been Harbaugh.

          • BerwynBomber

            I never bought that Harbaugh’s ties were all that despite being a former Bear. If you look at his playing career, his best days (by far) were with Indianapolis. Da Coach grabbing his facemask and spitting in his face might be iconic for the meatheads, but who knows what it means to Harbaugh himself.

          • CanadaBear

            The way his personality wears people out, he’s perfect at the college level. By the time the players are ready to kill him, they’re gone.

          • BerwynBomber

            My sense is he will return to the pros in about five years.

          • Johnnywad

            Bingo

          • Much like me with women. After about 3-4 years, next crop!

            (then I’ll be old and alone, but at least have Da Blog on interdimensional internet)

          • CanadaBear

            By then you can use Irish as your wing man. You know you’d have all the white women to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • I’ll take the brunnettes with real boobs, MB can get his Schikstas of blond bimbos with fake ones, and Irish can take the Pam Olivers of the world!

    • BerwynBomber

      That was always a pipedream. Maize and Blue roots were strong, and even stayed in the pros, he might very well have chosen Oakland because of CA.

  • One coach hired (Rex) & its a coach Bears had zero interest in. Not
    sure why fans so impatient w/hiring process. They’ve had GM for 4 days. – Jeff

    Natives are getting restless because it seems like every other team has signed or is linked to a coveted candidate already (Rex, Bills, – Quinn, Jets), and we’re worried we’ll get stuck with leftovers.

    • BillW

      Kind of obvious to most of us why. Not sure why Jeff is surprised. Doesn’t mean I’m right for being impatient or thinking we’re going to get stuck with a loser. But c’mon Jeff – “Not sure why?” I think you know.

      I hate Twitter, by the way.

    • BerwynBomber

      Slow process for all teams (not named Buffalo) in the market. Senior Bowl is soon, right?

  • GPLDAN
    • BerwynBomber

      Saw that. Explains a lot of his drop-off in the second half of the season.

      • willbest

        No it doesn’t. The second half of the season is week 9, the injury supposedly happened in week 15.

  • BillW

    Jeff:

    “Still haven’t heard single head coaching name directly from Ryan Pace. Must imagine he has ideas not from pool everyone is interviewing.”

    Morrone? Please, no.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      ‘he has ideas not from pool everyone is interviewing’ means he should already have interviewed or made schedule with them.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I don’t even know if this guy is a god OC, yet alone a good/great HC.

    I see him as a Trestman type of a hire.

  • Viva

    Jeff,

    Spotlight Dave Toub, please.

    Viva

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    John Fox is now available.

    • Trac

      Problem with that is Denver is looking to gobble up a coach as well. Fox is a good coach.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Makes me think Peyton is gone.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Or promote Gase.

        • Trac

          Prolly right.

    • GPLDAN

      Marty Hurney, the Panthers GM, just said he expects John Fox to land in Chicago.

      • Trac

        Could be why they mutually parted ways.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve always said he’s a slightly smarter version of Lovie.

  • Thisguy_justsaid

    Pass on Gase.

  • Johnnywad

    Is it possible Pace has quietly waited on Fox? If so, thats a lot of swag for a brand new 37 year old GM.

  • willbest

    Of course its now possible that Gase is the front runner for the Denver job

  • BerwynBomber

    Urban Meyer anyone? Surprised no NFL team has expressed interest. Seems to have done everything a coach can do in college, plus he is relatively young.

    • GPLDAN

      Steve Spurrier redux

    • NewBearInTown

      I don’t think there’s a team in the league that could offer Meyer a contract to take him away from college. Harbaugh just left the Niners to go back to college for all the reasons that Meyer will never coach in this league.

  • Thisguy_justsaid

    John fox has been part of three losing super bowl teams. Just thought Id say that.

    • 4rth time the charm?

      Panthers, Broncos…what are the other two? Can’t recall.

      • Thisguy_justsaid

        He was a DC for the giants when they lost with Fassel I believe.

        • not his fault kerry collins threw 5 INTs. or is it….

          • Trac

            You mean Jake Delholme.

          • no, i meant kerry collins. jakey d wasn’t the giants quarterback when they got smacked in the superbowl.

          • Trac

            Sorry, I thought you were referencing Delholmes 5 int playoff performance.

          • it’s ok. i forgive you. we must stick together in dark days like this.

          • Thisguy_justsaid

            Kerry Collins now theres a name I forgot.

    • Trac

      I’m still pulling for Quinn.

  • Thisguy_justsaid

    can anyone please tell me why Ted Phillips is part of any of the interviews?

  • Big Mike

    John Fox… There you have it. Ties to Accorsi, experience, etc, etc. Still hasn’t one the SB, but no HC has ever won a SB with 2 teams… let the shouting begin about how Peyton Manning is the only reason that team was any good

    • Nah. He got Panthers right when they were an expansion team, right? We’re pretty much an expansion team, though Arians whiff last year is beginning to give me heartburn.

      • BillW

        Yes. (Or “This”) . We are essentially an expansion team. A few good parts left over (ala an expansion pool) and a few real good parts (fa and or extra draft picks) but a lot of building to do

        • Big Mike

          We have better talent than anyone is giving/taking credit for. This is a team that can go worst to first. The only reason it was worst is because we had a terrible coaching staff. Made every unit worse. Tell me Marinelli doesn’t get more out of that defensive roster, there are a 1/2 dozen OCs out there that could have gotten more out of our offense than Trestman/Kromer

          If the Bears land Fox, they are going to surprise people next year. They will not be an easy out.

          You watch Big Mike is putting his foot down here.

          Also rooting for Ohio State tonight. Not sure how this turns out, but need to pull for the Big Ten.

          • GPLDAN

            As a Wolverine, I can’t do it. I hope Oregon runs them off the field.

          • Jack Lacan

            Sorry, but as a Spartan I will stay with The Ohio State University…Is there anything more annoying that “The Ohio State University”…
            I do understand yr Ducks support however…

          • GPLDAN

            Plus Kyle Long is a Duck.

          • And I’m pretty sure, that’s Burfict, himself an enforcer.

            http://i.imgur.com/irl3vly.jpg

          • Jack Lacan

            That IS a good point – what is there to say…

          • Big Mike

            One of the reasons I like college FB is that I have no blind allegiances.

      • Big Mike

        I think he’s the best guy available. He also has a real good shot at putting together a great coaching staff.

  • Thisguy_justsaid

    I think it comes down to either Bowles or Austin.

  • GPLDAN

    John Elway is going to hire Marc Trestman.

    “grow the horse”

  • willbest

    Peyton Manning has 5 million of dead money on his contract, and 16.5 million in Cap savings. Broncos might be in the market for Cutler =)

  • GPLDAN

    Sean Payton and John Fox both worked for Parcells. So the whole Accorsi tree with Pace is playing out.

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      Think he falls under Bill Walsh coaching tree GP

      • GPLDAN

        Fox was the DC for the 2000 Giants who played the Ravens in the SB. Accorsi was the GM of the Giants in 2000. And Fox was with Parcells at the Giants as the DC before then, I need to line up the timeline there.

        Sean Payton was the QB coach for the 2000 Giants.

        • That’s neck deep connections. That’s like the Gambino family tree there.
          Then again, Ballard was neck deep too.

        • Thisguy_justsaid

          Acutally he wasn’t ever a DC for Parcells. It was Jim Fassel who he DC for and that was 97 to 01. Parcells was gone before then GP.

  • John Doe

    I like how this Accorsi guy is doing things…

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    Ian RapoportVerified account‏@RapSheet

    Talked to an executive with a team that has a coaching opening. “We expected John Fox to be out there this afternoon.” Not a shock to all

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 33m33 minutes ago

    John Fox’s best friend in coaching is Sean Payton. #Bears GM Ryan Pace worked closely with Payton. Safe to say Fox has all the info he needs

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 1h1 hour ago

    The #Bears had been considering a veteran coach to pair with a young GM Ryan Pace. There wasn’t one available. With John Fox, now there is

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      and the plot thickens….

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Well… it’s Pace’s decision. And I don’t think he ever thought ‘I’ll get a veteran because I’m young’.

    • Trac

      I would be at peace with Fox. Worse case could be as a transitional HC while we rebuild. I’ll bet right now he’s our next HC.

      • Jack Lacan

        At my age I just hope that the “rebuild” will last not excessively long.
        I’d rather not watch the Bear lose with a morphine drip on my death bed…Ok?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Emery did the rebuild.

        • BillW

          Beast! . (Just a light heartened jab. No offense meant at all)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            yeah…I got it. I enjoy these jokes. That being said people can’t rewrite history. It’s damaging.

      • BillW

        Absolutely. There is no one great out there anyway

  • It struck me that reading this blog can make you a PhD in Football. We know far too much about it, and I fear the Bud Bundy effect…

  • George Hotchkiss

    For all the folks wanting John Fox, did you not notice he was badly out coached by the colts Staff? I mean wicked bad.

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