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2018 Bears Head Coach Power Rankings

| October 2nd, 2017

The Bears might have a new coach next year. Or they might not. Who the heck knows, but it’s never too early to start looking at some of the candidates.

At this point, I’m assuming Ryan Pace will still be the GM. If that’s the case, I don’t see either Josh McDaniels or Jim Harbaugh being an option. And, truth is, I’m not sure either is that great of an option, anyway. McDaniels didn’t just fail in Denver, he completely flamed out. I question Harbaugh’s sanity and if he’s actually a good offensive coach.

Editor’s Note: I think Andrew is nuts and also think Harbaugh is the second best football coach in the country.

I didn’t include college coaches because they almost all just leverage the NFL to get pay raises. The ones who do ultimately come to the league typically aren’t any good.

It’s entirely possible Fox will be back for the last year of his contract, so he’s included in this list. So are many of the usual suspects. As many would guess, I gave preference to offensive coaches because I want no part of a defensive coach handling Mitch Trubisky unless he has a proven offensive coordinator coming with him. I had a hard time pairing the top defensive coordinators with offensive guys who fit that description.

Here’s the list:

1. Sean Payton. There are a lot of reasons why this could happen and why it could be a great fit. Pace needs someone he trusts to groom his quarterback. If Payton can bring a good defensive coordinator along with him, it would be hard to argue against. The name to watch is Mike Nolan.

2. John Fox.聽 If Fox can keep the Bears near .500 and finish 7-9, he’s a lock. Hell, even if he finishes 6-10, he’s probably coming back. He needs this to be like his first year in Denver where he builds positive momentum with his defense and running game.

3. Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter will come highly recommended by Adam Gase, a guy for whom Ryan Pace has a lot of respect. Cooter was connected to the Bears last year when it was erroneously reported that Fox would likely be fired. It’s hard to ignore how much he’s gotten out of Matt Stafford. Plus, his last name is Cooter.

4. Mike McCoy. With connections to quite a few of the people currently on the Bear staff, McCoy could be an attempt to keep continuity. He’s a guy to watch because if he has the Broncos in the top 10 offensively with Trevor Siemian at QB, he deserves another head job.

5. Ron Rivera. Cam Newton might be broken and things could get ugly for Carolina if he is. That could spell the end for Rivera who would be entering a lame duck season in 2018. Pace is familiar with Chico from competing against him in the NFC South and Rivera has a good relationship with Norv Turner, who could be the guy he taps to run his offense.

6. Dowell Loggains. The Bears have to score more points to make this possible, but I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. Loggains is very well respected throughout the league and Pace has to be aware of the fact that he’s making him work with one arm tied behind his back.

7. Darrell Bevell. Has coordinated a number of top-notch offenses and developed a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Bevell’s resume is pretty impressive on paper but it’s unfortunate that Seattle management refuses to give him an offensive line. If not for the Super Bowl mistake a few years ago, he’d probably already be a coach. But his error wasn’t as bad as Kyle Shanahan’s.

8. Teryl Austin. A bright defensive mind who I could see bringing Greg Roman with him to run the offense. I’d like to see a creative coordinator like Austin work with Leonard Floyd.

9. Todd Haley. He was such a prick in Kansas City that he hasn’t gotten another sniff. But the former Bears assistant is unquestionably a bright offensive mind. Perhaps he learned from his stint in KC?

10. Pat Shurmur.聽Before last Sunday, the Vikings’ offense was second in yardage, twelfth in scoring and third in passing yardage despite playing two games with Case Keenum. Hell, the first game they only had Sam Bradford. If this continues, Shurmur is going to get a head job in 2018.

Other names to watch: Frank Smith, Steve Sarkisian, Todd Downing, Matt LeFleur, Scott Linehan, Alex Van Pelt.

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  • That Guy

    First to say FireJohnFox.com is available.

  • Sahr Gborie

    The question of Harbaugh鈥檚 sanity aside his qualifications as a good offensive coach should not be questioned.

    Anyone on that list is OK except:
    1. Fox…do I really need to explains why?
    2. Payton does not know defense this teams window for winning is about to open up next year
    3. Loggains has not had much to work with but that’s not a reason to make him HC.

    Why is Dave Toube not on this list?

    • Irish Sweetness

      And what was all the love for Gase in aid of? That was the worst football I’ve seen in many a year, and I’d like to thank Adam for making it easy for me to go to bed.

      If Loggains gets it going with Mitchell then he should stay OC, not promote him out of something he may have done well in. We need a HC who knows what he’s doing, not gibing some young guy a tryout.

  • EnderWiggin

    Fox isn’t going anywhere. 5-3 at the bye.

    • Sahr Gborie

      5-3 at the bye if MT plays

    • CanadaBear

      Holy crap 4-0 against the Queens, Ravens, Panthers and Saints!?! That’s a bold statement! Hope you’re right (kinda doubt it).

      • Sahr Gborie

        Queens can go either way

        Ravens – Jaguars took their manhood. So can we
        Panthers don’t have a QB
        Saints dont have a defense

        • SC Dave

          You must not have watched Cam yesterday.

  • Irish Sweetness

    How is Chucky not on this list?

    There’s three guys on that list that have sniffed a super bowl at least. Gruden’s gagging for a HC gig.

    I could get behind Chucky.

    Questions for Data (or anyone who knows):

    1. What percentage of Tarik Cohen’s snaps see him get the ball?

    2. Do we have targets/passes defensed etc. for our corners thus far?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Chucky has been away from coaching for almost 10 years. IMO he is getting right up there on par with the ‘Chin’ on loss of credibility of talent evaluation. He is just out of touch.

    • Sahr Gborie

      We can not win with Foxy unless we have a competent QB. Foxy would not know a competent QB if one was drafted for him. Fox has not shown that he can motivate this team to win. If you need any evidence just look at any of the games we have lost since he has been here. He has lost his fire.

      Harbaugh is fire and motivation.

      Keep Gruden as far away from the Bears as possible. He is all glory and no guts. Not any more.

    • CanadaBear

      If Gruden hasn’t taken a coaching job by now, he’s not interested.

      • Scharfinator

        That guy blathers way too much too. I’d be flabbergasted if he came back to coaching and was any good at it.

        • CanadaBear

          After old head coaches get on TV most of the competitive fire gets turned down low. The money on TV is good enough and the hours are way better. Not to mention, if they have a loving family, why would they want to work non-stop and never see them?

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    The problem I have with a lot of the guys on the list is their inability to establish a great run game on a consistent basis. We seem to have 2 great RBs. Do we want someone like Payton who is so pass oriented that he seems to just ignore the rush? Cooter has yet to be able to get the run game going in Detroit, this seems to be changing a little in his 3rd year but I am still hesitant.

    I know it is a passing league but with a rookie QB whoever it is needs the ability to take the pressure off him with a good running game. So I would lean towards Bevell or Haley. Loggains would only interest me if he can put together good game plans when MT finally starts.

    • ButtonShoes

      We do not want Payton. If Harbaugh is available you make a run at him. That’s who you ideally want.

    • Sahr Gborie

      No point in giving yourself false hope with Loggains.

      Payton is too pass happy.

      No previous HC at all except Harbaugh

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        The only reason I give Loggains any shot was he made Hoyer and Barkley look decent last year. Unfortunately Glennon looks like garbage this year. He would have to make dramatic improvements going forward .

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    BTW have we brought in anyone for tryouts at Kicker? He has already missed 2 FG inside the 50.

  • Scharfinator

    Anyone watch the Bills/Falcons highlights? Bills won that game because they have an actual professional kicker. Amazing what a difference that makes.

    Also… “Editor鈥檚 Note: I think Andrew is nuts and also think Harbaugh is the second best football coach in the country.” Really? Better than either Saban or Belicheck? I’d understand third. 馃檪

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      That is one thing that has pissed me off about Pace so far. He seems to overlook that aspect of the game.

      • Scharfinator

        Yup.

        Related note. Gould is 11/11 this season playing for San Fran. Fuck me!

        • Sahr Gborie

          Pace has made some really questionable decisions since being GM:
          1. Glennon
          2. Slauson
          3. Gould

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            You guys need to quit slobbering all over Goulds dick. The guy cost us 2 games his last year and missed 6 FGs. It was not a questionable decision, it was the right move to get rid of him. The year before his missed 3-4 before injury and the year before that he missed 3-4 also. AND a lot of those misses were less than 40 yards. AND he could not get a touchback to save his life.

          • Scharfinator

            I understand why they cut him. I don’t understand why we haven’t found a viable replacement.

          • Sahr Gborie

            Why cut him unless you have a viable replacement?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            because he SUCKED.

          • SC Dave

            Your opinion on this matter is well known, and misses the point.

            There were two seasons where Robbie Gould had a lower percentage than Connor Barth did last season – his rookie year in 2005, and on the 2014 Trestman team.

            So the argument about no viable replacement is perfectly legitimate, especially given that Gould has not missed since he left the Bears.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Your argument about Gould not missing since is invalid. He MISSED 3 extra points last year and one this year already. He also hasn’t attempted anything over 50 since he left, PLUS he is still not getting touchbacks.

          • Scharfinator

            He’s 100% on FG and missed an XP. (1 point swing)

            Barth is 50% on FG and hit all his XP. (6 point swing)

            Gould is worth more points relative to opportunities given.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I don’t want either. And if you missing XP there is something wrong. really anything under 40 should be automatic unless weather related.

          • Scharfinator

            Totally agree that a competent 3rd party would have been best.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            also it is the kicker! it’s not RB or WR or any other position on the field where you have 2-3 guys of depth. No team carries more than one kicker, they have camp competitions, which was not the case when they moved on. Robbie had a couple sub par years. With his cap number, they cut him. Pace went with Barth. They should have had more competition. No team has viable replacements for Kickers on their teams.

          • Scharfinator

            That’s his point. No viable replacement on the team, we apparently couldn’t find one to compete with Barth, so for the reality the Bear’s are in, there *weren’t* any viable replacements anywhere. Keeping Robbie would have been the better choice.

            Hind sight is 20/20 though.

          • Scharfinator

            The definition of insanity….

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            should have had more competition last year, and better quality competition this year.

        • SC Dave

          Robbie hasn’t missed a FG since he left the Bears; he was 10 for 10 for the Giants last year.

          • Scharfinator

            Apparently the Bears = his yips.

      • DaBearsBlog

        I don’t think he overlooks it at all. I think he gets it wrong.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Was there even a competition last year at all? I thought Barth was the only one in camp. This year he brings in a Professional Skier turned K and a basket case to compete.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Pace loves Barth. He pursued him and wanted him. Pace does some weird shit.

          • SC Dave

            Indeed he does. Hopefully MT does not become one of them.

        • Sahr Gborie

          Like he got it wrong with Glennon right

    • SC Dave

      Pete Carroll has been pretty successful at Seattle, as has Mike Tomlin at Pittsburgh.

  • beninnorcal

    If Harbaugh were available(he isn’t), I would be very intrigued by the idea of him coming back to Chicago. Surely, it must bug him that he got so close to winning a SB.
    I would be excited. When Fox came to town, I was excited, mostly because he wasn’t Trestman. But I don’t really think Fox is a very good coach at all.

    • SC Dave

      I knew AD’s opinion would be unpopular around here because this blog is so gushy about Harbaugh. But I agree with AD – I’m not sure Harbaugh is sane.

      • Sahr Gborie

        While Harbaugh’s insanity got 49ers to several conference championships and a SB please tell me what has the list of sane coach the bears have had gotten us?

        • SC Dave

          It also got him fired after four seasons.

          A that team had players – and a guy that was widely praised for turning them into a great defense. Remember who that guy was?

          • Sahr Gborie

            Whats your point? 49ers higher ups are idiots. What has their record been since Harbaugh left?
            2015 – 2016 – 4th place in the division

            2014 8 – 8
            3rd place in the division

            2013 13 – 4
            2nd place in the division. Lost Conference Championship

            2012 11 – 4 – 1
            1st place in the division. Lost SB.

            2011 13 – 3
            1st place in the division. Lost Conference Championship.

            If this is what crazy gets you then I want insanity in Chicago

          • Scharfinator

            The dumpster fire that is SF management would have driven off pretty much anyone. Jed York is, apparently, a monster.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    This is just another lazy list from bloggers. Sean Payton thing is not happening.

    If the writer had dug a little bit deeper into Ryan Pace, he would come up with Pace’s top head coaching candidate Pete Carmichael Jr. – currently Saints Offensive Coordinator.

  • King of DBB

    Trumps tweet after Vegas:

    “My warmest condolences to the victims.”

    Jesus

    • CanadaBear

      Empathy is not his strong suit.

  • Cubsnlinux

    McNabb just said on Mike and Mike that Da Bears should stick with Glennon. He wants them to bring MT from the Carolina game. I heard him for 15 minutes this morning my ears started bleeding.

    • King of DBB

      Pace pays the media well to advance his agenda

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      The talking heads are only now starting to come around. They are hesitant to criticize a “starter” too much. For example, none of them said Savage should not be starter in Houston to start the year when it was announced. Now they are all wondering why Watson did not start the year. It is only now that Glennon looked like total garbage for 4 games that a few are starting to move on from the narrative that he is a good player that just needs the right situation.

      • Cubsnlinux

        I am afraid that the QB situation unfortunately will shake up this way in order of probability of happening –

        1. Fox sticks with Glennon
        2. Sanchez is #1, Glennon #2 and MT inactive
        3. MT starts, Glennon #2

        We all want #3 but these are the Bears and I think it is how it is going to shake up until the bye week.

  • King of DBB

    Hub said Watson was the most pro ready QB and would make whatever team that selected him late 1st round very happy.

    Nailed that one.

    • Scharfinator

      It sure seems that way.

    • Sahr Gborie

      Makes me want to see MT even more

    • Bender McLugh

      so far so good for Watson, and gives strong legs to the stand-pat-and-draft-Watson argument. Won’t know for sure of course until MT plays

  • King of DBB

    Wow. Pats D lowlights.

    That was insane. That was not pro football. At least line up correctly even if you have no idea what you are doing.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      they are missing Chicken Dinner. He was the key to that defence. LOL

      • SC Dave

        Was CD actually calling the defensive adjustments?

  • Big Mike

    Vic Fangio, not even on the list?

    • Sahr Gborie

      hes too old man. let it go. we need someone new, young and offensive minded. Fangio can stay as DC or assistant HC but that is it

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Some odd reason I think Fangio has the rep, valid or not, of being a little too rough around the edges and not “organized”(not the word i am looking for) enough for teams to really take him serious as a HC option.

      • Sahr Gborie

        He is too old school to really blend with these new kids. Outside of that he is a great coach. Defensive coach and players are not really known to be divas unlike guys on the other side of the ball

      • CanadaBear

        That’s always been my take when you see a successful coordinator that never gets a sniff. Those guys always seem like they are on the verge of saying something politically incorrect. Not that I would care but most owners do.

      • Big Mike

        In my mind Fangio would be the best internal candidate, like if they pulled the switch mid season (not likely). Too rough around the edges might be what the Chicago media wants. Helps them do their job. FYI, I don鈥檛 like Sean Payton as a candidate at all. I鈥檓 not fond of the whole recreate the Saints line of thinking. On top of that Sean Payton is to defense, what Lovie Smith was to offense. As for any of the up and coming coaches, never can tell, can you.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Agree. I don’t like Payton either but if Payton could get a decent D coach and not meddle it might work out. I look at the Rams new HC. He doesn’t seem to even watch the D when they are on the field. He is usually over with Goff and the O going over crap. It is kind of weird.

    • ButtonShoes

      Vic Fangio does not know how to coach up talent. You give him great players, he can run you a great defense. Give him shitty players? Your defense will be shit. Players don’t improve under him.

      • Big Mike

        That鈥檚 not at all accurate. Bears defense has consistently performed above its talent level.

  • Sahr Gborie

    Watching the Cowboys/Rams highlights and came away with 3 observations
    1 – Dez is beast…we really need upgrades at WR
    2 – a good QB does wonders for your team
    2.1 – Dak is an escape artist when it comes to pressure sometimes…he spun out of a sack to get a completion…not going to mention any names at all
    2.3 – Goff is looking like a winner in LA
    3. a good kicker is necessary

    • willbest

      Goff is looking like a textbook case of don’t jump to conclusions prematurely

      • Sahr Gborie

        that new HC is doing wonders for the kids ego

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        or awful Coaching can make a team and QB look bad

        • Sahr Gborie

          Fox. Trestman.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Trubisky named STARTER

    • ButtonShoes

      I can’t believe it took all this to do something that should’ve been done before the 1st preseason game.

    • CanadaBear

      Well that kicks the shit out of some conspiracy theories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CanadaBear

    Not sure how many guys were on here yesterday during the Miami game. Cutler looked like his usual self (if anything, he’s getting worse) and Johnny Waffle was on here in mid-season form with the regular excuses. Good Times!

    • willbest

      Yeah, Cutler has his decision making but without the power. Pace was right to move on. But choosing Glennin over Joshy Football…. Head scratcher.

      • BerwynBomber

        Choosing Glennon over a guy like Case Keenum is a head-scratcher.

        And I’m a long-time Cutty skeptic but he is still miles better than Glennon. Said this numerous times already, but I’d take Sanchize over Glennon. In a heartbeat.

    • Scharfinator

      Hah, did you see that wild cat play with JC? Funny stuff.

      “I’m too old for this shit”

    • BerwynBomber

      I caught the aftermath. Skimmed some of it. Apparently MIA lost because of their D (kid you not) and play-calling (no surprise).

      Still not ready to write that team off, though. They have too much talent and were a playoff team on the seeming rise just last year.

      But one unexpected (and unwelcome) wrinkle for them is that their division suddenly looks competitive from top-to-bottom. I thought NYJ and even BUF would be four easy games for MIA and NE. Doesn’t look the case.

      • CanadaBear

        Don’t care about the Jets but I’m really happy for Buffalo. Those poor fans have been through a lot. Hope Buffalo is for real.

        Not that I’m following it or anything but I thought Cutler personally looked bad yesterday. Not the QB stuff, he looked kinda gaunt and skinny. I’m guessing the diabetes is not being kind to him.

  • ButtonShoes

    Adam Schefter’s reporting that Trubisky is starting against the Vikings.

    FUCKING FINALLY. This pathetic, dysfunctional franchise actually managed to do something right for a fucking change. NOW CUT GLENNON.

    • Scharfinator

      From what I’ve seen from both, Sanchez should be our #2.

      • ButtonShoes

        Yup. Mark Sanchez is a flaming disaster as QB. But if it comes to him or Glennon as #2, make it Sanchez. And just cut Glennon. Get rid of him. Make him go away so we never have to see his ugly giraffe Napoleon Dynamite-esque mug ever again.

      • Sahr Gborie

        does not matter who the #2 is. they will never see the field ever again. the Trubi-Sky King is here to reign

        • Scharfinator

          Lol sounds good to me.

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  • Sahr Gborie

    Finally

    • ButtonShoes

      Only took 4 disastrous QB performances by Glennon to force the Bears to do the obvious.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    new thread, an in depth video of Jeff’s feelings on Trubs being named starter.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Dave Fucking Toub, Mother Fuckers

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  • Alex

    Dave Toub (HC) / Dowell Loggains (OC) / Todd Bowles (DC)

    * Given the Jets are doing better than expected it’s quite possible Bowles will still be a HC but he’d be my first pick to run the defence for Toub. Keeping Loggains would also Trubisky’s QB education to continue under 1 coach.

    Chudzinski as either a HC or OC? Chuck Pagano as a DC if he’s out after another disappointing Colts season. Or keep Vic.

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