Readers Thoughts: Coaching Search

Back in 1999 and 2004, I followed the Bears’ searches for a new head coach intently to the last detail. Differences at that time were that I had a hell of a lot more time on my hands, and (even in 2004) every tiny detail wasn’t available virtually immediately as it is now. Therefore, I was better able to have a handle at all times on what was going on.

This time around, I’m getting a little overwhelmed by all of the candidates and their statuses. This is a GREAT thing that Phil Emery is overturning every stone in the search for the right candidate. In 1999 and 2004, none of the candidates overwhelmed me. I think I hoped for Brian Billick in ’99, but the Ravens acted decisively while Michael McCaskey waited weeks for his minions to do their work. Then I hoped for Dave McGinnis, but that was only because of his connection to Mike Ditka. So that desire wasn’t necessarily the best thing that could have worked out.

In 2004, I suppose looking back that Tom Coughlin was the best candidate. But again, Jerry Angelo’s comedic search process ruined the possibility of hiring any of the best candidates. When it finally came down to Russ Grimm or Lovie Smith, I preferred Smith.

I can’t believe how different things are going this time around. I don’t have a real preference at this point-there seem to be so many up-and-coming candidates with positive virtues that I just don’t know myself. Thank God for everyone I’m not in charge, and being the General Manager of my own family and life, I have enough of my own to concentrate on.

I only have two thoughts at this point. The first is that I have actually started moving away from thinking that a Holmgren or (John) Gruden would be the right choice. I think that to truly build for the future, the Bears would be better off finding the NEXT Holmgren or Gruden. And second, I can’t believe it, but I actually feel that the General Manager of the Bears is going to make the right decision! How refreshing.

The only slight reservation I am feeling is if Phil Emery hires based on a previous connection, like Joe Decamillis, or a simple obsession with a military background, such as Mike Sullivan. I’m not saying that I think either of these candidates aren’t the right choice-they may be. But I hope Emery isn’t going to use personal preferences such as this as more important than the overall goal of getting the right guy.

But again, the great thing is, Emery has done nothing to make me think that he won’t make the absolute right decision. Whether the new hire might be Mike McCoy, Tom Clements, Bruce Arians, Sullivan, Marc Trestman or Rick Dennison, I really think he’s going to make the right hire.

I also see this morning that Seattle’s offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has been added to the list. I’m a little concerned there that I don’t remember Bevell having a lot of success unless/until he received players such as Brett Favre or Russell Wilson. But again, I trust in Emery.

I am eager to hear what you think!

3 Responses to “Readers Thoughts: Coaching Search”

  1. My 1st choice would be Gruden, but Tirico said on “Waddle & Silvy today he doesn’t think Gruden is leaving the MNF booth. My 2nd choice would be Bruce Arians. Impressive job w/ Andrew Luck, 9-3 as an interim coach. I just want the next coach to have an offensive background as I think it would really help Cutler out.

  2. I’m probably in the minority here, but I don’t want to see them bring in someone like Gruden or Cowher. I’d like to see them go out and get someone who is equipped to compete in what the NFL has become. I agree with something Dan Bernstein said the other day, “Don’t get an old offense, get the next offense”; meaning that someone from the new school would be ideal. I just don’t expect to see these older coaches having a lot of success. Again, probably in the minority but that’s my two cents.

  3. I don’t have positive or negative feelings one way or the other over Emery’s approach. But I will say that objectively looking at what he has said about how he is conducting his search, leaving no stone unturned, etc. sounds an awful lot like the drivel we used to hear from Angelo on his projects. I mean, Emery’s job is to look as broadly as possible for a new HC, so I have a hard time giving him bonus points and patting him on the back for his approach to the search.

    So far I still see and hear McCoy’s name being thrown around as the supposedly logical fit and best guy for the job. I’m just not sold on that, and the heavy pursuit of him by multiple teams as the so called next offensive genius sounds exactly like the hype that surrounded Josh McDaniels before he turned into the worst HC hire and disaster in recent history by any team.

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