Bears HC candidate profile: Get to know Leslie Frazier

We’re taking a look at what Leslie Frazier brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile.

The Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy after four years, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of head coach candidates that they’ve interviewed, including Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who interviewed earlier this week.

Let’s take a look at what Frazier brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile:

Bears GM candidate profile: Get to know Ran Carthon

We’re taking a look at what Ran Carthon brings to the table in our Bears GM candidate profile.

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace after seven seasons, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of GM candidates that they’ve extended interviews to, including San Francisco 49ers director of pro personnel Ran Carthon, who interviewed for the job last week.

Let’s take an in-depth look at what Carthon brings to the table in our Bears GM candidate profile:

Bears completed interviews with Todd Bowles, Dan Quinn for HC on Saturday

Todd Bowles and Dan Quinn interviewed for the Bears’ vacant head coach job on Saturday.

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of their searches for a new general manager and head coach following the firings of Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy last week.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will be conducting the GM search for the Bears, where they’ve been conducting interviews.

They completed two more interviews for their head coach job with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Saturday.

Bowles boasts more than 20 years of NFL coaching experience, which includes previously serving as the New York Jets head coach from 2015-18. While that didn’t wind up being a success, that’s not to say he can’t find success in his next stop. Bowles is someone with past coaching experience and with a defensive background, which would make finding a top offensive coordinator to develop quarterback Justin Fields and get this Bears offense on track a top priority.

Before joining Dallas, Quinn served as the Falcons head coach from 2015 to 2020. Quinn is a defensive-minded head coaching prospect who boasts 20 years of NFL coaching experience and could certainly be an intriguing option for the Bears, who reportedly were considering hiring Quinn back in 2015 before going with John Fox.

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Bears HC candidate profile: Get to know Byron Leftwich

We’re taking a look at what Byron Leftwich brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile.

The Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy after four years, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of head coach candidates that they’ve interviewed, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who interviewed earlier this week.

Let’s take a look at what Leftwich brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile:

Bears GM candidate profile: Get to know Ryan Poles

We’re taking a look at what Ryan Poles brings to the table in our Bears GM candidate profile.

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace after seven seasons, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of GM candidates that they’ve extended interviews to, including Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, who interviewed for the job this week.

Let’s take an in-depth look at what Poles brings to the table in our Bears GM candidate profile:

Bears HC candidate profile: Get to know Jim Caldwell

We’re taking a look at what Jim Caldwell brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile.

The Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy after four years, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of head coach candidates that they’ve interviewed, including former Detroit Lions/Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell.

Let’s take a look at what Caldwell brings to the table in our Bears head coach candidate profile:

Report: Bill Polian pushing for Matt Eberflus-Morocco Brown combo for Bears head coach, GM

Sounds like Matt Eberflus and Morocco Brown are the favorites for Bears head coach and GM. But there’s one GM candidate still firmly in it.

The Chicago Bears are wrapping up the second week of their head coach and general manager search, where there are some candidates starting to emerge as favorites for the vacancies.

The Bears would ideally like to have a GM in place before hiring a head coach. While they’ve been interviewing both GM and head coach candidates simultaneously, it seems like they’ve still committed to that. And there are some new favorites emerging.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, there’s been talk that Bill Polian, who’s assisting in the search, has been pushing for a Matt Eberflus-Morocco Brown combination at head coach and GM.

There’s an obvious Indianapolis Colts connection as Eberflus serves as the defensive coordinator while Brown serves as the college scouting director in Indy. Polian served as the Colts’ team president and GM from 1998-2011.

It’s the kind of arranged marriage that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

But Garafolo noted that there’s also a wild card in the mix in Chiefs executive Ryan Poles, who has impressed them. Poles is “firmly in the mix” for that GM vacancy, and he’s the first GM candidate to receive a second interview.

Poles has been in high demand this offseason as he was a finalist for the New York Giants GM position before they went with Joe Schoen as GM. Poles is also a finalist for the Minnesota Vikings GM opening.

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Ranking the Bears’ head coach candidates

The Bears have an interesting group of candidates for their head coach vacancy. We’re ranking them here:

The Chicago Bears are searching for a new head coach after parting ways with Matt Nagy last week, and there’s been no shortage of intriguing candidates to replace him.

The Bears requested to interview 11 candidates for head coach, and there are still four candidates yet to interview before the organization finalizes their list. And it’s certainly a diverse group, which includes offensive- and defensive-minded guys, as well as former head coaches.

While it’s difficult to rank the current crop of candidates, I’m ranking them based on my preference and qualification.

Bears request second interview with Ryan Poles for GM opening

The Bears have their first finalist for their GM opening as they’ve requested a second interview with Chiefs exec Ryan Poles.

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of their general manager and head coach searches, where they’ve been making their way down their extensive list of candidates.

The Bears interviewed Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles for their GM vacancy on Friday. And it didn’t take long for them to request a second interview with him.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Poles has asked to interview for the second time for the Bears GM job, an indication that he’s the first finalist for their opening.

Poles is also a finalist for the Minnesota Vikings GM opening, and was a finalist for the New York Giants job before they hired Joe Schoen.

Poles is considered a rising star within the Chiefs organization. He got his start as a scouting assistant with Kansas City in 2009 before making his ascent within the organization. He was promoted to director of college scouting in 2016 before he was promoted once more to assistant director of player personnel in 2018. Poles recently stepped into the role as Chiefs’ executive director of player personnel. He was a finalist for the Panthers GM job last offseason.

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Bears complete interviews with Leslie Frazier and Ryan Poles on Friday

Leslie Frazier and Ryan Poles interviewed for the Bears’ vacant head coach and GM jobs on Friday.

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of their searches for a new general manager and head coach following the firings of Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy last week.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will be conducting the GM search for the Bears, where they’ve been conducting interviews.

They completed two more interviews for their head coach job with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and for their GM job with Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles on Friday.

Frazier boasts over 20 years of NFL coaching experience, including serving as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-13. He’s served as a defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04), Vikings (2007-10), Buccaneers (2014-15) and now Bills (2017-21). As a player, he was a member of the 1985 Bears.

Poles is considered a rising star within the Chiefs organization. He got his start as a scouting assistant with Kansas City in 2009 before making his ascent within the organization. He was promoted to director of college scouting in 2016 before he was promoted once more to assistant director of player personnel in 2018. Poles recently stepped into the role as Chiefs’ executive director of player personnel. He was a finalist for the Panthers GM job last offseason.

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