Bears Search Update: Day 2

A full report on the Chicago Bears’ search for the next general manager and head coach, including an updated list of candidates for both positions.

The Chicago Bears will interview Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn this Friday for the club’s vacant head coach position.

Quinn has worked in the NFL since 2011, first as a defensive quality coach for the San Francisco 49ers, then during stints as defensive line coach for the Dolphins, Jets and Seahawks. In 2013, he was named Seattle’s defensive coordinator.

In 2013, the Seahawks led the league in points allowed, yards allowed and takeaways. In 2014, Seattle again was the league leader in points allowed and yards allowed.

Quinn has already interviewed for the head coach position in San Francisco and also has interviews lined up with the Jets and Falcons.

As of today, Jan. 1, the Bears have shown interest in four head coaches:

Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator, Seattle Seahawks
Gary Kubiak, offensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
Todd Bowles, defensive coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
Adam Gase, offensive coordinator, Denver Broncos

Of the four, only Kubiak has previous head-coaching experience. Kubiak said yesterday he won’t talk to any teams until the Ravens are knocked out of the playoffs.

For the general manager position, the Bears have requested to speak with five candidates:

Eric DeCosta, assistant general manager, Baltimore Ravens
Chris Ballard, director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs
Lake Dawson, vice president of player personnel, Tennesee Titans
Brian Gaine, director of pro scouting, Houston Texans
Ryan Pace, director of player personnel, New Orleans Saints

The top candidate is DeCosta, yet it’s unlikely he’ll come to Chicago. He turned down the Bears three years ago and it’s rumored he won’t consider the position for as long as Ted Phillips is the organization’s president. The New York Jets have also requested permission to interview DeCosta.

Next on the list is Ballard, who spent 11 years in Chicago, first as a scout for the Bears from 2001-2011 and then as director of pro personnel in 2012.

The Bears are also reportedly interested in Ravens pro personnel director Vince Newsome and New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross. In 2012, Ross interviewed for the GM position that eventually went to Phil Emery.



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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