Bears Search Update: Day 16

Former Broncos coach John Fox is interviewing with the Bears today, and there are rumors he knows who his coordinators will be, while Todd Bowles is off the market.

The Chicago Bears today are interviewing former Denver Broncos head coach John Fox. Jason La Canfora of CBS was first to report the interview. At noon today, a friend messaged me saying he just landed in Chicago on a flight from Denver and that Fox was on his flight.

So he’s in the Windy City.

There are rumors that, if hired, Fox already has his coordinators lined up. At offensive coordinator he’s high on Kyle Shanahan, while on defense he’s considering Dennis Allen.

Shanahan was fired last week after one year as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He was OC of the Washington Redskins under his dad, Mike, the three years previous.

The Bears were reportedly interested in Gary Kubiak as recently as Sunday. Kubiak stated publicly he’s staying in Baltimore, yet Shanahan could be the next best thing. Remember, Shanahan worked from 2006-2009 under Kubiak in Houston, first as wide receivers coach and then quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator from 2008-2009.

Shanahan has always relied on a strong run game, a philosophy his father and Kubiak established for 10 years together in Denver.

Allen was fired this offseason after three years as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He previously worked under Fox as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2011.

From 2006-2010, Allen was a defensive coach for the New Orleans Saints at the same time current Bears GM Ryan Pace was in the front office.

Fox will be the sixth candidate the Bears have interviewed, following Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Broncos OC Adam Gase, Lions DC Teryl Austin and former Bills HC Doug Marrone.

Bowles last night accepted the head-coach position for the New York Jets, so he’s off the table.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Falcons have Quinn at the top of their coaching list and he's the favorite to end up in Atlanta.



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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