I feel it's very important that Saban has both NFL coaching experience in some capacity and has head-coaching background. He is a proven leader and would make sense to come to the Windy City to finally bring the Bears to the next level. I don't buy into this whole philosophy that college coaches can't succeed at the next level. Just because Steve Spurrier didn't do well in Washington doesn't mean all hope is lost for collegiate head coaches. If Saban decides to stay at LSU or the Bears don't spend the money to sign him their are a few more coaches that I think would do very well.
It doesn't appear that Jerry Angelo will go after proven head coaches Dennis Green and Dan Reeves because they are too expensive and want personnel power. Therefore if Ted Phillips and Angelo seek another Coordinator there are 2 strong choices.
Lovie Smith: the St. Louis defense was very weak during their Rams Super Bowl run. Once Smith arrived the unit showed lots of improvement and the Rams have sustained success since he has arrived. His players all love playing for him, he is a disciple of Tony Dungy (who has been known for his defense for over a decade). Smith has never been a head coach but could very well be the Marvin Lewis of this offseason. He is very sought after and I wouldn't mind seeing him on the sidelines at Soldier Field next season.
Al Saunders: offensive coordinator of the Chiefs. Saunders needs to be given a serious interview by Angelo. He has coached with Dick Vermeil and is his right hand man for the Rams of the AFC, with Kansas City's high-powered offense. If Angelo truly wants an offensive coach this is clearly his guy. He was a head coach at a very young age with the Chargers in the late 80's and probably learned a ton. Saunders was an assistant at San Diego under Don Coryell, one of the most respected offensive minds from the 70's and 80's in the NFL, before becoming the head boss.
The Bears need to grab a new coach that has been a consistent winner of late with a great attitude and proven leadership experience. Names like Romeo Crennel or Jim Mora Jr. don't excite or really impress me.
Jim Fassel has been to the Super Bowl but his Giants lost 8 in a row to the end the season and many people around the NFL feel his team gave up on him. He is only highly sought after because of his Super Bowl appearance a few seasons ago. The Bears can't hire a coach that had a worse record last season then Dick Jauron.
The Bears better empty their pocket books and go for Saban. If he decides to stay at LSU Lovie Smith and Al Saunders are solid options.