More bang for the buck

Chances are Dick Jauron is not going to be a head coach in the NFL again anytime soon, but the fact that he could be working on Sunday's could help the Bears.

The Bears are on the hook to Jauron for $2.4 million dollars next year. However if Jauron lands another coaching gig then Chicago would just have to the difference in the two contracts.

Chances are Jauron will not be offered another head-coaching position, but his name has suffered as a front runner to join Tom Coughlin as the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Coughlin gave Jauron his first big opportunity when he became the defensive coordinator of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995.

In the grand scheme of things the additional money should not impact the Bears decision to go after a high profile coach such as LSU's Nick Saban. Although any deal will likely have a smaller amount of money coming to the new coach in year one to compensate for having to pay Jauron.

While the Bears are still scheduled to meet with Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan Thursday, Saban's name is popping up more frequently. There is still serious debate if he's exploring his NFL opportunities or trying to use it as leverage to sweeten his deal with LSU.

If things with Saban don't workout then another college candidate could jump to the front of the team's list.

Maryland's Ralph Friedgen spent four seasons with the San Diego Chargers including a Super Bowl run in 1995 when he was the offensive coordinator.

In three seasons at Maryland, Friedgen has at least 10 victories each year with an overall record of 31-8 and three bowl wins.

At this point Friedgen is the only name being talked about by the Bears that has an offensive background.

With the recent hiring of Coughlin and a complete shock of Joe Gibbs going back to Washington Redskins there are five heading-coaching vacancies.

Don't expect a similar reconciliation with the McCaskey family and Mike Ditka. It's safe to say that Ditka will not lead the Bears next season.

Coaching Rumor Mill
Dennis Green has been reportedly offered the Arizona Cardinals opening, while Jim Fossel now seems to be the favorite in Buffalo Bills.


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