Change in Plans

Jerry Angelo looks to be making a move for the man he wants to be the Bears next head coach. There are reports that he has delayed a meeting with Mike Nolan and will pitch the job to LSU's Nick Saban Thursday.

Bear Report's Mike Mulligan reported that Saban and Angelo have been in contact over the past few days and will discuss the chances of getting some done. While it's unknown whether or not if it will be a face-to-face meeting, Angelo is making his play. He's been in San Francisco for the East-West Shrine game and Saban is in Arizona for an award ceremony.

The GM had originally had been scheduled to meet with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan Thursday, but when the opportunity to talk to Saban came up Angelo didn't hesitate.

There is still a good chance Saban will remain at LSU as the university has improved their original offer of $2.5 million per year.

The Bears need an answer from Saban relatively soon because three head-coaching vacancies have been filled this week and assistants will start to be hired. Waiting for Saban past this weekend could put Chicago in a similar situation to that of when Dick Jauron was hired on January 24, 1999. By that time most of the top candidates to fill out the coaching staff had found work elsewhere.

There are four openings left after Dennis Green accepted a five-year deal Wednesday to be the Arizona Cardinals front man. Tom Coughlin took the New York Giants job on Tuesday and Joe Gibbs will return to the Washington Redskins after more than a decade away from the game.

It looked as if Dick Jauron would join Coughlin's staff as his defensive coordinator, but the former Bears coach could get the Buffalo Bills job after having a stellar interview with owner Ralph Wilson.

Another collegiate candidate the Bears showed interest in could be out of the running. Maryland's Ralph Friedgen, who has four years of NFL coaching experience, looks poised to receive a bump in pay from the university.

If nothing comes of the talks with Saban the Bears could turn to Jim Mora Jr. or finally decide to interview former Giants coach Jim Fossel.

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