Bears interview Rogers

Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers spent much of Thursday interviewing with the front office types of the Chicago Bears and word out of Chicago is that, if Rogers is determined to be their man, the Bears will act quickly to end their protracted search to find a new offensive coordinator.

Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers interviewed with the Bears for most of the day Thursday and, according to published reports, if both sides like what they heard from the other, a deal could be struck quickly.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears are operating with "more urgency" to fill the position, but if things don't work with Rogers the process could continue until after the Super Bowl.

The process has been delayed, according to The Tribune, because the Bears have been pursuing hot college coaching candidates and most colleges won't allow assistant coaches to leave before National Signing Day, which is Wednesday.

A couple of other candidates that have emerged are Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and Miami O.C. Mark Whipple. Both have previous NFL coaching experience, which is thought to be a key criteria during the search.

One candidate who was said to be high on the Bears' list, University of Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, withdrew his name from consideration Thursday, saying he will remain with the Panthers coaching staff.

If Rogers is hired, it will likely come by this weekend or early next week. If that doesn't happen, look for the Bears to go in another direction. There have been rumors that Saints tight ends coach Terry Malone and Patriots wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen are both potential candidates, but can't be interviewed by the Bears until after their seasons are completed.

FRIDAY NOTES

  • Aside from the Bears' coaching vacancy, Rogers' name has been linked to offensive coordinator positions at both Virginia and Syracuse.

  • The Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission met Thursday for the first time since a heated exchange of words November 19 when the MSFC hinted that, if the Vikings didn't sign a lease extension, they could see a $4 million-a-year portion of their Metrodome rent that has been abated for the last several years reinstated. While it's good to see the two sides talking, Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley said there would be no point in further stadium development discussions with the MSFC unless it repeals its resolution that had both financial incentives and the threat of reinstating the full lease payment.

  • Down at the Pro Bowl, Adrian Peterson was once again asked about his fumbling issues and once again gave pretty much the same response, saying that players are going after the ball rather than tackling him because of the way he runs and it will be something he's going to focus on – potentially doing something like Tiki Barber did when he changed his running style to keep the football tight against his chest. However, over the last couple of years when asked about his fumbling issues, Peterson has given essentially the same answer, but, to date, change hasn't arrived.


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