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Harbaugh/Fitzgerald/Rivera - My 3 Bears Coaching Finalists

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John Fox is entering his final phase as Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.  Fox has led the Bears thru a difficult rebuild, and signs are in place that the roster has improved to the level that the Bears should begin to rise to a much higher level of competitiveness starting next year.

The new coach will inherit a team that has some key elements in place at several critical positions.  making the right decision on a new HC will be thre key that opens the door to a bright NFL future in Chicago.

My top 3 candidates :

Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh has a record of 4 years and out with his prior positions.  He comes in like a firebrand and flames out as his style can wear on players.  He is a former Bear QB, still loved in Chicago.  Secretly, the Chicago position is his "dream job."  He reminds me of Ditka in many ways.  A little goofy, unpredictable, and beloved by the locals.  I think he would have great success in Chicago.

 

Pat Fitzgerald

Another Chicago guy who has earned the respect and admiration from the locals, as well as the national audience.  What more can he really accomplish at Northwestern?  I like the way that Fitz works with the modern player/athlete.  He is no "bro" coach, but he communicates with these players at a higher level than most, which in my opinion explains his success at a place like Northwestern.  The timing is perfect.  He would be embraced and supported deeply by the Bears fanbase.

 

Ron Rivera 

Former Bear defensive standout and proven NFL head coach.  No doubt he would love to come back and coach his old team.  Not quite the splashy hire of a Harbaugh or a Fitzgerald, but a solid hire nonetheless.  

 

I would be thrilled with any of the above options.

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11 minutes ago, Coach Ellenwood said:

None.

Very thoughtful response

Dont hurt yourself expending too much effort "Coach."

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15 minutes ago, DrivenT said:

John Fox is entering his final phase as Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.  Fox has led the Bears thru a difficult rebuild, and signs are in place that the roster has improved to the level that the Bears should begin to rise to a much higher level of competitiveness starting next year.

The new coach will inherit a team that has some key elements in place at several critical positions.  making the right decision on a new HC will be thre key that opens the door to a bright NFL future in Chicago.

My top 3 candidates :

Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh has a record of 4 years and out with his prior positions.  He comes in like a firebrand and flames out as his style can wear on players.  He is a former Bear QB, still loved in Chicago.  Secretly, the Chicago position is his "dream job."  He reminds me of Ditka in many ways.  A little goofy, unpredictable, and beloved by the locals.  I think he would have great success in Chicago.

 

Pat Fitzgerald

Another Chicago guy who has earned the respect and admiration from the locals, as well as the national audience.  What more can he really accomplish at Northwestern?  I like the way that Fitz works with the modern player/athlete.  He is no "bro" coach, but he communicates with these players at a higher level than most, which in my opinion explains his success at a place like Northwestern.  The timing is perfect.  He would be embraced and supported deeply by the Bears fanbase.

 

Ron Rivera 

Former Bear defensive standout and proven NFL head coach.  No doubt he would love to come back and coach his old team.  Not quite the splashy hire of a Harbaugh or a Fitzgerald, but a solid hire nonetheless.  

 

I would be thrilled with any of the above options.

Harbaugh? Nyet. He's too goofy for my tastes. He's a great front runner. When the team is playing well, he's everyone's darling. But when adversity shows up, he just responds by getting goofier. Can't see him getting along with the McCaskeys.

Fitzgerald?  Possibly. A terrific coach but I'm not convinced his rah rah style is suited to the NFL. I think he's the quintessential college coach. His lack of familiarity with the NFL doesn't bode well for the ability to translate his style to the pros.

Rivera? I'd be all over this one. The guy can really coach, and he's an NFL guy through and through His Bears heritage will mollify the meatheads, and I'm hoping the Cam Newton act is wearing a little thin on him. This would be a home run hire.

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4 minutes ago, DrivenT said:

Very thoughtful response

Dont hurt yourself expending too much effort "Coach."

:07_v:

You are welcome.  Didn't know I owed you anything.

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What about a combo of Ron Rivera (had a pleasure of interviewing him my JR year as he was our keynote speaker for homecoming, he then scared me to death when our then DC Meeks informed him that I got a 15 yard penalty the week before, Mr. Rivera went on to explain to me that getting those are the dumbest penalty to get and he much rather kick the living "S" out of someone, yes he said that, and then help him up time and time again so that they knew that #59 was still coming.)   and OC Kubiak be?   

I would sign up for that all day long!!!    Rivera and Kubiak, Kubiak in charge of development of a young QB!!!  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/former-broncos-head-coach-gary-kubiak-open-to-a-return-as-an-offensive-coordinator/

 

Look what 1 year of moving away from Jeff Freaking Fisher has done for Goff's 2nd year!!!   Rams putting up NUMBERS each and every week with a very young HC but a young guy who knows how to get his play makers the ball and how to get his new young stud QB off the mat and performing like the high pick he was.   

Same goes for Wentz while at it.   

I am 100% with you guys, let Indy Colts have Harbaugh or UM    

 

don't want his schtick in my bears life 

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1 hour ago, Coach Nowlin said:

What about a combo of Ron Rivera (had a pleasure of interviewing him my JR year as he was our keynote speaker for homecoming, he then scared me to death when our then DC Meeks informed him that I got a 15 yard penalty the week before, Mr. Rivera went on to explain to me that getting those are the dumbest penalty to get and he much rather kick the living "S" out of someone, yes he said that, and then help him up time and time again so that they knew that #59 was still coming.)   and OC Kubiak be?   

I would sign up for that all day long!!!    Rivera and Kubiak, Kubiak in charge of development of a young QB!!!  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/former-broncos-head-coach-gary-kubiak-open-to-a-return-as-an-offensive-coordinator/

 

Look what 1 year of moving away from Jeff Freaking Fisher has done for Goff's 2nd year!!!   Rams putting up NUMBERS each and every week with a very young HC but a young guy who knows how to get his play makers the ball and how to get his new young stud QB off the mat and performing like the high pick he was.   

Same goes for Wentz while at it.   

I am 100% with you guys, let Indy Colts have Harbaugh or UM    

 

don't want his schtick in my bears life 

Agreed.    Rivera, Kubiak, and Mike Singletary doing some sort of coaching on the defensive side.

 

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Chuck Pagano should be available. I am just throwing it out there.

GB

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That challenge was...something...

GB

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Posted (edited)

Rivera just signed an extension with Carolina so he is off the list.

Top Targets :

Tier 1

Fitzgerald

Harbaugh

Saban

Tier 2

Shurmur

McDaniels

 

 

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I don’t care either way, but I can see pace going w some wildcard guy kind of under the radar. Ala the trubisky pick. 

 

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