Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery wants to revamp the Bears offense, and he needs an offensive guru at the head coaching spot in order to do so. According to a source close to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, Emery has asked the Green Bay Packers for permission to interview offensive coordinator Tom Clements for the vacancy.
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is also high on the Bears watch list, but he is high on pretty much every team’s watch list as arguably the hottest head coaching candidate on the market. The Bears have also shown interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-year offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, but it seems too early to promote the former New York Giants position coach to a head coaching gig at this point in time.
McCoy and now Clements look like the two main options, and Emery would reportedly like to have a good rapport with his next head coach. More importantly, he wants that head coach to be an intelligent coach on the offensive side of the ball who can also work well with QBs. Both McCoy and Clements fit that bill, as McCoy took Tim Tebow to the playoffs with a friendly option scheme while Clements is credited with being influential in grooming Aaron Rodgers.
We’ll see how things move forward for the Bears and their hated rivals’ offensive coordinator.
Sullivan may lack experience, but he’s actually done a good job for the Bucs this season. I would rather have McCoy, but Clements was also a quarterbacks coach just two seasons ago before being promoted after Joe Philbin left for the Miami Dolphins. Sullivan and Clements are both two of the top QB gurus in the league, and you can credit a lot of Eli Manning’s development to Sullivan’s ability as a coach. I briefly covered the Bucs this spring and was a big fan of the Sullivan hire for Tampa.
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