MOBILE, Ala.—The Chicago Bears have moved on to Plan E, at least, in their search for an offensive coordinator. Hue Jackson flew to town on Monday and will interview with coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo today.
He’s at least the fifth person that has been considered for the job, and right now he’s the only one of the known bunch in play. The Bears were unable to meet with Jeremy Bates before he went from USC to Seattle. Green Bay rebuffed their efforts to speak with Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who remains under contract. Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese interviewed for the job but is out of the mix as the window for him to leave has closed. Rob Chudzinski, the assistant head coach/tight ends coach in San Diego, interviewed for the job and is no longer in the mix.
The Bears have maintained they’re going to involve a lot of people in the search process and it’s clear, at least to this point, that they have not found the right fit. The limited number of coaching changes this offseason has reduced the size of the usual pool of coaches to choose from, and the longer it goes, maybe the better chances are for Mike Martz. But the next step for Smith and Angelo might be dipping into the college ranks.
The perception is that no one wants to come work for Smith, who is in a win-or-else situation, but rumblings at the Senior Bowl are that some candidates could be turned off by quarterback Jay Cutler and don’t want to hitch their wagon to him. Still, few quarterbacks possess the skills of Cutler. Today marks Day 21 of the coaching search.
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