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Biggs: Bears to third option for offensive coordinator

Packers deny permission for Clements, Bates not coming Brad Biggs

Print This January 11, 2010, 10:34 PM EST

The Chicago Bears said they would take their time in the process of filling Lovie Smith’s coaching staff, and it’s going to take some more time.

They will be moving toward option three to replace offensive coordinator Ron Turner after losing out on two candidates in a 24-hour span. First, Jeremy Bates told them late Sunday night he would not come out for an interview that was scheduled for Tuesday, instead choosing to join Pete Carroll in Seattle without hearing the Bears out. Then, a formal request made to Green Bay to interview Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was denied earlier tonight.

The Bears still made progress toward filling out the staff earlier today as they met with their top option to become the defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell. He’s worked with Smith before with the Bears and St. Louis Rams, and is the only known candidate for the job. But Fewell will likely wait to make a move until he hears from the Buffalo Bills. He interviewed to be the next head coach there after finishing the season as the interim replacement for Dick Jauron. Some reports have Minnesota defensive coordinator Perry Fewell as the top candidate there.

Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo will go back to the drawing board Tuesday on the offensive side of the ball. Smith reached out to Mike Martz last week and he could come in for an interview at some point. Angelo called picking a coordinator the most important the decision has faced since Smith was hired in 2004, and the Bears are expected to move slowly.

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