Biggs: Chudzinski out of mix for Bears

Nineteen days into their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Chicago Bears are not back to square one. But they haven’t gotten that far.

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reported that Rob Chudzinski, the assistant head coach/tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers, is no longer in play for the job. Chudzinski is one of just two candidates to interview for the job, and it’s believed the Chargers want him to return. Chudzinski was on a one-year contract, and he could be drawing interest from other clubs. He interviewed with the Bears at Halas Hall on Thursday.

The only other person to interview for the job is Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese. The Bears didn’t get to speak to Jeremy Bates, as they had hoped, and were rebuffed by Green Bay in their efforts to meet with Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.

General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith will remain at the team’s headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., this week instead of attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Bears are without first- and second-round draft picks, and Angelo and Smith know their futures are tied to finding an offensive coordinator who can turn around the fortunes of a group that has struggled for years, even after quarterback Jay Cutler was acquired last season.

The Bears have four openings on Smith’s staff. Perry Fewell turned down their offer to be defensive coordinator and that position remains open. The Bears also need to hire a quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach. One vacancy was filled when Mike Tice was hired as offensive line coach.

Stay tuned. Maybe Mike Martz will surface soon. At this rate, Smith will be hard-pressed to find someone with more qualifications.

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