The Chicago Bears have reached out to not less than 10 basic supervisor candidates and 9 teaching candidates for interviews. As they undergo the interview course of, we’re taking a look at every of the possible hires.
First up is coach Doug Pederson, who interviewed with the Bears on Wednesday, in line with a supply.
Name: Doug Pederson
Title: Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Experience: Pederson was the Eagles coach for 5 seasons, going 42-37-1 with three playoff berths and a Super Bowl title. Before that, he was the Kanas City Chiefs offensive coordinator for 3 seasons and the Eagles quarterbacks coach. A former quarterback, Pederson began 17 video games throughout a decade within the NFL with 4 groups, together with the Green Bay Packers.
You ought to know: The Eagles fired Pederson a yr in the past after a 4-11-1 season, one among two dropping seasons throughout his time in Philly. The Eagles offense struggled in 2020 as quarterback Carson Wentz’s play regressed. Pederson benched Wentz for rookie Jalen Hurts in Week 13. Pederson’s departure from Philadelphia got here after friction with proprietor Jeffrey Lurie, in accordance to a detailed report from The Athletic.
Bears connection: Pederson climbed the ranks as an assistant beneath coach Andy Reid, identical to former Bears coach Matt Nagy. He visited Bears coaching camp over the summer season and caught up with Nagy and third-string quarterback Nick Foles. Pederson and Foles have their very own statue in Philadelphia commemorating the “Philly Special,” the trick-play landing move from Trey Burton to Foles in Super Bowl LII.
What has been mentioned: Pederson did an extensive interview with the New York Daily News final month as he ready to weigh his subsequent steps and mentioned this about quarterback growth: “I definitely take a lot of pride in the development of the quarterback. I had a tremendous offensive coordinator in Frank Reich who was a former NFL star in this league at that position, and I think that’s important to have guys who played the QB position who know the mindset, can teach the QB. Then you’ve got to understand the person you’re coaching. Your system has to fit his strengths. As coaches we need to adjust to that.”