Odds Favor Offensive Minds as Next Bears Head Coach

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 5:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 5:36 PM UTC

The NFL’s offseason coaching musical chairs has begun. Today, let’s look at the Bookmaker.eu odds for the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears are one of the flagship and marquee franchises in the NFL with an incredibly passionate fan base. It should be a Top-5 job in the league in terms of allure for potential head coaches. Yet it’s not currently because the conservative Bears ownership has run that franchise into the ground with just one playoff berth in the past 11 years and four straight seasons of six wins or fewer.

To no surprise, John Fox was fired on Black Monday following his 14-34 record in three horrific years. It’s expected that the franchise will look toward an offensive mind to replace Fox because the future of the team is tied to quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the 2017 No. 2 overall pick. Trubisky showed some signs of potential stardom in an uneven rookie season, but he needs a quarterback guru. Fox was certainly not that person.

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Any coach who is going to demand player personnel control will not get the Bears job because that type of power is not available – GM Ryan Pace, whose own future is tied to Trubisky’s – just got an extension through 2021. He’s not surrendering control over the 53-man roster.

Bookmaker.eu has a prop up on the next Bears coach. Here are the options and an NFL pick.

Josh McDaniels (+604): The Patriots offensive coordinator is arguably the hottest coordinator commodity in the league, and he could have his pick of openings. The Bears already have requested to talk with McDaniels and can this week because the Patriots are on this bye. But if Chicago wants him, it might have to wait until after the Super Bowl because the Pats are favored on the NFL futures to win that again.

Pat Shurmur (+604): Hiring Shurmur would potentially hurt the division-rival Vikings as he’s their offensive coordinator and worked a minor miracle this year in turning Case Keenum into a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Chicago already has requested permission to talk to Shurmur.

Frank Reich (+806): He’s the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, yet it seems the Bears are more interested in Philly QBs coach John DeFilippo than Reich, the former long-time backup NFL quarterback.

David Shaw (+907): Stanford’s head coach is linked with NFL jobs every year it seems, and he always stays put in Palo Alto. If the Bears wanted another former Stanford coach, they’d probably chase Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.

Dave Toub (+1111): Toub is Kansas City’s special teams coordinator and held the same role in Chicago from 2004-12. You don’t normally hire a special teams guy for head coach, but Toub has been involved in head coaching searches before, interviewing with the Dolphins when they hired Joe Philbin and the Bears in 2013 when they went with Marc Trestman. Many believe Toub will be the next Colts coach.

Mike Shula (+1213): The son of the Dolphins legend Don Shula is the offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers. His head coaching stint from 2003-06 at Alabama didn’t go too well. Bears fans would revolt if Shula’s the guy.

Todd Haley (+1519): Haley is Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator with head coaching experience as he was 19-26 with the Chiefs from 2009-11.

Jim Bob Cooter (+1519): The best-named coach ever! JBC is the Detroit offensive coordinator; he might be up for that job considering Jim Caldwell was fired. Like Shurmur, his knowledge of the NFC North would be a plus.

Field (-310): DeFilippo would lead the list of field candidates; he’s considered the guy who helped turn Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate with the Eagles this season in Wentz’s second year. Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy also has been linked with the Bears opening. Ditto Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Both Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and DC Dennis Allen have ties to Pace from his Saints days. I think the Bears want DeFilippo so I’m taking the field.

Free NFL Pick: Field -310Best Line Offered: Bookmaker
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