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Coaching rumor tracker: Bears will double-dip interviews with Vikings coordinators

Coaching rumor tracker: Bears will double-dip interviews with Vikings coordinators

Updated, Jan. 3 at 3:16 p.m.

Our coaching search rumor tracker moves past Black Monday and into a week where teams are permitted to interview assistant coaches from four playoff teams that have byes: The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. 

Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

The Bears announced Fangio was interviewed by Ryan Pace on Wednesday. Here's why he could and couldn't be a fit for the opening

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards

The Bears are the first team we've seen Edwards' connected to, and it's sort of surprising he hasn't been the subject of more rumors before Wednesday. He's been a defensive coordinator for three teams: Washington (2003), the Buffalo Bills (2011-2012) and Minnesota Vikings (2014-present). The Vikings finished the 2017 season ranked No. 2 in defensive DVOA and have steadily improved (from 23 to 14 to 8 to 2) since Mike Zimmer hired him four years ago. The soon-to-be 51-year-old former All-ACC linebacker is the second defensive coach the Bears reportedly have requested to interview. 

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy

The 39-year-old Nagy has been on Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City since 2013, when he was hired to be the team's quarterbacks coach, and was previously an offensive quality control assistant under Reid in Philadelphia. Nagy was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016, and his offense ranked 4th in DVOA this year. An interesting wrinkle here: Given the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft, Nagy probably has done extensive research on Mitchell Trubisky, which could either sway him to come to Chicago or keep him away, depending on how he evaluated him. 

Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo 

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported a timeline for the Bears to interview DeFilippo:

Check out the full breakdown of DeFilippo's credentials and fit for the Bears in the latest in our latest coaching confidential series. 

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

Paul Aspan and I looked at McDaniels yesterday, and debated this: With Ryan Pace not relinquishing control of the 53-man roster, is he even worth a serious look? Read our breakdown here

Also included on the Bears' reported interview list is Shurmur, who was the mastermind behind a Vikings offense that had plenty of success despite losing its starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) and starting running back (Dalvin Cook) early in the season. If he can find a way to make Case Keenum a better-than-average NFL quarterback, surely he can do the same for Mitch Trubisky, right?

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

Wilks was the Bears' secondary coach from 2006-2008 under Lovie Smith and has been an assistant to Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers since 2012. While he only has one year of coordinator experience, he's highly thought of around the league, as evidenced by plenty of other teams already putting in requests to interview him. Check out our Coaching Confidential profile of Wilks here

This is worth noting, too, given Ryan Pace's connection to New Orleans:

And still dreaming about Jim Harbaugh coming to the Bears? There's this:

Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo

Briefly: So far, the Bears' only competition for DeFilippo is the Cardinals, who don't have a young quarterback in place yet. But perhaps the Cardinals could sell DeFilippo on drafting a young quarterback to develop, though the team might need to trade up from the 15th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to land that guy. But consider this: 

We'll see if that could pay off for Arizona in their pursuit of DeFillippo. But he's not the only name connected to the job opening in Glendale so far:

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks 

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy

Briefly: If McDaniels makes the jump back into the head coaching ranks, Indianapolis makes a lot of sense -- so long as he's willing to not demand full control of the roster. General manager Chris Ballard is highly regarded around the league, though, and McDaniels could be lured to the Colts by both Andrew Luck (if healthy) and Jacoby Brissett (his former pupil in New England). 

This is the first place we've seen Richard, who helped create the "Legion of Boom" in Seattle, be mentioned, and it's a little surprising he hasn't been connected to more openings yet. Don't be surprised if Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub gets a look here, too. 

Detroit Lions

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin

Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss

Briefly: The Lions have put the most requests out for interviews so far, with most of these guys on the defensive side of the ball. General manager Bob Quinn has New England connections that make Patricia an obvious choice. 

Detroit, though, is giving its own a chance, interviewing Austin and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on Tuesday:

Oakland Raiders

Current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden

Briefly: The Raiders seemingly fired Del Rio with the knowledge they'd be able to hire Gruden, but Gruden will be on the ESPN call of this weekend's Titans-Chiefs playoff game, so this could take a little while to get done. 

New York Giants

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

Former Denver Broncos running backs coach/assistant head coach Eric Studesville

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur 

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz

http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/bears-coaching-confidential-steve-wilks

Briefly: The Giants are in an interesting position, with Eli Manning still there but holding the No. 2 overall pick to possibly draft his replacement. 

This Allen Robinson video will get you fired up for Bears training camp

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This Allen Robinson video will get you fired up for Bears training camp

Allen Robinson may be the most anticipated new Chicago Bears player to watch in this year's training camp. He was signed to save the receiving corps. He was signed to make big plays and bring Bears fans to their feet. Simply put, he was signed to transform Chicago's offense.

In order to do that, however, he must prove that he's fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in last year's season opener. Robinson has had some on-field work in offseason minicamps but is yet to be a full participant. He should have no restrictions other than scheduled rest days now that training camp is upon us.

If there was any doubt about his psyche coming off such a serious injury, he put it to rest with an awesome video he shared on social media. 

Get ready Bears fans. A-Rob is coming.

Take a look:

Sports Illustrated writer says Roquan Smith will be Defensive Rookie of the Year

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Sports Illustrated writer says Roquan Smith will be Defensive Rookie of the Year

At the time of this writing, Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned. And with the team's veterans reporting for training camp today, if Smith is not in Bourbonnais by the close of business, he'll officially be a holdout.

Don't panic, Bears fans. This is an unusual year for GM Ryan Pace and the rest of the front office when it comes to negotiating with the team's first-round pick. Chicago is beginning training camp a week earlier than most clubs because of the Hall of Fame game, which means Pace is at a disadvantage. In reality, Smith has to hold out for several days -- if not more than a week -- before a red flag needs to go up.

Assuming the business side of the game gets resolved, Smith will bring a beastly presence to the second level of Chicago's defense. In fact, he's expected to be so productive that Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer recently pegged him as the likely winner of the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award:

And if I had to pick a Defensive Rookie of the Year right now—and this would break Ohio State’s two-year stranglehold on the award (Sorry, Denzel Ward)—it would be Smith, whom the Bears took with the eigth overall pick. We’ve seen players at that spot (San Francisco’s Patrick Willis, New England’s Jerod Mayo and Carolina’s Luke Kuechly) assimilate to the pro game quickly in the recent past, and win the award. And I think the Georgia phenom is on that level.

The last Bears linebacker to win Defensive Rookie of the Year was Brian Urlacher, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

If Smith has anything close to the impact Urlacher had during his career in Chicago, he'll go down as one of Pace's greatest decisions as the team's general manager.