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Another "now what?" for the Bears

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Another "now what?" for the Bears

The Bears offense has taken a couple of hits this offseason, not exactly what any team needs anytime but especially one that is changing coordinators at the very least.

Greg Olson, former Bears QB coach under Dick Jauron and most recently offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, opted not to wait on the Bears passing-coordinator job and instead went to Jacksonville as quarterbacks coach.

Olson was the presumed first choice since organizations typically go first after their preferred. The search for GM is likely an exception simply because of the nature of that job and the schedules of multiple candidates, but for the record, Jason Licht from New England was the first to visit Halas Hall.

Dirk Koetter, who had been at Jacksonville, took the job as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator earlier.

Right now the search process for Bears staff on offense is on serious hold until at least after Mike Tices interview for Oaklands head-coaching job next Tuesday. Tice isnt considered one of the prime candidates there but until that resolves itself, the Bears cant really move on their vacancies.

A name CSNChicago.com was given to put on a watch list is Alex Van Pelt, an assistant under Olson at Tampa Bay and a former NFL quarterback. But any hire for the offensive staff obviously needs to involve the coordinator, and hell be in Mobile for the Senior Bowl and unofficial coaches job fair next week.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The pressure continues to mount on Rob Manfred as the Astros scandal lingers. He apologized on Tuesday but should that be enough for him to keep his job?

17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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