Its unlikely that coach Lovie Smith had a list longer than one name Mike Tice when he considered replacements for Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator. But now that Tice has emerged as a candidate in Oakland, the need for a contingency plan is upon the Bears.
At this point the upheavals elsewhere could work to the Bears advantage, although advantage is a relative term.
If Tice leaves there would be options (there always are; this is, after all, the NFL):
Jim Caldwell -- fired in Indianapolis. QB coach at Tampa Bay in 2001 under Tony Dungy, then succeeded him as head coach.
Clyde Christensen -- offensive coordinator in Indianapolis prior to the dismissal of Caldwell. On the Tampa Bay staff 1996-2001 while Lovie Smith was linebackers coach.
Darryl Drake -- Bears receivers coach, NFL receiver with Washington and Cincinnati, was O.C. at Baylor, passing-game coordinator at Western Kentucky; has good relationship with Jay Cutler and worked under Terry Shea, Ron Turner and Martz.
Greg Olson -- offensive coordinator with Tampa Bay the past three seasons, interviewed for Bears passing-coordinator job this month. Bears QB coach under Dick Jauron in 2003.
Training Camp Daily: The Bears put the pads on for Sunday's practice on another wet day in Bourbonnais. Bears insider John 'Moon' Mullin & producer Paul Aspan discuss Mitchell Trubisky's accuracy, which continues to be a work in progress. Plus Anthony Miller & Kevin White turn heads, while Aaron Lynch suffers yet another injury setback when the Bears are already thin at pass rusher.
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The Chicago Bears are thin at outside linebacker after only signing Aaron Lynch to provide a pass rush opposite Leonard Floyd this season.
Lynch was considered a risky signing in March because of his injury history. He's appeared in only 28 games over the last three years and he's already off to an injured start with the Bears.
Lynch was one of several players to miss Sunday's practice with a hamstring injury, a list that includes fellow starter, Danny Trevathan.
Lynch and Trevathan missed Saturday's practice, too.
Other Bears who sat out on Sunday were Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Daniel Brown (ankle) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder). First-round pick Roquan Smith remains a holdout.
Lynch is in a training camp battle with Sam Acho for a starting job and will have to hold off Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving as well. The more time he loses to injury, the less and less likely the chances are that he'll become an impact player on defense.
It's still early, and the Bears have an extra week of training camp because of the Hall of Fame game. There's plenty of time for Lynch to get healthy and put this hamstring issue behind him.