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What playoff losses mean to Bears coach search

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What playoff losses mean to Bears coach search

The day he outlined his program for finding a replacement for Lovie Smth, Bears GM Phil Emery laid out an important theme he would follow: Im going to do everything with a sense of urgency, Emery said.

Depending on results from this weekends divisional playoff games, Emery now can be just about as urgent as he wants.

The Baltimore Ravens shocked the Denver Broncos in overtime on Saturday. After that the San Francisco 49ers played to their No. 2 seed by ending any Green Bay Packers hopes for a second Super Bowl in three years.

What the Ravens and 49ers also did was remove possible obstacles in a couple of sectors in the Bears search for a new head coach. In the process, the hiring window for Smiths successor could now be narrowed to as little as a week.

Emerys plan has been to conduct first interviews with an extensive candidate list, then narrow the field for as few as two or three and have those prospects meet with Chairman George McCaskey and President Ted Phillips.

Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is expected to be among the small cluster of finalists targeted by Emery. With the Broncos now out of the playoffs, the way is clear for a second McCoy interview with the Bears.

Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivans team finished out of the playoff money and is free to move into the Bears second search phase. So is Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, and Indianapolis Bruce Arians, interviewing with Emery on Sunday.

Coaches for teams still in the playoffs cannot be interviewed now until the week after the conference championships. The only known candidates still off limits going into Sundays Atlanta-Seattle and Houston-New England games are Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Two of the three also could be unencumbered by nightfall Sunday.

Green Bay offensive coordinator Tom Clements also is among the 13 known candidates. He is considered a longshot to reach the finals but the 49ers in any case made him on-limits Saturday nights.

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Sometimes the best way to get yourself through a tough time is to laugh it off. They say laughter is the best medicine after all.

So when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reportedly agreed to a record-breaking contract extension, it's no surprise that many people took to Twitter to clown the Bears.

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After all of that, this may be how all Bears fans feel on Twitter:

Ok, now that we’re through with the put downs, how about a little highlight to help the healing:

RELATED: Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

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Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Pat Mahomes officially woke up on Tuesday as the highest paid athlete in pro sports history. 

It's especially impressive to think about considering that Mahomes didn't even start a full season until 2018. In just two years since he's been able to win a Super Bowl, league MVP, and secure close to $500 million. How did this all happen so quickly? Mahomes' agent Leigh Steinberg – who presumably set his own field's commission record on Monday, too – sat down with the Under Center Podcast back during Super Bowl media week to talk about it: 

I think so much of it was growing up with a baseball player as a father, and watching the nature of ephemeral fame and how it comes and goes. It's all about being grounded, and in this moment, and not thinking about anything except focusing on this. But also having some fun with it. We're here on Radio Row, and happens is that you have so much coverage of the Super Bowl, that if a player performs dramaticlly, they cross over out of the narrow genre of hardcore sports fans. They become an American icon.

Steinberg also (briefly) discusses Mahomes' contract negotiations and how much the Chiefs' QB benefited from sitting behind Alex Smith for a year in 2017. You can listen to the entire conversation with Laurence Holmes right here, or in the embedded player below: