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Report: Bears job down to three

Phil Emery

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery speaks at an NFL football news conference in Lake Forest, Ill., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. A day after the Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith, Emery explained his decision to the media. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bears G.M. Phil Emery has traded in his shotgun for a scalpel.

According to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, at least one of the baker’s dozen candidates for the head-coaching job has been told that only two will be brought to Halas Hall for a second interview.

The process starts on Tuesday.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported earlier tonight that one of them will be Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the other is Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.

On Friday, FOX’s Jimmy Johnson peed on Jay Glazer’s tree, declaring on Twitter that Trestman will get the job.

Emery has been criticized in some circles for using a coaching search as a pretext for picking brains. Others say that he’s merely being thorough.

Either way, it’s now down to two.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m. ET: Make that three. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a finalist, too.