Playoffs putting some wrinkles in Bears’ interview plans
BY SEAN JENSEN email@example.com
The Bears already have interviewed at least three candidates to be their next head coach, but a few others will be a bit more complicated because they’re employed by playoff teams.
On Sunday, Bears general manager Phil Emery will visit with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. He’s also expected to interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements next week.
The Broncos have a bye, but team officials have told any teams interested in McCoy to conduct the interviews in Denver. The Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals are also scheduled to visit with McCoy this weekend.
As for Arians and Clements, their respective teams are playing this weekend in wild-card games. If either man’s team loses, he would be free to talk to Emery. Otherwise, the talks wouldn’t be allowed until before the divisional playoff games the next weekend.
Emery already has visited with Atlanta Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. He reportedly will meet with Dallas Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe Decamillis on Saturday.
McCoy, a finalist for the Miami Dolphins’ opening last year, told reporters in Denver on Thursday that it’s an honor to be considered.
‘‘As coaches, we’re all products of the players we have and the other guys we work with,’’ McCoy said. ‘‘It’s an honor, and we’ll see what happens.
“Everyone has individual goals, as a coach and a player, but it’s team-first here, and we still have a lot left here. Hopefully, one day I will become a head coach, but we still have a lot of football ahead of us here.’’
Arians is one of the league’s hottest coaches. His contract wasn’t renewed in Pittsburgh despite several successful seasons with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, leading to his hiring by the Colts. He developed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, then took over the Colts while head coach Chuck Pagano stepped away from the team to battle leukemia.
Arians led the Colts, who were 2-14 last season, to a 9-3 mark and into the postseason.
‘‘What I would say is obviously he’s earned any phone call,’’ Pagano told the Indianapolis Star. ‘‘He’s earned that right. Let me just say this: We do not want to lose Bruce Arians. We know what he is and we know what he means to this organization and to this football team.’’