Another "now what?" for the Bears

Another "now what?" for the Bears
January 20, 2012, 5:05 pm
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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.