ComcastNBC cousin Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com has never shrunk from a head-on collision with an issue. He certainly isnt now.
The Bears hope they are approaching the end of their search for a new general manager. Mike is among those who dont necessarily question the dismissal of Jerry Angelo, but who think George McCaskey and Ted Phillips didnt go far enough if that was their decision on the top football guy.
Its such a backwards process, Mike said Wednesday on The McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. You keep your head coach, you drag your feet to hire the general manager, and then the general managers hands are going to be tied. How are you really going to get your best man for the job when, as he walks through the door, he knows he cant change the head coach?
That is just such a short-sighted approach. I havent agreed with it from the moment Jerry Angelo was fired. If youre going to fire the GM, you have to fire the head coach.
Mike said some folks in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl are telling him that Phil Emery, one of the Bears two GM finalists along with Jason Licht, is telling people that he has the Bears GM job but no ones believing him.
Mmmm, that ones a little hard to go with. Its a small football fraternity and you never put it out there that youve got a job. No. 1, its bad luck. No. 2, its even worse form. Your employer puts that news out. Or youre out.
On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.
The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.
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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?
Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.
The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.
According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.
Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.
Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.
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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.
The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.
Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.