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NFL coaching pendulum swings

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NFL coaching pendulum swings

GM Phil Emery made offensive repair expert one of the unofficial job requirements for the Bears next head coach after troubles under a coach from a defensive background. Eight of the first 13 candidates are from the other side of the ball from Smith.

Meanwhile, the Bears are not the only team leaning to reversing field.

It started with the Kansas City Chiefs firing longtime defensive fixture Romeo Crennel and replacing him with Andy Reid.

Smith is one of three candidates from the defensive side slated to interview for the head coach post with the Philadelphia Eagles, to replace longtime offensive guru Reid. The Eagles, whose chaos on defense dropped them to a tie for third-worst in points allowed last season, also have one candidate from special teams and three from backgrounds on offense.

CSNChicago.com previously laid out the Bears 2013 schedule. It includes: Philadelphia, where Smith is a candidate, and Cleveland, where Smiths name is in play now that flirtations with Oregons Chip Kelly are finished.

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

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George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

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Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl. 

The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired," Trump said. 

No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.