LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears interviewed the offensive coordinators in Minnesota and New England for their coaching job on Friday.
The Bears met with Pat Shurmur in Minnesota in the morning before meeting Josh McDaniels in New England. Chicago is looking to replace the fired John Fox, and both candidates have head coaching experience as well as reputations for developing quarterbacks. The Bears are looking to get the most out of Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft last spring.
Shurmur was 9-23 as the Cleveland Browns’ coach from 2011-12. He returned for a second stint as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator from 2013-15. He joined the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016. He served as interim offensive coordinator for the final nine games that year following the resignation of Norv Turner and took over the job in 2017.
McDaniels lasted less than two seasons as the Denver Broncos’ coach after he was hired in 2009. But as a top assistant in one of the most successful regimes in NFL history and with a long history of working with one of the greatest quarterbacks in Tom Brady, he is one of the top candidates on the market.
Chicago interviewed Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards in Minnesota on Thursday and Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio at their headquarters on Wednesday.
The Bears fired Fox after a 14-34 record in three years and a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in franchise history. The Bears were 5-11 this season.