Black Monday (and sometimes Tuesday) is a time-honored NFL tradition. After all, the most desperate NFL fanbases are only really satisfied or excited about two days in a row—when a new hire is created and when a bad hire deadweight is finally fired.
Beginning in their off-season, the Bears are already casting a fairly wide net to find their next head coach. Unfortunately, several other teams (such as the Denver, Miami and New York Football Giants, to name a few) are also jockeying for a new sideline leader position. There are so many intriguing and deserving candidates, but only so many places to fill.
In Part 2 of a roundtable today, WCG employees will draw where they think Bears’ jobs reach others. Seeing as how competition will play a factor in which takes the flagship headset to bear next, it’s only fair.
In Case You Missed It: Part 1 on the main qualities we want in the next head coach.
Where would you rank the Bears job among other openings around the NFL?
Robert Zeglinski: Look, I’m far from someone who believes the Bears deserve any respect as a professional football franchise. they do not. They have been too unfit for too long to deserve any benefit of the doubt. but it doesn’t change that they are still Chicago Bears, Despite his lack of success spanning nearly four decades, his name holds weight. The coach who takes him to the top is a legend in the game forever and a household name for the rest of his life. None of the other existing jobs can attest to that potential.
George McCaskey and the rest of the Bears board (namely, his family) are, of course, a slew of failures and failed daughters. But the same can be said for most NFL owners, including many successful teams. As silly and disjointed as they may be, I don’t buy that this family is a factor in preventing a premium name from going on stage at Halas Hall.
Throw in a quarterback ready to mold like Justin Fields — the hardest part of the job to nail — and it’s the most lucrative opening, bar none. Everyone wants to be the person who brings the Chicago Bears back to their former glory. As ludicrous and cliché as it sounds, this distinction matters to Type-A football people (which describes everyone).
Eric Duerwachter: I think the bears are on top, if not on top. Two obvious drawbacks are the relatively tight cap, and the small number of premium drafts readily available. About half of the 2021 roster is earmarked for free agency. And they are again without their first-round selection for the third time in four years.
However, those two shortcomings are countered in the quarterback with a clear answer. There are also some benefits to winning in Chicago that you won’t find anywhere else. If you win big in Chicago, you are an instant legend. A lot of coaches will be interested in Justin Fields, as well as some promising pieces on offense and defense. Any good coaching staff is ready to fight soon.
Josh Sundbrook: I mean, Miami and Las Vegas should be near the top just because of the roster, but Miami is a mess right now, maybe because of good cap room, great draft status and a top one to take Jacksonville ahead of them. Enough error. Hope. Minnesota is at the bottom and Denver is in trouble. Maybe fourth? Somewhere in the middle, definitely. I think the coaches will decide based on emotional factors, so I think the Bears are probably fine there.
Sam Householder: I do not know. I think the ownership structure and organizational reputation got hurt a bit, but there are many good pieces and a young quarterback. I think in the current open position, it would be ahead of Jacksonville, arguably ahead of Denver (ownership questions, but a long line of steady wins), probably ahead of the Vikings (who might need a full reset outside of some offensive ) pieces), but probably behind Miami (coming off two straight winning seasons). They are definitely behind the raiders as well. However, I’m excluding them because I don’t see how they don’t bring back Rick Bisaccia.
Aaron Lemming: Of the jobs open now, I think Bears tops the list. Their salary range situation has improved and will be there again in 2023 (unless they continue to kick cans in the street). He has a young quarterback on a rookie contract. Justin Fields would command a lot of suitors on his own. Ultimately, tying a new general manager to a new head coach should give potential candidates more security in knowing they’ll have a clean slate. The Bears are not a well-run organization, but the allure of training a charter franchise cannot be overstated.
Ken Mitchell: I think it’s right on top because the team has a good young core to build on on both sides of the ball, and with the arrival of a new GM, it should be many years (two, much less) to develop . A consistent playoff team. Additionally, with the new Halas Hall, the facilities in Chicago are excellent.
Jack R Salo: Bear’s work is the third most fascinating. Minnesota has the most lucrative vacancy after being able to draft his butts in 2021 and hand the quarterback very soon: Kirk Cousins’ absurd contract is about to expire. Las Vegas made it to the playoffs without a real head coach, but they can keep Rick Bisaccia, so they are an up-in-the-air No. Meanwhile, Chicago has a quarterback you don’t hate to be saddled with and a division that’s about to be wide open after the team blew up in Wisconsin (also a point for the Vikings).