The search for a new general manager and coach for the Chicago Bears includes people who once held the same positions with the Miami Dolphins.
The Bears interviewed former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores on Friday, four days after the firing of coach Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace, the team’s former general manager.
Ireland was the general manager of the Dolphins from 2008 to 2013. During his six-year tenure with Miami, the Dolphins produced only one winning season and one playoff berth (2008), and that was in his first year in office. But that season, former Dolphins head Bill Parcells ran football operations, hiring Ireland and Sparano and making all the personnel decisions.
Ireland took full control of the Dolphins front office in 2011 when Parcells retired.
After being fired by Dolphins owner Steve Ross, Ireland spent one season as a drafting consultant for the Seattle Seahawks, and in 2015 joined the New Orleans Saints as the organization’s assistant general manager and director of college scouting, working for Sean Peyton, another Parcells protégé. .
Flores, who was fired on Monday, left Miami with a 24-25 record in three seasons due to conflicts he had with Ross, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, among others.
But Flores appears to be one of the hottest coaching candidates this cycle, also drawing attention from New York Giants and Houston Texans coaches.
After a seven-game losing streak that left the Dolphins in the hole at 1–7, Flores’ Dolphins have won seven straight victories and won eight of their last nine games to finish 9–8.
Flores, who is respected for his defensive experience, had the franchise’s first consecutive winning seasons since 2002-03. However, his crimes were generally fought back.
During Monday’s press conference, George McCaskey, the Bears’ chairman, said the Bears would consider hiring a head coach before hiring a general manager if the head coach candidate justified it.
Chicago has already interviewed Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Glenn Cook, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep and University of Miami alumnus, Bears Associate Director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly, Browns Vice President of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for the position of General Manager . and former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson as a running mate for head coach.