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The Bears have parted ways with holdover OC Mike Tice, QBs coach Jeremy Bates, WRs coach Darryl Drake, and OL coach Tim Holt.
Tice is widely respected for his work as an offensive line guru, but he's overmatched as a schemer and play-caller. New coach Marc Trestman has hired Aaron Kromer to take his responsibilities. We will certainly miss Drake's annual declarations about Devin Hester becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL. Thu, Jan 17, 2013 06:51:00 PM

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Bears hired Aaron Kromer as their offensive coordinator.

Kromer, the 2012 interim head coach of the Saints before giving way to Joe Vitt, will also be in charge of the Bears' offensive line. However, he won't be in the spotlight as the play-calling duties will fall into the lap of new coach Marc Trestman. Kromer, the Saints' line coach for the last four seasons, figures help keep Jay Cutler upright. He has a connection to Trestman as they both served on the Raiders' 2001 staff.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 09:12:00 AM

The Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as their new head coach, signing him to a four-year contract.

The CFL head man and long-time NFL assistant beat out Colts OC Bruce Arians and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell to replace Lovie Smith. It's a daring, if risky, hire for a team that all too often let dysfunctional offenses sabotage strong defenses under Smith. Trestman has been out of the league since 2004, but was well-regarded before his departure, and oversaw consistently strong units in the CFL. Although Jay Cutler will be adjusting to yet another new system in 2013, it's excellent news for his prospects that the lead voice in the Bears offense will finally be the head coach, and not the offensive coordinator.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 01:57:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms a Chicago Sun-Times report that Colts OC Bruce Arians is the third finalist for the Bears head-coaching vacancy.

Arians is in Chicago on Tuesday for his second interview. There had been some confusion, as the Tribune reported that Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell would be the only candidates to receive followup interviews. This may be Arians' last shot at a head-coaching job, as he's yet to be connected to Arizona or Jacksonville.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 06:28:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora suspects the Bears will choose a head coach by Tuesday night and announce the hiring on Wednesday.

"If you made me guess, I'd go with [Bruce] Arians in Chicago," said LaCanfora. "We shall see." LaCanfora is on his own with Arians as his favorite. Joining the Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times also hears from several league sources who believe Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman is the leading candidate. Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell is the third finalist.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 03:01:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure has been told Marc Trestman is the "heavy favorite" for the Bears head-coaching vacancy.

McClure said earlier on Monday evening that he would "not be surprised if Trestman was the last man standing," so this takes it a step further. McClure's colleague, David Haugh, reports that Trestman and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell are the only two that will be brought back for follow-up interviews while the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Bruce Arians is a third finalist. FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson tweeted on Friday that it "looks like" Trestman was going to get the job in Chicago.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 08:39:00 PM

The Bears will conduct second interviews with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman for their head-coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Bevell's interview will take place on Tuesday, while Trestman's will presumably come shortly thereafter. Bevell's offense in Seattle ranked No. 17 in total yards in 2012 but really turned it on in the second half of the season as the team got more comfortable with Russell Wilson. Trestman has been regarded as one of the favorites for the job.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 07:59:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure says to "not be surprised if" Marc Trestman is the "last man standing" for the Bears head-coaching vacancy.

Trestman, of course, is the head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and has been visiting and interviewing with various teams over the past couple weeks. Former NFL head coach and FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson sent shock-waves through the internets over the weekend when he said his "QB coach at the U [Miami] Trestman" was headed to Chicago. Take this news with a grain of salt, but the stars could be aligning for a Jay Cutler and Trestman reunion.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 06:35:00 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times does not believe there is any validity to Jimmy Johnson's tweet suggesting the Bears are ready to hire the Montreal Alouettes' Marc Trestman as head coach.

This seems to be the consensus among beat writers following the team. A Bears spokesman declined comment to the Chicago Tribune, saying the team would maintain the policy it adopted when the coaching search process began. GM Phil Emery is still scheduled to interview Texans OC Rick Dennison, Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, and Vikings assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer. CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora confirms Trestman has not heard from the Bears since his interview.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 09:29:00 AM

FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson tweeted early Friday that it "looks like" Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman will be the next coach of the Bears.

"Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs," tweeted Johnson. "Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago." The Bears still have interviews scheduled for the weekend, so take this "news" with a grain of salt. If Johnson is correct, we like the hire for the Bears. Trestman has already succeeded as a head coach in the CFL, and his offenses have been consistently excellent in both leagues. A renowned QB guru who coaxed the best out of Rich Gannon and Scott Mitchell while leading the NFL in points scored with Steve Young, Trestman's hire would be excellent news for Jay Cutler. Trestman has been a West Coast offense adherent.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 07:55:00 AM

Beat writer Sean Jensen confirms the Bears are not interested in Notre Dame's Brian Kelly for their head coaching vacancy.

Kelly made waves late Wednesday night when he was linked to the Eagles' coaching search. It was quickly shot down as a ploy to squeeze a raise out of Notre Dame. Bears GM Phil Emery is on the record saying he's not interested in a college coach without NFL experience anyway.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:34:00 AM

The Bears will interview Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell on Saturday and Colts OC Bruce Arians on Sunday for their head-coaching vacancy.

Texans OC Rick Dennison is scheduled to interview on Friday, while Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times believes the team will talk to Packers OC Tom Clements on Thursday. GM Phil Emery has a full schedule lined up, and it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for the Bears to have a head coach by early next week. Arians was just released from the hospital on Wednesday after dealing with an inner-ear infection.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 08:27:00 PM

The Bears will interview Texans OC Rick Dennison for their head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Dennison was first connected to the Bears on Sunday. He's one of 13 or so candidates GM Phil Emery is believed to be considering to replace Lovie Smith. Dennison has been the Texans' offensive coordinator since Kyle Shanahan departed for Washington in 2010. He has a strong background in the run game.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 01:12:00 PM

The Bears have reportedly been granted permission to interview Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell for their head-coaching vacancy.

Bevell has done an excellent job of developing Russell Wilson, sporting the NFL's ninth-best offense. He was also the coordinator in Minnesota during Brett Favre's magical age-40 season in 2009. The Bears' coaching list is now approaching 10 names.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 06:58:00 PM

Bears will interview Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head-coaching vacancy.

Dennison's interview will take place early this upcoming week, and he's just another name to add to a laundry list of coaches to interview for the Chicago head gig. Dennison has worked with Gary Kubiak since their days with the Broncos in 1995. He was Denver's offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. That offense included current Bears Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. Dennison has been the Houston OC since 2010.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Jimmy Clausen
RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Senorise Perry
GLB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Santonio Holmes
3Marquess Wilson
WR21Alshon Jeffery
2Josh Morgan
3Chris Williams
WR31Santonio Holmes
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Dante Rosario
K1Robbie Gould