Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery hopes to have a new head coach in place by Jan. 19’s East-West Shrine game and has a lengthy list of candidates to sort through. Emery fired Lovie Smith, in part, because of a failure over the years to develop the offense. Therefore, it’s no surprise that most of the candidates on the Bears’ interview list have offensive backgrounds, with over 25 percent of the NFL’s current offensive coordinators on the Bears’ list of candidates. The Bears have interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Other offensive coordinators on the Bears’ list include Pete Carmichael (New Orleans Saints), Tom Clements (Green Bay Packers), Rick Dennison (Houston Texans), Bruce Arians (Indianapolis Colts), Darrell Bevell (Seattle Seahawks) and Montreal Alouettes head coach and quarterback guru Marc Trestman. Special teams coordinators are also on the Bears’ list, as Keith Armstrong (Atlanta Falcons), Joe DeCamillis (Dallas Cowboys), Mike Priefer (Minnesota Vikings) and current Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub are candidates for the job. One defensive coach is in the mix, as Bears Hall of Fame linebacker and former 49ers head coach and current Vikings special assistant to the head coach/linebackers coach Mike Singletary is a candidate , reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Below is a look at the latest in coaching and general manager searches: Arizona Cardinals : The Cardinals have interviewed current defensive coordinator Ray Horton and met with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday. Though no interview has taken place, the Cardinals requested permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator from 2007-08. The Cardinals received permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, which will take place on Thursday. Steve Keim, the team’s vice president of player personnel, remains the top candidate for the team’s general manager position, but is drawing interest from other clubs, including the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers. The Cardinals have also interviewed Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown for the GM post. Buffalo Bills : The Bills concluded their head coaching search by hiring Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone, who was introduced by the team on Monday. Marrone is looking for NFL-level coordinators and received permission to interview New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who declined an extension with the Jets during the 2012 season. In addition to Pettine, the Bills are looking to interview Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for their coordinator vacancy. Carolina Panthers : Owner Jerry Richardson decided that the team made enough progress in the second half of the season to keep head coach Ron Rivera for a third season. Now comes the task of finding a full-time replacement for general manager Marty Hurney. Some candidates have emerged , reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Including interim GM Brandon Beane, the Panthers are also looking at New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Giants senior pro personnel executive Dave Gettleman, Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton, Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, andTennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson.
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