The Chicago Bears contacted at least 15 general managers and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through this process, we look at each of the potential clients.
The Bears announced that Matt Eberfluss was interviewed for the head coach position on Monday.
<знак класса="hl_orange">Matt Eberflus
Title: Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator
Eberfluss was the Colts’ coordinator for four seasons. Prior to that, he coached linebackers for the Dallas Cowboys for six seasons after a two-year stint in the same role with the Cleveland Browns. Eberfluss also has 17 years of college coaching experience in Toledo (1992-2000) and Missouri (2001-08).
You must know
Eberfluss finished third in voting for the 2018 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio won the award that season, with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Vink Martindale finishing second. This season, Eberfluss managed the defense of the Colts, who led the AFC in clearances (33) and finished in the top ten in the league in points allowed (21.5 points per game). Last month, the Colts had three defensemen on their original Pro Bowl roster: lineman DeForest Buckner, linebacker Darius Leonard, and defenseman Kenny Moore II.
Players praise Eberflus for his communication skills and leadership style. He is known as a detail-oriented coach who has a knack for getting along with players and fellow coaches. Eberfluss has earned a reputation for being able to combine his strategic understanding with the personnel he has to work with, loading his defense with only what the players can handle.
What was said
“I will fully support and support anyone who has ever called and asked me about the flu as a person, as a leader and as a coach. He is a worthy candidate. Obviously I don’t want to lose him. But I’m happy for him and support him.” — Colts coach Frank Reich when Eberfluss became a head coach candidate last year.