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Five candidates to lead the Chicago Bears in 2024

It’s one of those seasons where the Chicago Bears have played four games and it’s time to start considering potential head coaches for the 2024 campaign.

It’s unclear when Matt Eberflus will be fired; it might happen during the current season or not until January, but it’s more likely than not at this point. He’ll need to have a winning record the rest of the way for the Bears to finish 7-10, which is impossible given how they are currently performing.

Perhaps by coincidence, the head coaches of the Chicago Bears’ defensive and offensive teams have alternated, from Lovie Smith on defense to Marc Trestman on offense to John Fox on defense to Matt Nagy on offense to Matt Eberflus on defense.

The hiring of an offensive head coach by the Bears would make sense, not only because it is their turn in the rotation but also because they will likely have a rookie quarterback on the roster who needs an offensive coach to help him develop (yes, the same could have been said for Justin Fields in 2022).

Here are five potential head coaches (in any order) who could take over the Soldier Field bench in 2024 with that strategy in mind.

Ben Johnson, offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions

It will be quite disappointing if the Bears don’t invite Johnson in for an interview. For the Lions offense, Johnson has been outstanding. When Dan Campbell came over, Johnson was already a member of the Lions coaching staff, and Campbell made the right decision to keep him on. Johnson spent the previous two years as their offensive coordinator before being moved to passing game coordinator in 2021 when Campbell took over.

With an average of over 27 points per game this season, Johnson has the Lions right back where he left off in 2022, when they were the 5th best scoring club. He has done some amazing work with Jared Goff.

A thorough review of The Miracle in Motown is merited.

By the conclusion of the season, Johnson will likely be the most popular candidate for head coaching, and it’s entirely feasible that the Bears will be in a position to make a very alluring offer to any offensive mastermind.

Brian Johnson, the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles

Johnson (who is not related to the Eagles) is moving up the coaching ranks quite quickly, and for good cause. He replaced Shane Steichen, who was appointed earlier this year as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, as the offensive coordinator for the Eagles. This is his first season in that position. And in case Bears fans were wondering, he does, in fact, call the plays in Philadelphia.

Even though Johnson has only served as the Eagles’ coordinator for this season, his resume is still strong. He helped shape Jalen Hurts into the quarterback he is now as the team’s previous quarterback’s coach.

Prior to that, he served as the Florida Gators’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2018 to 2020, where he aided in the growth of Kyle Trask and Anthony Richardson. prior before that? He was collaborating with Dak Prescott while at Mississippi State.

The man is an expert at developing quarterbacks, and he has taken over the Eagles’ offense with ease, maintaining them among the top 5 scoring units thus far this year. The Bears should take a close look at Johnson assuming they have a rookie quarterback in place.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron

In 2016, when Sean McVay served as their offensive coordinator, Waldron moved to Washington. Waldron followed McVay as he left to become the head coach of the LA Rams, and by 2020, he had advanced to become McVay’s passing game coordinator.

In 2021, Waldron moved to Seattle to work as Pete Carroll’s offensive coordinator, and you must give him credit for reviving Geno Smith’s career.

In addition to his work with Smith, he performs an excellent job planning offensive line protections and keeps the Seahawks offense running smoothly. Seattle was one of ten teams that scored more than 400 points last year, and this year they are scoring at a rate even greater.

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