Chicago Bears: Coaching Carousel Now Down to Three Candidates

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Chicago Bears: Coaching Carousel Now Down to Three Candidates
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With more and more teams finding their head coaches for the 2013 season, it seems like the Chicago Bears are finally nearing an end to their seemingly endless coaching search.

Give a lot of credit to Phil Emery, general manager of the Bears. Emery came in last season, made some great signings and trades, drafted well, and made a tough decision to let Lovie Smith go even after the 10-6 season the Bears had this year.

Now, just one year into his new job in Chicago, Emery was thrown into a cross country—and even out of the country—search for the man who would be the new leader and coach of the Chicago Bears.

Let's take a look at some of the recent developments that have lead to where the Bears stand today.

Coming into the coaching search, the Bears made it clear they were going to go after Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Broncos set up interviews for him last week, while the Broncos had a first-round bye week before taking on the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Now that the Broncos lost and are out of the playoffs, it was decision time for Mike McCoy on which team he would sign with and begin coaching.

Today, news came out that McCoy had told the San Diego Chargers that he was going to replace Norv Turner and become the next head coach for the Chargers.

With McCoy out of the picture, it seems there are three possible head coaching candidates left for the Bears—all of whom can make very good cases as to why they should be Lovie Smith's replacement.

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