Monday, January 24, 2022

Bears Mailbag — How About Kellen Moore For Future Head Coach?


BOULDER, Colo. — The Chicago Bears finally snapped their five-game losing streak on Thanksgiving Day.  A last-second (literally) field goal by Cairo Santos lifted the Bears to a 16-14 win at Ford Field in Detroit.  The win got them to 4-7.

The questions surrounding the circus at Halas Hall didn’t go away, of course.  Matt Nagy had a hellish week leading up to the game, with reports about his imminent firing leaking from several sources.  But the win got the Bears a reprieve — at least for one week.

Chicago takes on Arizona at Soldier Field this Sunday.  Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins return for the Cardinals, who have found ways to keep winning despite those injuries.  It’s a well-balanced and well-coached team, led by Kliff Kingsbury.

If the Bears want to get serious about righting their season, they can take a step towards that by upsetting the Cardinals this Sunday…

…So, realistically, Sunday is the beginning of the end — not just for the 2021 season, but for Matt Nagy’s tenure in Chicago.

With that, let’s reach into this week’s Bears Mailbag.  Follow me on Twitter @DhruvKoul to continue the conversation.

Bears Mailbag

One of the biggest things about a head coach is that they have to be able to command the full team, and also have a strong support staff / set of coaches to actually coach the team — review tape, teach concepts, install schemes, etc.

Jim Harbaugh, for example, has built strong staffs everywhere, most notably in San Francisco when he had Greg Roman as his OC and Vic Fangio has his DC.  His brother, John Harbaugh, has enjoyed the benefits of strong staffs as well.

This is a critical aspect of the job, and often it can be a result of connections/relationships across the NFL.  The longer someone has worked in the business, the better the chances their network will also be strong.

Moore is 33 years old, having been a backup QB for several years in the NFL before transitioning to coaching.  What kind of connections would he really have at this point in terms of hiring a staff?

That’s the biggest question mark.  He is an excellent offensive mind — very innovative and smart.  But can he build a competent/strong staff when he is in charge of a lot more than the offense?

That’ll be the biggest question with him.

Dhruv Koul
Covering the Bears, Cubs, and Bulls @SportsMockery. Chelsea FC fan. Jay Cutler stan.

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