The Chicago Bears interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan two weeks ago, and that interview reportedly went well. However it appears that the interview didn't go well enough for Sullivan to actually get the job.
Two twitter reports now suggest the Chicago Bears have narrowed their search for their new head coach to two candidates: Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. As you may notice, Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is not mentioned as a finalist, which means that he will stay with the Bucs barring a last-minute change.
First, David Haugh suggested that the Bears will interview two finalists:
According to one candidate who didn't get Bears job, he was told Emery will bring in 2 finalists to Halas Hall beginning tomorrow.— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) January 15, 2013
And Adam Schefter completed the report by naming the two finalists.
Bears will meet again with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and Montreal HC Marc Trestman, first 2 candidates to be identified as Bears finalists.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013
UPDATE: Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Bruce Arians is also a finalist.
The Bucs can now rest secure in the knowledge that their prized offensive coordinator is staying in Tampa, despite flirtations with a head coaching job in Chicago. This means that Josh Freeman gets to be in the same offensive system for a second consecutive year, which should help prevent him from turning into Alex Smith. The Bucs produced a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and were a few yards shy of producing two 1,000 yard receivers. That's some quality production, and given the fact that this was a complicated offense we should only see that production increase as the players become more comfortable in the system.
At least for now, we have another year of quality offense to look forward to. Hopefully, quarterback Josh Freeman can become a little more consistent. That will be the real key to next year's offensive production, now that it seems Mike Sullivan is returning.
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