(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Poles led the team's second interviews with head coach candidates Dan Quinn and Matt Eberflus, the team announced Wednesday.
Quinn, Eberflus and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell are the three head coach candidates the Bears have brought in for second interviews and are considered finalists for the job. It's unclear whether Poles will select from those three or move for interviews with other candidates.
Quinn, 51, took over as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator in 2021, leading Dallas to a turnaround that included ranking seventh in scoring defense and first in takeaways after the unit ranked near the bottom of the NFL in many statistical categories in 2020. He's considered a finalist for multiple head coach vacancies.
Quinn was 43-42 over six seasons with the Falcons from 2015-’20 before his firing five games into the 2020 campaign. He led Atlanta to a pair of playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl berth in the 2016 season. However, the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in an infamous 34-28 loss in Super Bowl LI in February 2017.
Eberflus, 51, has served as the Colts’ defensive coordinator since 2018, when he arrived alongside coach Frank Reich. Indianapolis ranked ninth in scoring defense this past season. A Toledo native, Eberflus broke into the NFL with the Browns in 2009 and spent two seasons in Cleveland. He then became the Cowboys’ linebackers coach in 2011, spending seven years with Dallas before being hired by Indianapolis.
The Bears interviewed 10 candidates for head coach: Quinn, Eberflus, Caldwell, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores and former Eagles coach Doug Pederson.
Hired by the Bears on Tuesday, Poles has led the team's three coaching interviews with Quinn, Eberflus and Caldwell across the past two days.
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