Bears interview Brian Flores for coach, Jeff Ireland for general manager


(670 The Score) The Bears completed a pair of interviews Friday as their searches for a new head coach and general manager continued.

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Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores interviewed with the Bears for the same position, while Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland interviewed for Chicago's general manager role.

Flores, 40, was fired by the Dolphins on Monday in a decision that came as a surprise. He was 24-25 over three seasons in Miami, including a 9-8 mark in 2021. He previously served as the Patriots' linebackers coach prior to joining the Dolphins in 2019.

Ireland, 51, has been in the Saints organization since 2015. He served as general manager of the Dolphins from 2008-'13.

The Bears have now interviewed two candidates for head coach in Flores and former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Beyond Ireland, Chicago has met with three other candidates for its general manager vacancy. Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook, Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly have also interviewed.

The Bears' search committee is being led by team chairman George McCaskey and also includes president Ted Phillips, consultant Bill Polian, director of player engagement LaMar "Soup" Campbell and senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Tanesha Wade.

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