(670 The Score) The Bears have cast a wide net in their searches for a new head coach and general manager, having interviewed 13 total candidates through Monday and with more coming.
For former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt, the solution is simple. He would first target Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and also has a contingency plan that shouldn’t take much time to execute, as he told the Mully & Haugh Show on Tuesday morning.
“I would love to see Jim Harbaugh get a shot at that job,” Wannstedt said. “I really would. I mean, I’m a fan of Jim’s. It’s out there. It is what it is. I would love to see the Bears talk to Jim Harbaugh. If Jim Harbaugh is not in the equation, get on a plane tonight and just hire (Bills offensive coordinator) Brian Daboll in my opinion. I’m serious.
“The guy has been exposed with (Alabama head coach Nick) Saban, with (Patriots head coach Bill) Belichick, and now he’s doing it himself.”
Daboll, 46, led an offense in Buffalo that ranked in the top five in the NFL in scoring and yardage this season. He has been with the Bills since 2018, overseeing the development of star quarterback Josh Allen in that time.
Wannstedt sees appeal in Daboll’s tenure with the Bills as well as his diverse resume before arriving in Buffalo, which includes five Super Bowl championships with the Patriots and a national championship with Alabama in the 2017 season.
“I just think the guy has got everything you’d be looking for as far as a guy with history that’s done it,” Wannstedt said. “He’s been exposed to different programs, he’s been exposed to different offenses, and he’s got a quarterback who’s an athlete. That’s going to be a key. How do we develop Justin Fields?”