Emma: Why the Bears should hire Brian Daboll as their next head coach


(670 The Score) The Bears have cast a wide net in their search for a new head coach, interviewing 10 candidates with various backgrounds.

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There’s appeal in the Super Bowl pedigree of Doug Pederson, the experience of Jim Caldwell and the defensive prowess of Leslie Frazier, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles and Matt Eberflus. But if the Bears are to win big under the direction of their next coach, it'll be because the 22-year-old Justin Fields develops into a franchise quarterback.

Chicago’s best chance at that coming to fruition is by hiring Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as their next coach.

Daboll, 46, has done a masterful job in fostering the growth of Bills star quarterback Josh Allen, who joined Buffalo as the No. 7 overall pick in 2018 with skepticism surrounding his NFL future. Allen was a raw talent who needed the right coaching and playbook. Daboll has provided him with the structure needed to be successful, and the Bills have reached the playoffs in three straight seasons.

Daboll isn’t the product of one scheme or philosophy, which is part of why Allen and the Bills have found success. Daboll’s offense is suited around whatever best fits his quarterback and personnel, which has been on display in Buffalo. During Allen’s first two NFL seasons in 2018 and 2019, the Bills ranked in the top 10 in rushing attempts and yards while operating a run-heavy scheme. Allen was still developing as a passer, and Daboll understood that.

Over the last two seasons, Allen has developed into one of the game’s brightest stars as Daboll altered his offense around his strengths. Daboll has used a system that runs off Allen’s excellent dual-threat abilities and decision-making, and it's an offense that's now more reliant on the passing attack than in Allen's first two seasons.

The Bills have ranked in the top five in the NFL in scoring and yardage in each of the last two seasons, and Allen has surpassed 4,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons. The Bears have never had a quarterback accomplish that 4,000-yard feat, making them the lone franchise in the NFL to boast that ugly fact.

The difference between Daboll and former Bears coach Matt Nagy – who was fired along with general manager Ryan Pace on Jan. 10 – is the depth of Daboll’s resume. It’s why he can bring what Nagy couldn’t for Chicago: adaptability on offense.

Prior to joining the Bears, Nagy spent his coaching tenure working solely under the wing of future Hall of Fame coach Andy Reid. He then arrived in Chicago with the hope of replicating Reid’s success. Nagy wanted to build a Reid-like offense and lead the Bears like Reid has led the Chiefs. Beyond that, Nagy is a former quarterback who became a quarterbacks coach and approached his role as head coach without a greater understanding of how each position functions in his offense.

Daboll is the product of all the different stops in his career, having been an assistant for five NFL organizations and Alabama before joining the Bills. He has coached quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends while working both as an offensive coordinator and defensive assistant.

With that depth on his resume, Daboll has been adaptable in his position as Bills offensive coordinator. He could benefit Fields and the Bears in a similar way. Daboll could build the Bears an offense that fits the dynamic skill set of Fields and then adapt his playbook as defenses react to the newest trends.

The Bears have left no stone unturned in their search for a new coach, much in the same way they have in looking for a new general manager. Now, they must identify who and what fits best for their future.

Daboll represents the Bears' best chance at Fields becoming a franchise quarterback and bringing a winning future to Chicago. The Bears should act quickly and aggressively to hire him.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.