Source: Bears to hire Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as new head coach

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(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Poles has made his first big decision in his new job. Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus will be hired as Chicago's new head coach, a source said. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported Thursday.

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Eberflus, 51, held his second interview with the Bears on Wednesday, this time an in-person meeting at Halas Hall with Poles, who was hired Tuesday. Eberflus was considered one of three finalists for the job along with former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Eberflus will be the 17th head coach in Bears history.

Eberflus has served as the Colts’ defensive coordinator since 2018, when he arrived alongside coach Frank Reich. Indianapolis ranked ninth in scoring defense and 16th in total defense in the 2021 season. The Colts ranked 10th in scoring defense and eighth in total defense in 2020.

A Toledo native, Eberflus broke into the NFL with the Browns in 2009 and worked in Cleveland for two seasons. He became the Cowboys’ linebackers coach in 2011 and spent seven years in Dallas before joining Indianapolis.

The Bears held their first interview with Eberflus on Jan. 17, a virtual meeting with Chicago’s five-person search team. Before Poles' hiring, Eberflus was asked by the Bears' search team to conduct a second interview. Poles then led the process to hire him.

Eberflus replaces former Bears coach Matt Nagy, who was fired on Jan. 10 after going 34-31 over four seasons in Chicago and 0-2 in the playoffs.

The Bears interviewed 10 candidates for coach: Eberflus, Caldwell, Quinn, 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.

The Bears have not made the hiring of Eberflus official. He is expected to be introduced at Halas Hall alongside Poles in the coming days.

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