Bears interview Byron Leftwich for coach, Reggie McKenzie for general manager


(670 The Score) The Bears continued their search for a new head coach and general manager with a pair of interviews Thursday.

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Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich interviewed with the Bears for their head coach position, while former Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewed for the general manager role.

Leftwich, 42, met virtually with the Bears while preparing for the Buccaneers' matchup against the Rams in the divisional round Sunday in Tampa. He has been with the team for three seasons as offensive coordinator after previously working for the Cardinals as their quarterbacks coach from 2017-'18.

The Buccaneers had the NFL's second-ranked offense in both scoring and yardage in 2021 under the watch of Leftwich, the primary-play caller on offense. He was part of the Buccaneers' Super Bowl championship last year as well.

Leftwich was the No. 7 overall pick of the Jaguars in the 2003 NFL Draft, playing nine seasons as an NFL quarterback before joining the coaching ranks.

McKenzie, 58, currently serves as a senior personnel executive with the Dolphins. He worked as the Raiders' general manager from 2012-'18, with the team going 40-72 during his tenure. McKenzie was fired after the 2018 season.

The Raiders went 12-4 in 2016 and reached the playoffs that season, the only postseason appearance during McKenzie's time as general manager. He was responsible for selecting Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Bears have interviewed 10 candidates for general manager: McKenzie, 49ers director of personnel Ran Carthon, Patriots consultant Eliot Wolf, Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds, Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen, Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort, Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook, Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly and Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland.

Dodds withdrew his name from consideration from the Bears on Wednesday, according to a report from NFL Media. That came two days after he met with Chicago's search team.

The Bears have also interviewed seven candidates for head coach: Leftwich, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores and former Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

The Bears are set to conduct a second interview with Eberflus next Monday, making him the first known finalist for either position.

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