The last time a Bears assistant was hired away to become an NFL head coach, Chicago was fresh off its first – and last – Super Bowl win.
The Philadelphia Eagles plucked defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan from the Bears following the 1985 season. Ryan was the architect behind Chicago’s fierce 46 defense, which shut out New England in Super Bowl XX.
The last time the #Bears had a coordinator hired away to be the head coach of another NFL team?— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) January 4, 2016
Buddy Ryan in 1986.
Ryan would go on to coach five seasons in Philadelphia and two in Arizona, compiling a 55-55 career record as head coach.
Chicago could be on the verge of losing another top assistant this offseason as teams line up to interview offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Gase is among the hottest coaching names in the NFL this offseason and already had three interviews set up by Sunday night.
The 37-year-old assistant was scheduled to interview with Philadelphia today, Cleveland on Wednesday and Miami on Thursday.
All three teams are aggressively pursuing Gase, according to Pro Football Talk.
Gase has been credited with the recent success of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who said this week that Gase’s system is the best he’s ever seen.
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