The Bears are turning to Aaron Rodgers’ position coach to try to take quarterback Justin Fields to the next level. New head coach Matt Eberflus hired Packers quarterbacks coach and pass-game coordinator Luke Getsy as his offensive coordinator Sunday.
Getsy, who will turn 38 next month, worked under Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who earlier this week was named the Broncos’ head coach. Getsy is so well-regarded that the Broncos interviewed him for their head coaching job, too.
Getsy, though, has never called plays in the NFL; LaFleur held those responsibilities.
Still, Getsy will be Eberflus’ answer to the biggest question that faced him the second he interviewed for the Bears’ coaching job. If his bet on Getsy is correct, the hiring would have the dual effects of helping Fields and hurting their rival — whether Rodgers is still playing for the Packers or not.
The Bears could pair Getsy with an experienced quarterbacks coach; Texans quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton interviewed for the coordinator job Saturday, but he could be looking to land somewhere with play-calling responsibilities.
In order to get hired, Eberflus, the former Colts defensive coordinator, needed to sell new general manager Ryan Poles on a dynamic offensive plan for Fields. Getsy emerged as a candidate on Friday and was interviewed by the Bears.
Given Rodgers’ singular skill set, it’s unclear what kind of scheme Getsy plans to run with the Bears — although an increase in run-pass option looks in Green Bay the past few years indicate he could do the same with Fields.
Getsy has never worked with Eberflus, but his history is similar to that of Poles and Ian Cunningham, the man he hired Saturday to be the Bears’ assistant GM. Cunningham had been with the Eagles since 2017, first as a college scouting director, then an assistant player personnel director and, as of last year, co-player personnel director. His hiring represents a new front office structure; former GM Ryan Pace never had an assistant GM.
Both Poles and Cunningham are former ACC offensive linemen who appeared briefly in NFL training camps in 2008 — Poles with the Bears and Cunningham with the Chiefs. Getsy started at an ACC school — Pittsburgh — before transferring to play quarterback at Akron in 2005 and 2006. He was in the 49ers’ training camp in 2007 before being cut.