Add Chan Gailey to the list of candidates to become the Bears’ next offensive coordinator, which means the Bears could add a third former NFL head coach to their coaching staff.
Gailey, the former Cowboys and Georgia Tech head coach, was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs under Herm Edwards, who is close to Bears coach Lovie Smith, in 2008. He remained in that position when Todd Haley was hired to coach the Chiefs before last season but was relieved of his duties less than two weeks before the 2009 season opener.
Evidently, play-calling during the Chiefs first three losses of the preseason contributed to the split between Haley and Gailey.
“It’s like my mother says — too many roosters in the henhouse, so to speak,” former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said at the time. “Two coordinators and both passionate about what they do and passionate about how they want to call plays.”
ESPN reported that Colts receivers coach Clyde Christensen is also on the Bears’ radar. Smith is also expected to interview Chargers’ assistant Rob Chudzinski. Chudzinski was the Browns’ offensive coordinator for two seasons before returning to the Chargers as assistant head coach/tight ends before the 2009 campaign.
Meanwhile, ex-Bears quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton is expected to interview to become Virginia’s quarterbacks’ coach.
The Bears already employ defensive line coach and former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli and recently hired Mike Tice to coach the offensive line. Tice was head coach of the Vikings from 2002-05.