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BEARS ADMIT THERE'S A MYSTERY CANDIDATE
Fueled by an acknowledgment from Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo that he’s considered a secret candidate for the team’s head-coaching job, there’s a growing buzz in league circles regarding the identity of the dude behind door number three.
As we see it, the secrecy points to one of four realities: (1) that the mystery candidate is a big fish – and that Angelo doesn’t want to swing and miss again at another high-profile candidate; (2) that the candidate presently works for a division rival that might be able to counter the move with the benefit of time and advance notice; (3) that the current candidate already serves as a head coach with another team; or (4) that the candidate has the kind of ties to the organization that would create an immediate clamor for him to get the job, if his name were leaked.
Angelo said on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, that the unnamed candidate is in the NFL and that his team is not in the playoffs.
Some think that Coach X is none other than Jimmy Johnson, the former coach of the Cowboys and the Dolphins who could be looking to one-up his former Miami quarterback, Dan Marino, by jumping back into the game after a four-season hiatus.
But if, as Angelo has indicated, the guy is currently in the NFL, it can’t be Johnson.
And, frankly, we can't think of any other high-profile candidates who are with a non-playoff team, and who are serving in any capacity other than head coach.
The lone exception in this regard is Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, a grossly underrated X's and O's guy who has developed an offense that gets the ball to Randy Moss, transformed Daunte Culpepper back into a Pro Bowler, and racked up the most yards in the league for the 2003 season.
By snatching Linehan a year or two before his name hits the "A" list, Angelo would get a guy who could make loyal Bears fans forget all about the name "Shoop."_
And secrecy in this regard would limit the ability of the Vikings to develop a counter strategy short of firing Mike Tice on the spot and handing the job to Linehan._ With time to react, owner Red McCombs might give Linehan a big raise and extend to him a promise that he'll be in line to take the top job if 2004 Vikes continue to move the chains -- but miss the playoffs.
Of the guys who currently serve as head coaches elsewhere, potential candidates (and we’re sweeping as broadly as possible here) include Herman Edwards, Brian Billick, Butch Davis, Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Haslett, Mike Martz, and Mike Holmgren.
Let’s review each one.
Edwards:_ The Jets coach is reportedly in line for a contract extension._ But perhaps the Jets have opted instead to allow a quietly disgruntled Edwards, who reacted sharply in the wake of veiled criticism from owner Woody Johnson early in the 2003 season, to reunite with Angelo, for little or no compensation.
Billick:_ Angelo needs an offensive guru, and a looming change in ownership in Baltimore could make the Ravens willing to allow Billick to fly the coop. (It’s a stretch, but stranger crap has happened._ In the past week.)
Davis:_ As the Browns quietly shop the team, Randy Lerner might be inclined to slide out from under Davis’s contract._ We can't imagine the power-hungry Davis coexisting with Angelo, however.
Schottenheimer: _ His assistants have been invited to look elsewhere for work._ So why not Marty, too?_ Allowing him to walk away gives the Spanos family a perfect "in" for conducting a sham interview process that would begin (and end) with Pete Carroll.
Haslett: _It’s no secret that the Saints would be willing to let Haslett walk from his more-than-he’s-worth contract, if they can find someone better to take his place._ "Better," of course, is an inherently subjective term._ Relying on far more objective factors such as playoff appearances and postseason victories in the past four seasons, former Giants coach Jim Fassel clearly is the "better" coach._ (So is Dick Jauron.)
Martz:_ Though the Rams surely won’t fire Martz despite yet another pathetic postseason coaching display, maybe the Rams let him walk to Chitown – where he might be able to sprinkle some magic dust onto an offense that has been less-than-dynamic since . . . since . . . since . . . hell, have the Bears ever had a dynamic offense?
Holmgren:_ If he’s gonna be back in the NFC, he might as well return to the NFC North, where he ran off six straight playoff appearances from 1993 to 1998, and where he actually won a few of those playoff games._ Holmgren was the big show when Angelo was working for the division-rival Bucs, and Jerry’s memories of those dominant teams of Holmgren’s past might lead the Bears G.M. to think that he can play the role of Ron Wolf in a revival of Holmgren’s past dominance.
As to option four, a reader suggested to us the possibility that a former Bears player (such as Mike Singletary) could be the unidentified prospect, and that Angelo is keeping the candidacy under wraps in order to prevent a hue and cry from Bears fans that would sweep Singletary into the job._
But the mere mention of a secret candidate invites speculation as to the identity of the guy -- and Angelo has to assume that, at some point, the person's name will be revealed._ So if it really is Singletary (or another former Bear), our guess is that Angelo would have said nothing at all about the secret candidate, in order to stave off the kind of backlash that would result if Singletary doesn't get the job, and the public finds out later that he was the guy to whom Angelo was referring.
For those of you who think we sit around making stuff up, well, as to this story we are. We don’t know (as of right now) whether any of these guys is Angelo’s mystery date to the NFL ball, but this latest development in the search for the next Bears coach invites speculation and analysis as to precisely what is happening at Halas Hall.
Don’t take that the wrong way, Bears fans. We like the fact that Angelo apparently is thinking outside of the box in searching for the best possible guy._
But we'll go out on a limb here and offer our own prediction._ Initially, we thought that Angelo was targeting Edwards, Holmgren, or Haslett._ On closer review, however, we think that Linehan could be the guy.
Consider the offensive coordinators out there who are getting serious consideration, and consider the performance of their teams of late._ None of them can touch Linehan's numbers.
And by bogarting Linehan, Angelo would be throwing a serious monkey wrench into the Vikings plans to get back to the top of the division in 2004._ Really, if the candidate isn't a current head coach, Linehan is the only guy whose pursuit would require the degree of discretion that Angelo is applying._
 

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Interesting my man! Linehan is the only guy whom would fit in with the what Angelo is trying to do with the team. I mentioned him in a previous post as a possible OC with Lovie on the new Bears staff. But he's got 2 years left on his deal so its a bit tricky.

Heck no to: Herm Edwards, Haslett, Schottenheimer, and Butch Davis
Thanks but no thanks to: Martz, Holmgren, and Billick
 

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Re: Billick

Originally posted by <b>Modena360</b>!
Is the real deal though.........he team is always competitive and he is a proven winner.
He is also a proven a-hole. Chicago media would eat him alive.
 

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Well we know its NOT Mike Nolan. He decided to stay on as DC under Billick.
 

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Hmm I wonder then.....its not Blache, i am so curious.

We should go after Wilfork with the 14th pick.
 
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