The latest on the rapidly churning head coach rumor mill from Jason La Canfora has New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as ready to move on at this point. He’s a hot commodity after rebuilding his reputation following the head coaching flop in Denver eight years ago, and the Bears interviewed him on Friday.
Ultimately, La Canfora says it’s “very likely” it comes down to the Bears and the Colts for McDaniels, and guesses that it’ll be the Colts for McDaniels on the hope that Andrew Luck can rebound to health. If McDaniels believes he could win more quickly with Luck, rather than developing Mitch Trubisky, then you couldn’t blame him for opting to go that route. And if Luck is going to be healthy in 2018, then that’s a might attractive gig for a young, offensively-inclined head coach looking to stick in his second go-around.
Of note, the Colts got the first crack at McDaniels, interviewing him back on Wednesday, and it reportedly went “very well.”
If it plays out that McDaniels does go to Indianapolis, La Canfora guesses it’ll be another young offensive mind for the Bears: Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. The Bears interview DeFilippo yesterday, and Peter Schrager reported that he’d be open to keeping Vic Fangio on as his defensive coordinator. Not a bad outcome at all, though it remains to be seen whether Fangio will want to stick around under a new head coach, or explore his many opportunities elsewhere when he hits free agency this week.