Bears: Straight from the GM’s mouth
Bears general manager Phil Emery left his options open Tuesday at Halas Hall as he described his search for Lovie Smith’s replacement.
On most important criteria: “We’re going to look at a wide variety of candidates. We’re going to look offensively. We’re going to look defensively. We’re going to look special teams. We’re going to look NFL. We’re going to look college. Whatever combination that person possesses in terms of excellence in combination with the individuals that would comprise his staff will have a lot of weight on that person being right for the Chicago Bears.”
On previous head-coaching experience: “No. 1 criteria is that they have excellence in their role. Being able to, when they talk and present themselves, being able to project themselves as our head coach, whether they’ve been a head coach in the past or not.”