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Chicago Bears interviews two former Dolphins for GM, coach opening – The Denver Post

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Chicago Bears interviews two former Dolphins for GM, coach opening – The Denver Post

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The Chicago Bears’ search for a new general manager and coach includes people who have previously held similar positions with the Miami Dolphins.

The Bears interviewed former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores on Friday, four days after they fired coach Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace, the team’s former general manager.

Ireland served as the Dolphins’ general manager from 2008 to 2013. During his six-year tenure in Miami, the Dolphins produced only one winning season and a playoff berth (2008), and that’ was in the first year of his term. But that season, former Dolphins czar Bill Parcells ran football operations, hiring Ireland and Sparano and making all personnel decisions.

Ireland took full control of the Dolphins front office in 2011 when Parcells retired.

After being fired by Dolphins owner Steve Ross, Ireland spent a season as a draft consultant for the Seattle Seahawks, and in 2015 joined the New Orleans Saints as an assistant general manager. of the organization and director of college scouting, working for Sean Peyton, another Parcells protege. .

Flores, who was fired on Monday, left Miami with a 24-25 record in three seasons due to conflicts he had with Ross, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, among others.

But Flores is apparently one of the hottest coaching candidates this cycle, also attracting interest from coaching openings for the New York Giants and Houston Texans.

After a seven-game losing streak that put the Dolphins in a 1-7 hole, the Flores Dolphins have won seven in a row and won eight of their last nine games to finish 9-8.

Flores, who is respected for his defensive background, produced the franchise’s first consecutive winning seasons since 2002-03. However, his offenses generally struggled.

At Monday’s press conference, Bears president George McCaskey said the Bears would consider hiring a head coach before hiring a general manager if the head coach candidate warrants it.

Chicago has previously interviewed Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Glenn Cook, a Hollywood and University of Miami Chaminade-Madonna Prep graduate, Bears Champ Kelly Assistant Director of Player Personnel, Vice President of Browns Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for General Manager position. , and former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson as the head coaching candidate.

Chicago Bears interviews two former Dolphins for GM, coach opening – The Denver Post

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