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Why did the Bears hire Matt Eberflus?  Good defenses, better reputation at the heart of the decision for the choice of the head coach

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Why did the Bears hire Matt Eberflus? Good defenses, better reputation at the heart of the decision for the choice of the head coach

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Bear Daaa have found their new coach.

The Chicago Bears will hire Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as head coach, according to reports Thursday. Eberflus faces the difficult task of helping move the franchise forward and move past the Matt Nagy era at Soldier Field.

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Eberflus was also a hot coaching candidate in 2021, interviewing the Jets and Chargers after the Indianapolis season ended last year.

Jim Caldwell and Dan Quinn were also reportedly in contention for the Bears job, but Eberflus eventually got the nod. Here’s why Chicago ultimately chose Eberflus as their next bench boss:

Why did the Bears hire Matt Eberflus?

More than a program or results, Eberflus brings with it the reputation of being a good developer of young players and a leader. That’s not to diminish what his defenses have done, however.

Since arriving in Indianapolis in 2019, Eberflus’ defenses have ranked in the top 10 for forcing turnovers every season, which isn’t exactly an easy task. They also ranked among the top 10 scorers in three out of four seasons.

Defensive coaches aren’t as sought after as head coaching candidates in the offensive-heavy NFL, but the Bears seemed to be tilting the defense in their search for coaches. They hired Eeberflus, but also had Dan Quinn on their radar.

Jim Caldwell, who comes from an attacking midfielder, was also in contention for the top spot.

Arguably the most important factor in hiring Eberflus is who he will hire on the offensive end of the ball to help develop quarterback Justin Fields. Matt Nagy, the man he will replace, failed to help Mitchell Trubisky and Fields grow during his tenure in Chicago.



Why did the Bears hire Matt Eberflus? Good defenses, better reputation at the heart of the decision for the choice of the head coach

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