The Chicago Bears are poised to confront significant decisions this offseason, with the potential departure of current head coach Matt Eberflus looming large. If this scenario unfolds, it appears that the Bears are already eyeing a promising candidate.
According to Josina Anderson, the Bears are anticipated to express interest in Eric Bieniemy, the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders.
This potential move aligns with several compelling factors. Not only is there a pre-existing connection between Bieniemy and Bears’ general manager Ryan Poles from their time with the Kansas City Chiefs, but Bieniemy has notably made significant strides with quarterback Sam Howell in Washington.
News of Chicago’s interest in Bieniemy has generated a mix of reactions, with some mild resistance but predominantly positive responses from both Bears and NFL enthusiasts. The timing of the reports regarding the consideration of head coach candidates further casts uncertainty on Eberflus’ future with the team.
However, securing Bieniemy might pose challenges, given his appeal to other potential suitors. The extent to which his prospects for securing a top coaching position have improved after 13 games remains unclear. Notably, the Bears’ win-loss record is on par with the Commanders, both standing at 4-9.
Nevertheless, under Bieniemy’s guidance, the offense has shown improvement, with Sam Howell ranking second in the league with 3,466 passing yards. Additionally, the Bears have climbed from 30th to 23rd in defense-adjusted value over average, showcasing positive developments under his offensive leadership.