Chicago Bears select Matt Eberflus as new head coach

Matt Eberflus has spent the past four seasons as the Colts’ defensive coordinator.

The Chicago Bears will hire the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, Matt Eberflus, as his new head coach, sources revealed to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Eberflus, 51, was also considered a candidate for the United States’ head coaching vacancy. jacksonville jaguars. He will join the new general manager Ryan Poles to take charge of a team of bears who went 6-11 in 2021 with Matt Nagy, and that in nine of the last 11 seasons he has missed the playoffs.

Chicago also interviewed the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys Dan Quinn, and the former head coach of the Colts Y Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell, for the position.

Eberflus has spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator for the Colts under the direction of the head coach Frank Reich. Their defenses finished in the top 10 in points allowed three times, including a tie for ninth in 2021, with 21.5 points allowed per game.

Eberflus will inherit a Bears team that placed sixth in the NFL on total defense in 2021, but struggled offensively and suffered instability at quarterback, where the veteran andy dalton he alternated as a starter with the rookie Justin Fields.

The bears They don’t have a first-round pick in 2022 because they traded it to the New York Giants for the opportunity to select fields, who showed flashes of potential both as a passer and running back, but who finished the season with just seven touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Chicago he left with a record of 2-8 in the 10 games he started fields in his debut season.

The bears had two postseason appearances in his four years under the command of Nagy, but haven’t won a playoff game since 2010. They are 1-3 in the postseason since appearing on the Super Bowl XLI At the end of the 2006 campaign, a game won by the Colts.

Eberflus He began his coaching career at Toledo in 1992, and spent nine years with the Rockets as a student-assistant, graduate-assistant, outside linebackers coach, and defensive backs coach. He spent the next eight seasons as defensive coordinator for Missouri (2001-08) before making the leap to NFL, where he coached the linebackers for the cleveland browns (2009-10) and Dallas Cowboys (2011-17), before joining the Colts prior to the 2018 campaign.

In the first season of Eberflus in indianapolis, the Colts they improved from 30th to 10th in points allowed, and from 26th to 8th in run defense. He also worked under the notorious defensive coordinators Rob Ryan Y Mount Kiffin in Dallas, which allowed him to work in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.

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Chicago Bears select Matt Eberflus as new head coach