Could Mike Shanahan be the next coach in Chicago? ESPN Chicago says that the former Broncos coach could be the next man in charge of the team. They state a source says that Shanahan is interested in the Bears job if it should be open at years end.
Even now, with a potential Monday night humiliation in the offing, Jerry Angelo’s refusal to give Lovie Smith the coveted vote of confidence and a bevy of suitable candidates in the wings, you don’t hear much about potential replacements for the Bears’ head coach. Specifically, you don’t hear much about the most obvious and most suitable prospect. A close friend of Mike Shanahan’s said the Chicago native and two-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Denver Broncos would be “extremely interested” if the Bears’ head-coaching job were to become vacant.
“The job is really attractive to Mike,” the friend said. “It’s home [with relatives of his, including his dad, in the Chicago area, and wife Peggy’s family still in the Bloomington area]. It’s a great challenge because that roster needs to be made over, and the one guy there to build the team around is the one guy he has already built a team around and with whom he has a tremendous comfort level, Jay Cutler.”