Bears have options outside of their box

The Bears are casting a wide net in their searches for a general manager and head coach — 15 known candidates for the GM job and 10 for the head coaching job. Some think it’s too wide. But it might not be wide enough.

Maybe the Bears need to think a little more outside the box. Or outside of their box, anyway. Asking the Bears to do anything unorthodox is risky business, no doubt — the Bears are unorthodox by nature. But it might not hurt to shake things up at Halas Hall.

It’s not the worst tack in the world. In fact, virtually every championship team in Chicago since the 1963 Bears has been the result of some unorthodox/surprising hiring or firing of a head coach.

  • In 1982, George Halas went over general manager Jim Finks’ head to hire Mike Ditka to replace Neill Armstrong — four years later the Bears were Super Bowl champions.
  • In 1989, the Bulls fired Doug Collins — who had taken the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals the previous season — and promoted Phil Jackson, who had never coached in the NBA before. One year later, the Bulls started their run of six NBA championships in eight seasons.
  • In 2003, the White Sox hired Ozzie Guillen — a qualified candidate as the third base coach with the Marlins, but still a long shot choice (over two-time World Series champion Cito Gaston) and was…

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