LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace is on the hunt for the 16th head coach in franchise history.
Here is the coaching candidate tracker, which we will update as news warrants.
Who they've interviewed: Bears Team Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips and Pace traveled to Minnesota on Thursday to meet with Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator George Edwards.
Shurmur received rave reviews in 2017 for the work he did with former backup quarterback Case Keenum. The 52-year-old Shurmur spent two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (9-23) and also coordinated NFL offenses in Philadelphia and St. Louis.
The Bears spoke with Shurmur on Friday morning before Pace, McCaskey and Phillips departed for the east coast.
Edwards, 50, coordinated one of the NFL's best defenses -- with help from head coach Mike Zimmer -- in 2017. Entering their Week 17 matchup with the Bears, the Vikings defense ranked near the top of the league in almost every statistical category. Edwards meet with the Bears' brass on Thursday.
The Bears interviewed in-house candidate defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Wednesday, the team announced. Fangio inherited a complete mess in 2015, but over a three-year span, Chicago’s defense was the strength of the team.
The Bears finished the regular season ranked ninth in points allowed (20.0), seventh in passing yards (211.0), 10th in total yards (319.1) and 11th in rushing yards (108.1).
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed with the Bears on Friday evening.
McDaniels, 41, is arguably the most coveted head-coaching candidate on the market. The former head coach of the Denver Broncos has won five rings as an assistant in New England. McDaniels’ brother, Ben, worked as an offensive assistant for the Bears on John Fox’s staff.
The Bears met with Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Saturday.
DeFilippo is credited with helping develop Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate, and the Bears would be hoping for similar results with Mitchell Trubisky. The 39-year-old DeFilippo isn’t a conventional choice, since Frank Reich holds the title of offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. But talk to people who are around the Eagles organization on a daily basis, and they say no one has been more instrumental in Wentz’s development than DeFilippo, who also has worked for the Browns, Raiders, Jets and Giants.
Finally, Kansas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy interviewed for the Bears job on Sunday. Nagy's season is over after the Chiefs lost to Tennessee 22-21 in Saturday's AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Nagy, also 39 years old, is in his first year as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and took over play-calling duties from head coach Andy Reid during the season. He worked as Alex Smith’s quarterbacks coach from 2013-15 when Smith made his first Pro Bowl.
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks confirmed on Monday that the Lions, Giants and Colts all requested permission to speak to him about their head coaching positions, but Wilks is not currently scheduled to visit with the Bears, according to a source.
Wilks, 48, was the Bears’ defensive backs coach from 2006-08, and part of the staff that helped Chicago reach Super Bowl XLI. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman, Nathan Vasher and Corey Graham and safeties Mike Brown and Danieal Manning are among the notable defensive backs that played under Wilks during stint with the Bears.
Upon leaving Chicago, Wilks followed former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera to San Diego where he coached the Chargers secondary for three seasons.
Wilks joined Rivera in Carolina in 2012 and was named the Panthers’ defensive coordinator this past offseason after Sean McDermott left to take over the head coaching job in Buffalo.