The Chicago Bears need to think about only one thing while they look for their next head coach: offense.
While going 14-34 under now-fired John Fox for the past three seasons, the team struggled to score points with consistent balance and explosiveness.
Now that the Bears have their franchise quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, they need an offensive-minded leader to take him to the next level as they also continue to improve the personnel around him.
With that in mind, here are the seven coaching candidates most qualified for the task at hand.
Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator, Vikings
Shurmur, who worked with Sam Bradford early in his career and has turned Case Keenum into something special this season, would be a great get for Trubisky. He also has some previous NFL head-coaching experience in the QB wasteland known as Cleveland.
Shurmer is both organized and experienced at age 52. Trubisky's athletic skill set would mesh well with his system. It also wouldn't hurt to take him away from a division rival.
Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator, Chiefs
There's also some Alex Smith in Trubisky, and Nagy is responsible for getting terrific, rejuvenated play from the veteran in Kansas City. In addition to helping Trubisky settle better, Nagy would turn running back Jordan Howard and tight end Adam Shaheen into the centerpieces of the offense while also pushing to get his second-year QB a speedy deep threat to complement them.
At age 39, Nagy is ready for a shot to break free from Andy Reid.
Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator, Rams
LaFleur's boss, Sean McVay, is an offensive wunderkind who's about to run away with coach of the year honors. In relation to the 31-year-old McVay, LaFleur, 38, is a coaching veteran with good experience under another such genius, Kyle Shanahan, in Houston, Washington and Atlanta.
Bears' seven best coaching candidates to replace John Fox
Sporting News | Jan 2