Jay Cutler was part of the vetting process for Marc Trestman. More bizarre, Mike Martz flew to Nashville to be interviewed by Cutler before being hired as coordinator in 2010.

That cycle is no longer. This time Cutler will be told who his new head coach and coordinator are, not the other way around.

If he is still a Bear, that is.

"I don’t see any players playing a role in that decision,” Bears President Ted Phillips said on Monday. “Ultimately, as the process winds down, if a candidate wants to meet with whoever on the club, we’ll obviously consider that at that point."

For all of what was happening on the Bears’ private Black Monday, with general manager Phil Emery, Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer fired, and Ernie Accorsi hired to find GM and coach replacements, something was conspicuously missing.