Jan 12, 2022

1/12/22: The Bears build a long list of candidates

1/12/22: The Bears build a long list of candidates
(USA Today Sports)

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I don't usually delve into politics here, but the decision to exempt visiting athletes from the vaccine requirement was clearly made without realizing the advantage they could've given the Bulls in the playoffs this spring by making Kyrie Irving miss the road games, too.  SMDH.

Tuesday's scores
Bulls 133, Pistons 87
Hawks 4, Blue Jackets 2
Illinois 81, Nebraska 71
Loyola 81, Valpo 74 (2 OT)
Marquette 87, DePaul 76

Tonight's schedule
Nets at Bulls (9, ESPN)
Maryland at Northwestern (8, BTN)

The Search Begins

Future co-workers?: Sean Desai and Brian Daboll (USA Today Sports)

With George McCaskey's annual awkward press conference out of the way, the Bears search committee got to work.

Zoom gives the Bears a convenient way to work their way through a lot of candidates with the only limit being the number of hours in a day.

And it looks the Bears want to take full advantage of that.

Here are the candidates they reportedly plan to interview so far:

Coach interviews

  • Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay OC), Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay DC), Brian Daboll (Buffalo OC), Leslie Frazier (Buffalo DC), Brian Flores (former Miami HC), Doug Pederson (former Philadelphia HC), Nathaniel Hackett (Green Bay OC), Dan Quinn (Dallas DC), Matt Eberflus (Indianapolis DC)

Front office interviews

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Cleveland VP of football ops), Glenn Cook (Cleveland VP of player personnel), Joe Schoen (Buffalo assistant GM), Morocco Brown (Indianapolis director of college scouting), Ed Dodds (Indianapolis assistant GM), Jeff Ireland (New Orleans assistant GM), Rex Hogan (NY Jets assistant GM), Rick Smith (former Houston GM), Ran Carthon (San Francisco director of pro personnel)

It's a nice selection of names and the list may not yet be complete. If you felt crummy on Monday, there's at least some reason for hope today.

Now if just the Bears can pick the right bold-faced names from those groups ...  

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Bulls nail pre-Nets tuneup against Detroit

(USA Today Sports)

Credit the Bulls for figuring out one way to lessen the load of a four games in five day stretch: Blow it out on the first night so no one has to log heavy minutes.

Tuesday's 133-87 walk over the Pistons was keyed by a 17-0 run to start the second half and leave Detroit in the dust. Zach LaVine led all Bulls with 29 minutes and the regulars sat for the fourth while the bench finished the game.

Up next: The Bulls will also get an extra few hours of rest as tonight's game at the UC doesn't start until 9 pm, thanks to ESPN.  

  • The win over the Pistons moved the Bulls to 27-11 and they lead the 25-14 Nets by 2.5 games for the top spot in the East. Brooklyn is 0-8 against the top four seeds in the conference, a mark that includes two losses to the Bulls.
  • What happens tonight may largely be up to the status of Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Though both are expected to play, they've also been nursing injuries. Tonight's game starts the second leg of a similar 4 in 5 stretch for Brooklyn.
"I’m pretty sure they’re going to come in here with some type of revenge, especially having Kyrie back." — DeMar DeRozan

News and results

Baseball: MLB and union session set for Thursday
It's scheduled to be the first bargaining session since a seven-minute standoff on December 2. Fingers crossed.

Hawks: DeBrincat scores twice for second straight win
A 4-2 win in Columbus gave the Hawks their first winning streak since winning four straight from November 7-17. DeBrincat's goal with 14 seconds left was just the second empty-net goal the Hawks have scored all season.

Illinois: Frazier's 29 holds off Nebraska
The Illini are 5-0 in the Big Ten after Trent Frazier posted a big night against a feisty Cornhuskers team that's still looking for its first conference win. Eight straight double-doubles now for Kofi Cockburn.

1. Brad Biggs find it "peculiar" that George McCaskey couldn't recall when he first hooked up with Bill Polian. Tribune

2. A good Stephen Holder piece on GM candidate Morocco Brown, who spent time at Halas Hall working under Jerry Angelo. The Athletic

3. A look at Oscar Colas, the next big Cuban prospect the Sox are expected to sign over the weekend. OnTap Sports

4. Marcus Stroman is out here offering to buy Rolexes for opposing pitchers. Cubbies Crib

5. Chicago's Tik Tok historian Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas is working on a Netflix series with the help of another Chicago social media legend. Block Club Chicago

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