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Bears down to three finalists for coaching job

1/15/2013 6:20:47 AM
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Bears general manager Phil Emery has moved to a final round of interviews in search of the franchise's next head coach, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has a second interview scheduled Tuesday, and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman are also in the mix, according to multiple sources.

Emery could have his man as soon as Wednesday so the new coach can begin assembling his staff before the Senior Bowl begins Monday in Mobile, Ala.

There have been 13 known candidates interviewed by Emery since Lovie Smith was fired Dec. 31 and his focus has been heavily on coaches with offensive backgrounds, something that wasn't a surprise after Emery talked in detail about the long-running inconsistencies of the Bears' offense at his Jan. 1 news conference.

Bevell interviewed for the first time Saturday in Atlanta before the Seahawks were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Falcons. Arians met with Emery on Sunday and he was scheduled to interview with the Eagles on Tuesday, something that is not happening now. Trestman's original interview was Jan. 7.

All three known finalists have done impressive work with quarterbacks throughout their careers.

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