Chicago Bears eyeing up Eagles assistant as next offensive coordinator
After parting ways with Matt Nagy, the Chicago Bears are reportedly hiring Colts DC Matt Eberflus as their next head coach.
Next on the priority list for Chicago is finding an offensive coordinator who can help develop first-round pick Justin Fields. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo could be on their radar:
With the #Bears having finalized their deal with Matt Eberflus, what’s next for Justin Fields is a big question. #Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo is a name to watch for new OC. https://t.co/6qpqk3yij7— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2022
Patullo worked with Eberflus in Indianapolis as the Colts’ wide receiver coach and pass game specialist from 2018 through 2020 before following Nick Sirianni to Philadelphia. Although he wasn’t a high-ranking assistant, Patullo was considered to be Sirianni’s right-hand man.
When the Eagles’ head coach tested positive for COVID-19, Patullo was expected to be the interim head coach for their game against the New York Giants before Sirianni eventually returned.
Philadelphia’s passing attack was ranked 21st in the NFL this season, so it is a bit astonishing that Patullo would be the Bears’ top choice to lead their offense.
Philadelphia could also lose defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, who has been interviewed by Minnesota, Denver and Houston for their head coaching vacancies. Denver eventually hired Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett while Gannon has been viewed as the front-runner for the Houston job.
Joe Burrow needs OL help in a bad way.— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) January 26, 2022
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