Chicago Bears hire Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as head coach
Another one of the NFL's top coaching vacancies has been filled Thursday.
The Chicago Bears announced the hire of Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus to take over as head coach.
The move comes two days after the team brought on Ryan Poles, the former Kansas City Chiefs executive, as general manager.
Eberflus, 51, served as the Colts' defensive coordinator for the last four years. Indianapolis' defense ranked in the top 10 in points allowed in three seasons during that span.
The Bears also interviewed Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Detroit Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, with multiple reports indicating that the two joined Eberflus as the team's finalists. Quinn, who interviewed for five other jobs, will remain on as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal information about Quinn's plans.
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Eberflus replaces Matt Nagy, who was fired earlier this month after compiling a 34-31 record in four years in Chicago.
He is the second coach to be hired so far this cycle after the Denver Broncos struck a deal with Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett earlier on Thursday. Seven vacancies still remain.
Contributing: Jori Epstein
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