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Bears working towards hiring Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron as OC

After Pete Carroll was removed as the Seattle Seahawks’ head coach a couple weeks ago, it was reported that the team’s assistant coaches would be free to seek other jobs around the NFL. We now have word of the first assistant to leave Seattle.

According to a report by Tom Pelissero at NFL Network, the Chicago Bears are working towards hiring Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for the same position with their team. Waldron had been the offensive coordinator in Seattle over the last three seasons. Before that, he spent several years on Sean McVay’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams.

The wording of the report means it’s not official yet, but there’s no reason to believe it won’t be announced soon so we’ll assume he’s leaving. Waldron won’t have nearly as much talent to work with in Chicago as he head in Seattle. However, Justin Fields’ ceiling remains about as high as any young quarterback in the league outside of Lamar Jackson. The right playcaller and a better supporting cast could unlock Fields’ full potential – which the Bears haven’t even come close to yet.

As for who might replace Waldron, there’s really no way to know until the Seahawks hire their new head coach. They’ve begun the second round of interviews with five candidates, most of whom are defensive-minded coaches.

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