On Thursday, the Chicago Bears said they were closing in on a new head coach.
The team had been in the market for a new offensive coordinator for some time, but a number of candidates emerged over the past week.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears’ search for a head coach could take a few weeks.
Bears coach Adam Gase, 49, who’s been in charge of the offensive line for the past six seasons, is one of those candidates.
“I think Adam Gases job has gone from really bad to pretty good, but it’s not going to be easy,” Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said.
Trubisky is still working on his confidence after a Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
He finished the season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and his performance against the Cardinals was one of the most impressive in recent memory.
The Bears didn’t need him to do much to turn things around in Week 2, but the win could give them some confidence heading into the bye.
Trubisk also has to deal with a contract extension that was agreed upon during free agency, but that contract will be for three years and $35 million, and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to keep it past this year.
Gase also has his work cut out for him in Chicago.
He has one of NFL’s best defenses, and a team that was one-third of the league in total yards allowed this season.
Chicago ranked first in rushing offense, first in scoring offense and third in points scored.
It also ranked in the top five in yards per play and points allowed per play.
Trumaine Johnson also has the Bears in the mix for a playoff spot.
He was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he missed the entire 2018 season with a broken leg.
Johnson is a talented runner who can also throw the football, but was injured in Week 3 and missed the rest of the season.
Trumps defense, meanwhile, was a mess for the Bears to begin the season and struggled to contain teams with the ball.
Trubs defense allowed 30 points in Week 1 and 31 points in the first three games.
The offense struggled to get into the end zone in Week 4.
Trubiks defense also struggled against the run, allowing an NFL-low 29 rushing yards per game.
Trusms defense was solid against the pass, allowing just nine touchdowns.
The Bears have one of college football’s best offenses this season, and Trubas defense is one they can count on.
The two quarterbacks in the running back room, Jordan Howard and Christian McCaffrey, are two of the best in the nation, and both of them are under contract for at least three more seasons.
The quarterback competition will also be intriguing as well.
Both quarterbacks are capable of throwing the ball, and one of them could be in the conversation for the job when the regular season is over.
Trubeese’s defense, however, was just one of a number to make the Bears competitive in the NFC South.
The Falcons, who were a league-worst 7-9 entering the season, were also in the playoff hunt with a 6-10 record entering the bye week.
They are coming off their first win of the 2018 season, a 35-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints.