Leslie Frazier Opens as Favorite to be Next Bears Head Coach

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  • The former Vikings HC played for the Bears in the 80s
  • Pat Fitzgerald, Jim Harbaugh, and Josh McDaniels also have favorable odds
  • More prop bet odds

The end of the NFL regular season brings many things. As the 14 playoff teams prepare for their postseason matchups, the other 18 teams must start planning for next year. For a handful or so of teams each year, the offseason planning starts with the search for a new head coach. So far, there are already seven head coaching jobs open. Urban Meyer and Jon Gruden lost their jobs during the season. Five other coaches lost their jobs after their regular-season finale.

One head coaching gig that has been garnering a lot of attention so far is the opening in Chicago. The Bears are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Rookie QB Justin Fields showed flashes throughout his debut season that showed why he was a first-round pick. They also have one of the league’s best RBs in David Montgomery. Chicago’s defense could use some work, but they should be much improved next year if a healthy Khalil Mack returns.

For the Chicago front office, the question is whether they should hire an offensive-minded coach to develop Fields. Or, they could go defense and try to reclaim the glory of the Monsters of the Midway. The oddsmakers at SportsLine see Chicago going with the latter options. They have Bills’ DC Leslie Frazier (+400) as the favorite to take over the Bears’ head-coaching job. SportsLine is offering odds for plenty of other coaching candidates too in their new prop bet.

Frazier was a member of the storied 85 Bears team and won a second Super Bowl as a DB coach with the Colts in 2006. The former Bears’ DB has been coaching in the NFL since 1999. However, Frazier’s first stint as a head coach could have gone much better. The Vikings went 21-32 under Frazier and had only one winning season. Since being fired by Minnesota, Frazier has spent time with the Buccaneers, Ravens, and Bill’s. Under Frazier, the Buffalo’s defense has turned into one of the best units in the league.

3 Other Candidates Have Better Than 10-1 Odds

Frazier has the history with the Bears’ organization to make him an early favorite for the open position. However, he is not the only candidate that has better than +1000 odds. Three coaches are also close behind Frazier in betting odds according to SportsLine.

Pat Fitzgerald (+500) has the second-best odds to be the Bears’ next head coach. Fitzgerald has been the head coach at Northwestern since 2006. In his time with the Wildcats, Fitzgerald has accumulated a 109-90 record and appeared in 10 bowl games. He is also from Illinois and could represent a choice that is popular with the local fan base. However, the debacle that was Urban Meyer’s tenure in Jacksonville could make teams likely to pull coaches from the college ranks this offseason.

One college coach that has a proven track record in the NFL is Jim Harbaugh. SportsLine lists Harbaugh at +700 to be Chicago’s next head coach. Harbaugh is coming a season where Michigan appeared in the CFP for the first time. The Wolverines will be hard-pressed to repeat their success any time soon. Now may be the best time for Harbaugh to move on. Harbaugh has also been tied to the opening in Las Vegas, so Chicago could find themselves in a bidding war.

Another former NFL coach being linked to the Bears is Josh McDaniels (+700). The Patriots’ OC could be a great choice in terms of developing Fields into an elite QB. McDaniels struggled as a head coach the first time around. He led the Broncos to an 11-17 record. He also left the Colts out to dry in 2018. The history of struggles by former Belichick assistance could also be working against McDaniels.

Longshot Candidates Could Offer Value

None of the other head coaching vacancies have been filled yet. As a result, there are plenty of candidates available. The Bears also fired their GM Ryan Pace. Whomever Chicago hires to replace Pace will likely have their own list of candidates. Until a GM is in place, it will be difficult to narrow the list of candidates down. The oddsmakers at SportsLine are offer odds for plenty of other candidates who have had their names thrown around for potential head coaching jobs.

Byron Leftwich (+1000) has been talked about as a head coaching candidate for months now. The former 7th overall pick has been serving as the OC in Tampa Bay since 2019. Much of Leftwich’s coaching career has been under Bruce Arians. The “no risk it, no biscuit” style would certainly be a change for Bears fans. Leftwich has also been linked with the opening in Jacksonville. The former QB was drafted by the Jaguars in 2003. Leftwich has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams as a player and coach.

Another OC with Super Bowl experience is Brian Daboll. SportsLine has the Bills’ OC listed at +1100 for the Chicago job. Daboll was on the staff for five of the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins. He was also the OC for the 2018 National Championship-winning Alabama team. Daboll has been a big part of the development of Josh Allen for the Bills. Ownership in Chicago could pick him as the guy to develop Fields in the same way.

Kellen Moore (+1200) is one of the youngest candidates getting attention this coaching cycle. The player turned coach has found success in Dallas calling plays for the Cowboys. Now, Moore could be picked up by one of the many teams looking for a new head coach. If the Bears’ front office sees Moore as the next Sean McVay, they should do everything they can to sign him. One knock on Moore is the overwhelming offensive talent he has had at his disposal in Dallas.

There have been many more names talked about for the Chicago opening. A full list of the odds from SportsLine can be found in the table below.

Leslie Frazier +400 Pat Fitzgerald +500
Jim Harbaugh +700 Josh McDaniels +700
Byron Leftwich +1000 Brian Daboll +1100
Kellen Moore +1200 Matt Eberflus +1300
Jerod Mayo +1500 Greg Roman +1500
Sean Payton +1800 Doug Pederson +2000
Ryan Day +2000
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Shaun Stack, a native of the state of Kansas, has been a lifelong fan of all sports. Shaun has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh Bradford. He began writing for GamblingSites.org in 2021. ...

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