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Chicago Bears Coaching Search: Team Will Interview Former Bucs OC Greg Olson

The Chicago Bears have so far stumbled through their offensive coaching search since firing Mike Martz and re-branding former assistant head coach Mike Tice as the new offensive coordinator and play-caller, and are still looking for someone to serve as the designated "passing game coordinator." After the team was denied permission to speak with Tennessee Titans'quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains earlier in the week, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is now reporting the Bears have moved on and are set to interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson this week.

Related: Titans deny Bears request to talk to Dowell Loggains for Passing Coordinator

Olson served as the offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers over the past three seasons, and in 2033 he worked as the quarterbacks coach for the Bears under Dick Jauron. The organization will allow Tice to call plays and head up the offense, but the former Vikings head coach has not called plays for several years and has focused his time on the offensive line and running game during his time with the Bears, so the team wants someone to help with the passing attack. The problem with the search has been that Chicago simply created this "passing coordinator" position out of this air and can't secure interviews with talented coaches on current NFL staffs because the move is almost certainly not a promotion and thus doesn't compel other teams to grant interviews.

Some other names to keep in eye on, per Biggs, are former Jacksonville Jaguarsoffensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Olson has the most NFL coaching experience of the bunch, but his recent work in Tampa Bay this past season isn't exactly impressive.

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