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Chicago Bears coaching search: Interview schedule comes into focus

It appears that Bears general manager Phil Emery is going to be quite the busy man this week.

Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

With the Chicago Bears' coaching search hitting high gear this week following the firing of Lovie Smith on Monday, the good folks over at Windy City Gridiron are doing their best to keep tabs on all that's going on. General manager Phil Emery already schedule multiple interviews with possible candidates recently, shedding light on the team's candidates.

Just a couple days into the process, here's what Dane Noble gathered from reports on Emery's upcoming activity:

  • Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong interviewed with Emery on Tuesday night in Atlanta. Armstrong reportedly wants former Chargers head coach Norv Turner to be his offensive coordinator.
  • Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview with Emery on Wednesday.
  • Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis will interview with Emery on Saturday morning in Dallas.
  • Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, one of the hottest coaching candidates in the league, will be interviewing for head coaching vacancies on Saturday and Sunday. The Bears have requested the chance to speak with him, so front office members will likely be in Denver over the weekend.
  • Noble says that Emery indicated that the Bears would ideally have their new head coach installed by Jan. 19, when this year's East-West Shrine Game goes down. That would seemingly given the new coach significant time to build his new staff and work with team executives to prepare for the 2013 season.