Bears interviews to continue into weekend

I can tell that a few of you are starting to get antsy about the Chicago Bears' coaching search, which is now well into its second week. All I can tell you at this point is that it appears the first round of interviews will continue at least through Sunday.

According to this timeline from Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, the Bears were scheduled to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Thursday. Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will interview Friday, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Saturday, and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will meet with them Sunday.

All told, the Bears have sought out first-round interviews with at least 13 candidates, including their special teams coordinator, Dave Toub. According to the Chicago Tribune, however, Toub interviewed recently for a job as an assistant with the Carolina Panthers, and also has a meeting scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs.

At some point, the Bears presumably will narrow down their field and bring finalists to Halas Hall for second interviews. But you're looking at next week at the earliest for that portion of the process, assuming the second round doesn't start until the first round ends. Stay tuned.