Dan Quinn, Adam Gase still in mix for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- New Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace scheduled more interviews with potential head coaches shortly after he was hired, but team president Ted Phillips said none of the candidates the team has already met with has been eliminated from consideration.

Prior to hiring Pace, the Bears met with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Phillips said the team wanted to make sure they could speak with Quinn and Gase before their windows to interview closed.

“That’s why we went out and interviewed Dan Quinn and Adam Gase, because their teams had a bye in the first week of the playoffs,” Phillips said. “So we thought, ‘Look, we don’t have a GM. But we do want to make sure we can get in the mix with those two guys because they were impressive candidates.'”

It’s unclear whether the Bears plan to bring back Quinn or Gase for second interviews.

Team chairman George McCaskey said, “I don’t think it would be right to talk about the specifics about the head coach search. It’s in Ryan’s capable hands now, and however he wants to go forward, that’s how we’re going to do it.”

Added Phillips: “Nobody has been ruled out.”