(CBS) Bears general manager Ryan Pace’s first order of business was to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
If the Bears are interested in securing Bowles’ services, they may have to move fast. Bowles is a hot commodity who will be getting a second interview with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons per a report from NFL.com’s media insider Ian Rapoport.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Drop For Second Consecutive Week
Bowles has previous head coaching experience. He served as the Dolphins interim head coach for three games in 2011 after Tony Sparano was fired, finishing with a 2-1 record.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sprinkle Chance With Sunset
Over the past two seasons, Bowles has turned Arizona’s defense into one of the league’s best. In 2013, the Cardinals finished the season as No. 1 against the run (84 yards per game), sixth in sacks (47) and points allowed (20.3).
In 2014, the Cardinals finished fifth in points allowed (18.7) and were the first team to hold Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray under 100 yards.MORE NEWS: Judge Rules Prosecutors Can't Show Kyle Rittenhouse Link To Proud Boys At Trial In Kenosha Shootings
Last November, the Cardinals extended Bowles contract through the 2017 season.