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Bears interview Schoen for GM, Daboll for coach

Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll

The Bears on Sunday interviewed Joe Schoen for their general manager position and Brian Daboll for their head-coaching job.

Schoen and Daboll both work for the Bills, who won their second straight AFC East Division title this season and routed the Patriots 47-17 Saturday night in a wild-card playoff game in Buffalo.

Schoen has 21 years of NFL experience, including the last five with the Bills as assistant general manager.

Prior to arriving in Buffalo, Schoen spent the previous nine seasons with the Dolphins as a national scout (2008-12), assistant director of college scouting (2013) and director of player personnel (2014-16).

Before being hired by Miami, Schoen worked for the Panthers as an intern in the ticket office (2000), a scouting assistant (2001) and an area scout (2002-07).

As a player, Schoen was a three-year letterman at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he played quarterback as a freshman before switching to receiver. He graduated in 2001 with a communications degree.

Daboll has 21 years of NFL experience, including the past four as Bills offensive coordinator. He has helped Josh Allen develop into one of the league's top young quarterbacks. In 2020, Allen finished second in NFL MVP voting after setting franchise passing records with 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Bills, Daboll served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama in 2017, helping the Crimson Tide win the national championship.

Before being hired by Alabama, Daboll spent five seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator with the Browns (2009-10), Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012) before serving a second stint with the Patriots as tight ends coach (2013-16).

Daboll began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1998-99. He then entered the NFL with the Patriots as a defensive assistant (2000-01) and receivers coach (2002-06) before serving as Jets quarterbacks coach (2007-08).

Daboll has won five Super Bowl rings, all with the Patriots, to conclude the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014 and 2016 seasons.

As a player, Daboll was a two-year starter at the University of Rochester, where he earned a degree in economics.

The Bears have now interviewed six candidates for the general manager position and five for the head-coaching job in the last five days:


Glenn Cook (GM)
Doug Pederson (HC)


Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (GM)
Champ Kelly (GM)


Jeff Ireland (GM)
Brian Flores (HC)


Monti Ossenfort (GM)
Jim Caldwell (HC)
Nathaniel Hackett (HC)


Joe Schoen (GM)
Brian Daboll (HC)

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