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Bears expected to make strong push for Gary Kubiak

Gary-Kubiak-TexansThe Chicago Bears are expected to make a big push for Gary Kubiak as their next head coach, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday, saying the Bears are “prepared to make a major push” for the Ravens offensive coordinator.

Kubiak was an offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 1995-2005 before leaving to become head coach of the Texans in 2006. He was Houston’s head coach for nearly eight seasons and led the team to a 61-64 record and two playoff appearances before being fired amid a disastrous 2013 campaign.

Kubiak did not interview for head coaching positions while the Ravens were still in the playoffs.

“I said, ‘John (Harbaugh), if anybody wants to talk to me, just tell them no. I’m a busy man right now,’” Kubiak told reporters after the regular season ended. “I think it’s always flattering as a coach to be mentioned by any organization in football. But my total focus is on our football game, what we’re doing and trying to enjoy what I’m doing right now.”

Now that the Ravens have been eliminated from the postseason, Kubiak is free to interview with teams.

Part of the thinking behind Chicago’s reported interest in Kubiak is that they have a first-time GM, Ryan Pace, in charge, so it would be nice to pair him with an experienced head coach.

The Bears have also interviewed Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Broncos OC Adam Gase and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn for the job. Even if they were interested before, this high-profile candidate is no longer available.

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