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Reports: Bears interviewing Brian Flores

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Dec 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores waves at fans after winning the game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores waves at fans after winning the game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Flores cleaned out his office at Dolphins headquarters and began planning for an interview with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears are conducting their first round of head coach interviews over video networks this week. NFL Network reported Tuesday that Chicago was the first confirmed interview for Flores.

Flores, 40, was fired by Miami owner Stephen Ross on Monday after going 24-25 in three seasons with the team. The former Bill Belichick assistant had a seven-game winning streak — and a seven-game losing streak — and went 2-0 against the New England Patriots in 2021.

The Bears fired Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace on Monday. Nagy went 34-31 in four seasons with the Bears.

Bears owner George McCaskey, CEO Ted Phillips and consultant Bill Polian are teaming to vet head coach and GM candidates. An undetermined number of finalists will meet with the team’s brass in-person, and McCaskey said he was willing to hire “the right coach” before choosing a GM if needed.

A general manager hire would have “complete football responsibility” but Phillips remains involved in vetting the Bears’ potential move away from Soldier Field to suburban Arlington Heights.

–Field Level Media