The Bears are believed to be seeking permission from the Baltimore Ravens to speak to quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson for their offensive coordinator opening.
Jackson has been widely credited for the quick development of quarterback Joe Flacco, the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Jackson, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator in 2007, joined the Ravens when John Harbaugh was named head coach.
Jackson has a strong reputation as a coach, and his experience includes coaching both receivers and running backs in the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders reportedly interviewed Jackson for their head-coaching position last week, according to multiple reports. But since he's under contract to the Ravens, Jackson would need the club's approval to interview for the Bears job, even though it represents an obvious promotion.
Teams can deny permission for any employee under contract, except for those who are under consideration to be a head coach or general manager.
Jackson played quarterback at Pacific in the 1980s, and he also played basketball there.