Here's a closer look at some coaches who could be on the Bears radar for the offensive coordinator opening:
1) Tom Clements -- The former Notre Dame star has all the motivation in the world to become the Bears offensive coordinator. First of all, it would be a promotion, since he's currently the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach, working with Aaron Rodgers,and he would get a chance to work with another talented player (Jay Cutler). Clements also isn't too risky because he was the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005.
Most impressively, Clements helped Elvis Grbac and Kordell Stewart make Pro Bowl rosters. The Packers on Monday denied the Bears request to speak to Clements.
2) Bill Musgrave -- Former NFL quarterback has most notably helped the development of two current NFL starters: Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub. The latter he worked with at the University of Virginia, the former the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan, the third overall pick in 2008, has started 30 games, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 6,356 yards with 38 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Musgrave also has NFL experience as an offensive coordinator.
3) Paul Hackett -- What coaching position hasn't he held? He's been an NFL quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. But Hackett may be most famous for preceding Pete Carroll at USC. In fact, Hackett recruited Carson Palmer, who now stars for the Cincinnati Bengals. Hackett also was the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
4) Mike Tice -- He was ousted after leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 9-7 record in 2005, and he landed in Jacksonville, where he is currently is the assistant head coach/ tight ends coach. Tice doesn't have offensive coordinator experience, but he's widely respected for understanding blocking schemes and developing offensive linemen -- most notably perennial Pro Bowl center Matt Birk. Tice could be eager if Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, who is scheduled to meet with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver this week, is fired.
5) Mike Martz -- Lovie Smith knows what Martz brings to the table, having worked with him in St. Louis. Martz coordinated one of the best offenses in NFL history with the Rams, and he helped turn Kurt Warner from an NFL scrub into a potential hall of fame quarterback. Martz, though, is believed to be an outside candidate at this point.