Perry Fewell spurned the Bears and selected the New York Giants.
Who will the Bears turn to next?
We know the Bears want to keep running their Tampa-Two based defense because coach Lovie Smith said as much in his wrap-up press conference.
Here is a look at a few possibilities, including assistants from two of the playoff teams that use the scheme:
Joe Barry -- The Tampa Buccaneers linebackers coach, Barry has an ace in the hole: he's assistant head coach Rod Marinelli's son-in-law. Smith appears to put stock in knowing the people with whom he will work, and he gushes about how much he values Marinelli's opinion. Unfortunately, Barry's only two seasons as a defensive coordinator were under Marinelli in Detroit, and they were an utter disaster. The Lions ranked last in 2007 and 2008.
Mark Carrier -- The Baltimore Ravens secondary coach starred for the Bears at safety from 1990 to 1996, earning three Pro Bowl selections. Carrier doesn't have a ton of coaching experience, but the Ravens pass defense has ranked 6th, 20th, 2nd and tied for 8th in his four seasons there. Might be ideal if Smith and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli intend to be very involved.
Karl Dunbar -- The Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach, Dunbar is considered ready to become a coordinator. He's an excellent motivator and capable of pushing all players, including elite ones. Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams are all Pro Bowl players for him. Dunbar also worked under Smith in 2004, and coached Tommie Harris his rookie season.
Herm Edwards -- He knows the defense, and he's got the credentials. He was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before serving as the head coach of the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. Edwards is presently an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Fred Pagac -- The Vikings linebackers coach, Pagac is an old-school coach full of colorful sayings and stories. He has picked up the defense since joining the Vikings in 2006, and he coached with Smith at Ohio State in 1995.
Alan Williams -- The Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach was a long-time assistant under Tony Dungy. Just 40, Williams has developed quite a resume in the last eight seasons. Last season, the Colts pass defense allowed six touchdown passes, the lowest in league history during a 16-game season, and he helped develop sixth-round pick Antoine Bethea into a Pro Bowl safety.