Two more teams were eliminated from the playoffs, which means there's a deeper pool of candidates for the Bears to look at to round out their coaching staff.
But, I don't see any obvious candidates from the New York Jets.
The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, have a couple coaches I think the Bears should put on their radar.
First, former Bears cornerback Leslie Frazier isn't an option since he's under contract through the 2010 season. But the Vikings defensive coordinator had his unit playing pretty well on Sunday, holding the high-powered Saints offense to 257 net yards and limiting them to three-for-12 on third downs.
I mentioned defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, who has overseen an outstanding unit that features three Pro Bowl players. But Dunbar was with the Bears in 2004, coaching the same position, and it's unclear if Lovie Smith would want to bring him back.
But there are two other candidates I think the Bears may at least think about, if only for a moment.
The first is Fred Pagac, the Vikings linebackers coach. As I mentioned before, Pagac is very well respected in Minnesota. He was key, several sources have told me, in the transition from Mike Tomllin to Frazier. In addition, Pagac coached with Smith at Ohio State in 1995. Pagac hasn't been a coordinator in the NFL, but he was at Ohio State from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, his unit led the nation in rushing defense, was second in pass defense and fourth overall.
Pagac also entered the NFL as a tight end with the Bears in 1974 and was the winner of the Brian Piccolo award.
The other assistant is Joe Woods, the Vikings defensive backs coach. He's 39 years old, and he hasn't been a coordinator either. But Tomlin tried hard to bring Woods to the Steelers.
Woods has grown up in the Tampa Two defense, having coached with the Buccaneers in 2004 and 2005.
Given his age, Woods could be of interest to Smith. He has the insight and understanding of the scheme, and he has a solid reputation for teaching young defensive backs. But, Smith might be able to shape Woods a little bit more than a coach with tons of coordinator experience.
Finally, let's not forget about Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams, who I mentioned right at the beginning. Since the Bears have waited this long, they might as well wait another week and try to talk to him, too.