As they search for a replacement for Jerry Angelo, the Bears must honor the "Rooney Rule," the policy established in 2003 that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and senior football operation positions.
Central to the diversification of the NFL has been the Fritz Pollard Alliance. The organization met two weeks ago for its annual meeting with the NFL's Diversity Committee, which includes Commissioner Roger Goodell, attorney Jeff Pash and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney.
On Tuesday, chairman John Wooten shared his organization's "short list" with the Sun-Times.
* Reggie McKenzie, Green Bay Packers, Director of Football Operations
* Marc Ross, New York Giants, Director of College Scouting
* Ray Farmer, Kansas City Chiefs, Director of Pro Personnel
* Will Lewis, Seattle Seahawks, Vice President of Pro Personnel
* Louis Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles, Director of Pro Personnel
* Sheldon White, Detroit Lions, Vice President of Pro Personnel
* Lake Dawson, Tennessee Titans, Vice President of Football Operations
* Morocco Brown, Washington Redskins, Director of Pro Personnel
Interesting to note that Brown was the Bears assistant director of pro personnel from 2001 to 2007, before he took a promotion with the Redskins.
"This year, there will be a premium on high skills with talent evaluation. That's why you're seeing all these dismissals," Wooten said. "The guys that I gave you on that list have that top quality."
The Bears will have competition, since the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts also have openings. But, several sources told the Sun-Times the Bears position is the most appealing.
Other candidates that are often mentioned by other league executives include: John Dorsey of the Packers, Eric DeCosta, of the Baltimore Ravens, Les Snead of the Atlanta Falcons, and Bill Polian, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts.