The Bears kicked off interviews for its general manager vacancy with Jason Licht today.
The New England Patriots routed the Denver Broncos Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Licht is the Patriots director of pro personnel.
Licht played linebacker the University of Nebraska, before transferring to Nebraska Wesleyan and switching to defensive tackle.
He got his first NFL job as a scouting assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 1995 under Tom Heckert.
He joined the Patriots in 1999, as a college scout, then re-joined Heckert in Philadelphia as the Eagles assistant director of player personnel in 2002. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president of player personnel.
After a year with the Arizona Cardinals, Licht returned to the Patriots as director of pro personnel in February 2009.
Phil Emery of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jimmy Raye of the San Diego Chargers, Marc Ross of the New York Giants and Tim Ruskell of the Bears will interview later this week.