The Bears have requested and are expected to receive permission to speak to Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to a league source.
Bevell is a former Badgers quarterback who also was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, where he helped Brett Favre have an MVP caliber season in 2009. Bevell, though, wasn't able to help develop former second-round pick Tarvaris Jackson, whom then Vikings coach Brad Childress believed could become a franchise quarterback.
But Bevell has been a hot coordinator this year because of his work with Russell Wilson, another former Badger quarterback. But what makes Wilson's season all the more impressive is that he was a third-round pick, and he's performed brilliantly late in games.
The Bears, much to their chagrin, know that all too well; Wilson led a pair of 80-plus yard touchdown drives late in the game then led another long drive to set up a game-winning field goal in overtime.
The Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field 24-14, and they'll face the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
Because the Seahawks are still in contention, Bears general manager Phil Emery will have to travel to Seattle to interview Bevell. The window is Monday through the conclusion of the Divisional Playoffs. Since the Seahawks play next Sunday, Emery would likely need to conduct the interview before Bevell travels with the team to Atlanta.
It's not believed that a time and date have yet been set.