Bears interview former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland

Ireland began his NFL career as an area scout with the Chiefs (1997-2000).

As a player, Ireland was a placekicker at Baylor from 1988 to 1991. He came out as the school’s third all-time leading scorer, and his 45 field goals and 58-yard field goal were school records.

Ireland served as a ball boy for the Bears when he was 12 years old; his grandfather, Jim Parmer, worked for the team as a scout (1972-77) and college scouting director (1978-85). During Parmer’s tenure, the Bears recruited five future Hall of Famers: running back Walter Payton (1975), defensive lineman Dan Hampton (1979), middle linebacker Mike Singletary (1981), tackle Jimbo Covert ( 1983) and defensive end Richard Dent (1983). ).

Flores has 18 years of NFL experience, coaching all three phases (offense, defense and special teams) after beginning his career as a scout.

He spent the last three seasons as the Dolphins’ head coach, compiling a 24-25 record, including winning campaigns in each of the last two years. In 2020, Flores guided Miami to a 10-6 mark, winning nine of the last 12 games. In 2021, the Dolphins won seven straight en route to a 9-8 finish.

Before joining the Dolphins, Flores spent the previous 15 years with the Patriots, winning four Super Bowl rings. He initially served as an assistant scout (2004-05) and a pro scout (2006-07) before moving on to being a coach. He worked as a special teams assistant (2008-09), offensive assistant and special teams coach (2010), defensive assistant (2011), safety coach (2012-15) and linebackers coach (2016-18).

As a player, Flores was a two-year starter and member of four bowl-winning teams at linebacker at Boston College, where he was named to the Big East All-Academic Team in 2003.

The Bears have now interviewed four candidates for the GM job and two for the head coaching job in the last three days:

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