Smith and the Bears went 10-6 this season and just missed a playoff spot. But Chicago started 7-1 and has struggled to put together a productive offense throughout Smith’s tenure. His record was 81-63 with the Bears, and he took them to one Super Bowl loss and to one NFC Championship game defeat.
The AP, citing a person familiar with the situation, reported that McCoy, the Broncos offensive coordinator, will interview with the Bears and Cardinals this week. McCoy, who interviewed with the Dolphins last year after retooling Denver’s offense to fit Tim Tebow’s skill set, burnished his head coaching credentials this season while helping guide Peyton Manning through his comeback season.
Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill wasted no time in identifying possible replacements, saying at a Monday news conference that the team had reached out to Reid and received permission to interview McCoy.
Another assistant who will likely get some interest is Bruce Arians, who went 9-3 as the Colts’ interim coach this season.
‘‘Obviously, he’s earned any phone call he gets, he’s earned that right,’’ Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of Arians, who replaced him for 12 games while Pagano underwent chemotherapy for leukemia.
‘‘And let me just say this, we do not want to lose Bruce Arians. We know who he is and what he’s meant to this football team.’’