Jahns originally tweeted: “I can also report that the Bears have spoken to Duce Staley about a role on Matt Nagy’s staff.” But he deleted that tweet and followed up with this one:
Let me rephrase this: the #Bears haven't spoken to Duce Staley. I deleted the original tweet because of it. I jumped the gun a little bit. There is interest there, however. That's it for right now.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) January 22, 2021
The Bears notably have a vacancy at running backs coach with Charles London leaving Chicago to join the Atlanta Falcons’ new coaching staff.
Staley has some obvious ties to the Windy City. He overlapped with former Eagles assistant and current Bears head coach Matt Nagy in Philly from 2010 through 2012. Staley also previously worked with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
Staley is seemingly under contract with the Eagles so they can block him from leaving. But perhaps he feels spurned (and understandably so) with the team hiring Nick Sirianni instead of him and really wants out. The Eagles might feel like it’s best to do right by Staley after not allowing him to advance his career in Philly. Besides, Sirianni might have his own idea for who he wants as the Eagles’ running backs coach.
We’ll stay tuned to see what becomes of the Bears’ interest in Duce.