The now former fourth-year Texas football head coach Tom Herman found a new home last week by taking his coaching talents to the next level to join the Chicago Bears in a support role on staff. Herman was hired on by Bears head coach Matt Nagy to serve as an offensive analyst/special projects coach.
This will be the first time that the former Longhorns head coach Herman coaches at the NFL level. It also comes after there was some speculation that Herman could wind up joining another Power Five program as a head coach. Two programs that stuck out at one point in particular were the South Carolina Gamecocks (parted ways with Will Muschamp) and the Tennessee Volunteers (parted ways with Jeremy Pruitt).
But this was an interesting hire for the Bears since Herman obviously is still a bright offensive mind. It could just be a bit of a struggle for a newly hired analyst like Herman to help figure out the problem that is the lacking Bears offense.
Although, the Bears are reportedly going all out to land the former Clemson Tigers superstar quarterback and the current Houston Texans signal caller Deshaun Watson this offseason. It has become well known of late that the Bears are doing their best to land a top tier quarterback this offseason, such as Watson or the Seattle Seahawks star signal caller Russell Wilson.
Could the former Texas football head coach join Watson
The combination of Herman and Watson, among other support pieces on the Bears offensive coaching staff, could be very special for the Bears. Working with the former North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t seem too ideal if Herman is looking to take the next step in his coaching career at the NFL level.
It won’t come cheap for the Bears to land Watson, though. They would likely have to part ways with a significant amount of future draft capital and player assets this offseason if they are even to get the Texans to the table for trade discussions involving landing Watson.
Considering the high price of getting quarterbacks to town that was already established by Matthew Stafford this offseason, acquiring Watson won’t be easy to any degree. Watson is a star quarterback that registered more than 4,800 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, 444 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns, during the 2020 season.
Watson has established himself as one of the very best quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s got a bright future ahead, and a team like the Bears could really use an upgrade at the quarterback position. This could be a good fit, but it’s hard to tell how likely a trade like this is actually to happen this offseason.
Moreover, the idea of the combination of Herman’s pro-spread offensive scheme ideas and a very capable dual-threat quarterback Watson uniting with the Bears could be solid for Nagy. It could also do wonders for Herman’s coaching career from here on out.
Under the direction of the former head coach Herman, Texas finished up with a record of 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) during the 2020 season. They won five of their last six games to round out the 2020 campaign, including a 55-23 drubbing of the Colorado Buffaloes in the Alamo Bowl back on Dec. 29.