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Bears to interview Vikings' George Edwards for head coaching position

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter of a NFL Football game at U.S. Bank stadium on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The Vikings beat Chicago, 23-10 to finish the season 13-3 and earn a first round bye in the playoffs. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Chicago Bears will interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards on Thursday night, Jan. 4, in the Twin Cities for their vacant head coaching job.

The Bears, looking to replace John Fox, who was fired on Monday, already have scheduled an interview for Friday in the Twin Cities with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

It will be the first interview for a head coaching position for Edwards, the coordinator of the defense that finished No. 1 in the NFL in scoring defense and total defense this season.

"That's a good interview, with a team in the same division," John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said Wednesday. "(Edwards) knows the Bears. He knows their quarterback (Mitchell Trubisky). The Bears will find out that he's very ready to make the next move to head coach."

Edwards is on the Fritz Pollard Alliance list of recommended head coaching candidates distributed to all NFL teams. The Fritz Pollard Alliance works with the NFL on the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and top executive positions.

Head coach Mike Zimmer calls the plays for the Vikings, but Wooten believes that won't be an issue in Edwards' candidacy.

"I've talked to Zimmer and he's always telling me George is the guy that puts together the defensive strategy," Wooten said. "They meet every morning, go over practice schedules. (Edwards is) right down on the field beside (Zimmer), so if he sees something that he believes needs to be called, he can just tap him on the shoulder or whatever."