Report: Bears to talk to Rogers Thursday

Updated: January 27, 2010, 11:49 AM ET
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The Bears are going to need a coordinator to organize their coordinator search.

The latest development in Chicago's quest for someone to run their offense came on Tuesday when the team received permission to speak with Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, the Sun-Times reported.

The Bears will interview Rogers on Thursday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Green Bay Packers denied the Bears' request to interview Tom Clements for the offensive coordinator's position.

The Bengals' Ken Zampese, the Chargers' Rob Chudzinksi and former USC and current Seahawks assistant Jeremy Bates were among the assistants the Bears had interest in. Ravens assistant Hue Jackson was on Chicago's radar but took the offensive coordinator position with the Raiders on Tuesday.

Former Rams coach Mike Martz, who worked with Lovie Smith in St. Louis, has also been mentioned as a candidate.

Prior to joining the Vikings as quarterbacks coach in 2006, Rogers spent four seasons at Virginia Tech.

During his first two years in Blacksburg, the star player on the Hokies' offense was none other than Bears running back Kevin Jones.

"I know him very well, he's a real good guy," Jones told ESPNChicago.com Tuesday. "He'd fit in here really well. He's a real players coach. He was always very well liked by everybody I knew."

Rogers also coached at Notre Dame (1999-01) and Syracuse (1991-98), where he helped quarterback Donovan McNabb.

ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.

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