Chris Jones has the ability to see into the future, at least hypothetically.
Jones was asked by Rod Pedersen on his self-named show if he could envision Henry Burris becoming an NFL head coach.
“He’s very good with the media, he’s a very good spokesperson, he’s good with people, so yeah, I can see it happening,” Jones said on The Rod Pedersen Show.
“There’s a whole bunch of things that have to fall in place for him, but Hank’s a really bright guy and certainly Henry is very capable. It’s a matter of getting in the right situation and that type thing, it’s just a matter of the stars aligning and that type thing.”
Burris is an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears after joining the club in 2020 through the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. He is part of a staff that includes fourth-year head coach Matt Nagy and veteran offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
“You never know what you can truly achieve in life until you take a chance and I’m taking that chance,” Burris told Murray McCormick of the Regina Leader-Post. “One of my dreams — that could definitely come true — is to be an NFL head coach.”
Burris revealed that he received interest from CFL teams regarding potential coaching roles after the 2019 Grey Cup but didn’t feel ready to jump back into the game post-retirement due to family commitments. After having three years to spend more time with his wife and sons post-retirement, Burris decided the opportunity with Chicago was too good to pass up.
The Bears had a disappointing season and sit well out of post-season contention in the NFC North at 6-10. It’s likely that Nagy and most of his staff will be fired following the club’s regular season finale on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Burris was on an expiring contract with Chicago, which means his future with the Bears remains unclear.