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Bears Give Pace a Chance as Next General Manager

| January 8th, 2015

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There has been much talk in the Chicago sports media about the general repugnance of the Bears GM and head coaching positions. If one had no access to information outside The Tribune and The Score one would think taking over a leadership role inside the Bears organization was viewed similarly to taking over a maximum security prison with only a fly swatter and a Wiffle ball bat as protection.

Yet, here is Ryan Pace. Having rejected multiple opportunities to interview for positions that did not fit his specific criteria, Pace enthusiastically pursued the Bears GM gig. Here is Ryan Pace, not phased in the least by supposedly poisonous existence of Ted Phillips in a position of power. Boy does that spill hot coffee on the morning motives of certain folks.

What do we know about Ryan Pace?

When asked if he could describe what makes Pace so talented, Loomis said, “Yes, I can, but I don’t like to. I kind of feel like he’s been our secret for a while.”

“But look, he’s a great, young personnel director,” Loomis continued. “He’s got a great eye for talent and guys that fit with what we are doing and what we want to do. He’s very talented. He’s a guy that we’re going to lose at some point.”

Pace originally joined the Saints in 2001 as an assistant in areas like game-day and training-camp operations before working his way up through the scouting department. He was promoted last year from pro scouting director into his current role, where he oversees all pro and college scouting.

  • Many inside the Saints also believed he was quickly rising as heir apparent to Mickey Loomis.

There is no such thing as a home run hire when it comes to the acquisition of a new GM. Nobody knows how a personnel man will perform when escalated to the top spot in an organization’s front office. But the Bears have chosen a young star they hope will lead them for the next decade or more. Only time will tell if that decision was wise.

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  • Bear Down in Tampa

    1st

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Sorry had to do it at least once.

      • Bender McLugh

        guilty pleasure

    • Bob

      Hey man I grew up in Brandon. Florida represent!

  • Viva

    Dear Ryan,
    Dave Toub for HC, please.

    • John Doe

      If Toub is so good, why has not a single team of the 6 teams looking for Head Coach has interviewed him?

      Dan Quinn, Darell Bevell, Todd Bowles, Adam Gase are all coordinators who have been interviewed by multiple teams. I have not heard Toub’s name discussed with any team’s head coaching vacancy except Bears.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Stigma with being a ST Coordinator, took John Harbaugh forever to get a look.

        • John Doe

          You would think he would at least get an interview. the fact that he is not even getting a long-shot interview is not comforting..

          • BerwynBomber

            Could be wrong — and the Pace hiring itself provides caution in terms of tea leaves reading –but Toub’s HC chances might have taken a serious hit with Ballard being out as GM.

          • John Doe

            I think so too. Toub may not even get interview with Bears.

            The Head Coach may come from Pace’s circle. Does anyone know coaches he has worked with in the past?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Kromer…LOL

          • Scott W.

            LOL

          • Scott W.

            You might be right Mr. Doe, but It’s possible Pace will consider him on the merits. Not sure Ballard was necessary to get Toub.

          • dwhnt47

            I like the idea of having Toub as HC, or Bowles, or Quinn. BUT.. The main thing about whoever gets a shot at coach, (as I read and agree with elsewhere) is who he WILL be bringing in as his coordinators. As we have seen in the recent past, having the right talent on both sides of the ball is crucial.

            I don’t care if the defense is awesome if we have to put up with “3 yards and a cloud of dust” offense again.. I want to see excellence on BOTH sides of the ball AND special teams as well.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I can’t think that a new young guy would risk his reputation and career with a Special Teams coach hire. We all loved Toub on ST but teams seem to be staying away from him even though the Baltimore coach won a Super Bowl.

      • Scott W.

        The argument that Toub would be a bad HC because other teams haven’t interviewed him is an argument with so many holes, it doesn’t even resemble a bucket that can’t hold water.
        Seriously.

        • TheBigCheesy

          It’s not the “be all end all” and it doesn’t prove anything, but I don’t understand how it’s a bad argument. It’s definitely something to consider.

          • Scott W.

            It’s so subjective is why. Subjective to infinity. Think about it for a minute.
            Because you haven’t been interviewed by Acme Makes Things Company for a promotion in any of their satellite branches, you would make a lousy Branch Manager?
            It makes zero sense, and the world is filled with evidence that’s just not true.

          • TheBigCheesy

            That’s not apples to apples, for starters.

            If I am in a particular industry with a finite pool of applicants, and no one comes knocking on my door when they have an opening, then it’s natural to question my eligibility…especially when all the head hunters are aware of my existence and my resume; it’s not as though no one is knocking on Toub’s door because they don’t know who he is.

            It doesn’t mean that there’s no way Toub can be a great coach, it just means that these evaluators are measuring Toub against the other candidates and they are not as interested in him. All things equal, it’s not a positive thing, and it’s natural for someone to ask “if Toub would make such a great coach, why aren’t other teams interested in him?”

            It’s really pretty simple.

          • Scott W.

            I couldn’t disagree more. Toub is a proven commodity, yet, he is still “just” a ST coach.
            His ability to coach and lead is well established NFL wide.
            The argument could be made that he changed the way ST are coached.
            However, there is no infinite number of openings, and no infinite number of candidates.
            Both are very limited.
            Because personnel decisions are made by people, who are subject to a plethora of biases, needs, and personalities, it’s impossible to judge Toub for not being interviewed. The Jets are going to want someone different than Ryan, and their pros/cons list is going to be vastly different than Atlanta’s or Chicago’s, et al.
            Does Toub fall within their respective paramaters in terms of what he offers is a legitimate question. That (as far as we know) no one has called him is some sort of red flag just doesn’t make sense in terms of why we wouldn’t, or shouldn’t.

          • Scott W.

            Further, if you need examples, ask any author, artist, journalist, writer, actor, publisher, producer, on the list goes.
            Not getting interviewed/considered says zero about your work, just that those doing the hiring are looking elsewhere for something else.

        • SC Dave

          That’s not the argument at all. The argument is that were he so sure to be a GOOD HC, people would interview him.

          • Scott W.

            Okay. I don’t think for a minute that it’s a “one-size-fits-all” position.
            A great head coach in Seattle would be a bad HC in Tennessee, for instance. I for one don’t blame Rod Marinelli for the 0-16 Lions. There were a lot of variables as is the case with any team.
            The winning formula in SF isn’t going to work for Tampa Bay.
            The criteria each team’s hierarchy sets is wildly varied, and riddled with their own bias, personalities, and needs.
            That Toub hasn’t been hired/interviewed (we don’t know if he’s ever been asked) really only tells us teams didn’t think he fit them. His coaching resume is stellar, as is his well-publicized ability to get excellent effort from so-so players.
            All we can deduce with any accuracy is that other teams didn’t think he fit, or vice-versa.

      • Thisguy_justsaid

        Exactly John Doe! I like Toub but wtf is the obsession with him?

    • Scott W.

      Signed,
      Viva EL Toub
      Scott W.
      The entire Chicago Bears ST unit from 2008-2012.

      • BerwynBomber

        Actually Mannelly’s first choice for HC is Jack Del Rio.

        • Johnnywad

          Man, I just do not get that. Not at all.

    • dwhnt47

      I like Dave, but how about Tom Clements?

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Leslie Frazier.

  • John Doe

    Good hire. Comes from an organization that has done well over the past 5-6 years.

    • Johnnywad

      So are you relieved? You were nearly convinced it was Ballard/Toub. Done deal, bullshit “process”. Does this feel like change? I don’t know shit about this guy.

    • BerwynBomber

      Although their D has largely been mediocre-to-shit the last few years. Don’t know how much Pace had to do with it but would give me pause.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Wow. That seems out of left field.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      did you expect anything less from the organization that gave us Emery and Trestman?

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Yes but I’ve been naive in the past.

  • Big Mike

    Shows exactly how much we know. 3.3% of the vote

  • John Doe

    Is Ballard calling Jets to schedule his interview again??

    • DaBearsBlog

      Ballard wanted assurances that he’d have full control of football operations. Only team offering that currently was the Bears.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    My coaching shortlist (in no order): Bevell, Toub, Fangio, Kubiak, Gase, Rex Ryan.

    • BillW

      No Bowles for you?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Accidental Omission, would rather have him than Gase.

    • Professional Journal

      I would not mind Toub or Kubiak.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      How about Leslie Frazier?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        You’re gonna have to make a strong argument for that one…

  • FQD1911

    I’m cool with this.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Me too.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Oh No! Saw This on Twitter…

    Brad Biggs ‏@BradBiggs 19s19 seconds ago

    Ryan Pace was with #Saints when Doug Marrone was offensive coordinator there from 2006 to 2008.

    • BerwynBomber

      The plot thickens …

    • John Doe

      Nooooo

      No Doug Marrone.

      • BillW

        Hope not. 2008 was a long time ago so maybe he’s not high on him

  • TheBigCheesy

    Man, I’m really gonna miss the days when the Chicago Bears were run by two marble-mouthed nerds. It’s truly been a special couple of years. I’m hopeful that this guy still can’t build a roster, but unfortunately there’s no way he’ll be as embarrassing as the last guy.

    • GPLDAN

      Having Phil Emery as the GM was like having Fred “Mister” Rodgers as your captain instead of Russell Crowe in that movie Master and Commander.

      • TheBigCheesy

        Especially poignant considering Phil couldnt even navigate the “dust on the highway”; there’s no way he could lead a ship to safety. He does have experience with “rolly coasters” though…

        • TheBigCheesy

          god he was such a fucking clown

          • GPLDAN

            The epitome of the 2014 season was when, after the Packers stomped the shit out of them at Lambeau, Trestman has that scared look in his face, and gives short answers and just concludes the presser by saying “look, I just want to get out of here.”

            Yes, Marc. You did. Which is why we all wanted you out of here.

      • Scott W.

        LMFAO

    • BerwynBomber

      A dark day for you, Cheesy. Even worse, sounds like Rodger’s injury won’t heal until the off-season. That and the fact that your run D will get a strong test on Sunday could spell doom for the Pack.

      • Bender McLugh

        “strong test”????? LMAO

      • GPLDAN

        Never count the Pack out at Lambeau but a day like today would be ideal for the Cowboys who can run and control the clock.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, Murray and the DAL O-line coupled with the Pack run D seems like a bad formula for the Cheese. I’m predicting a close DAL win. And the fact that Rodgers has a calf tear doesn’t sound good.

          • Who the Cowboys have to get after Rodgers though? Marinelli is getting the most out of that squad, but Rodgers is deadly accurate as a statue or runner. Plus, they also have Lacey who’s been running angry late.

      • TheBigCheesy

        cowboys are gonna be tough. So pissed they picked up that flag last week. What a joke

        • Doc Hamstring

          Enjoy steamrolling America’s Team. Then you get to watch your boys get spanked by Seattle.

          That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

          • TheBigCheesy

            I’d take that without reservation. Most Packer fans are disappointed with any year where we don’t win the Super Bowl. All I ask for is a division title and a sweep of the bears. As we get further away from 2010 though, I’m sure I’ll grow more impatient

  • Is this the same guy who drafted Vaccarrro, who got benched?

  • I also hope Pace had nothing to do with hiring Rob Ryan as DC since he’s over-rated, but if he knows one Ryan….

  • John Doe

    Corey Griffin16m
    No surprise Pace preferred #Bears to #Jets. Better job, slightly less fervent media market, better roster. From outside, more control, too.

  • No one knows how a personnel man will perform as GM. Pace was certainly qualified for job and comes from winning culture. – Jeff

    True. The most damning thing about Ballard IMO was the 12 year Angelo-osmosis stink.

    That’s why I wanted Gamble, and I suppose we’ll see about Pace, but at least Pace comes from outside the circle jerk, so to speak.

    I guess Accorsi did his job after all.

    • John Doe

      ^^^^^^this.

    • GPLDAN

      I know nothing of Pace. Like…. nothing. Need to do my homework.

      • It’s good to have in sex, that way the girl too will climax, and not just the dude.
        I think about baseball…

      • Scott W.

        No relation to Orlando. That’s all I’ve got.

  • John Doe

    Joe Caporoso18m
    No shame in saying Bears job is generally considered better than #Jets job. Prestige franchise. More in place. Previous Jets GM was awful…

    Joe Caporoso18m
    …past few years and wasn’t relentlessly harassed in a hugely public campaign.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    The bears brass figured “hey, it didn’t work with a grey hair, let’s try somebody right out of high school this time”. Is it just me, or has this guy’s balls even had a chance to drop yet?

    • Scott W.

      I dunno if that’s an appropriate line of reasonable doubt, but it was funny as hell.

    • Trac

      I love the hire Doc. Absolutely love it!

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Why exactly? Not that I feel the opposite. I feel nothing. What do you see or know that I don’t?

        • Trac

          With this hire, I see a departure from former Bears GM’S that projected an inability to connect with the new generation of players with odd draft picks and no team chemistry.

  • Trying to get the dope on Pace. To the Twittermobile!

    Zach Zaidman
    ‏@ZachZaidman

    4m4 minutes ago

    During
    Ryan Pace’s 13 years in New Orleans’ personnel department, Saints went
    115-93, reached the playoffs 5 times & won Super Bowl XLIV.

    • Dan Bernstein
      ‏@dan_bernstein

      19m19 minutes ago

      #Bears
      source: Team really liked Ballard, but wanted to break from the past,
      and Pace better articulated big picture, multi-year plan.

      • BerwynBomber

        That was my fear of Ballard: how much would he be tied to the current roster? Better to have someone look at this team with little or no personal/past investment in the players.

        • That’s why I wanted Gamble. An outside objective eye. No knock on Ballard, but sometimes that’s what’s necessary.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Not Gamble, but A gamble.

      • BillW

        Bernstiens sourcve has been pretty reliable it seems.

        I LOVE the multi-year plan thing. No wild attempt at worst to first that hurts the team in long run (by overpaying for FAs hoping to get it all in one year.)

        • Emery and Trestman had multi-year plans too though. Didn’t Trestman even plan for SB parade or something ridicules like that?

          At that level, they all got their shits planned 6 months in advance.

    • Jeff Duncan
      ‏@JeffDuncan_

      26m26 minutes ago

      Ryan Pace is a major loss for the #Saints organization, the most talented young talent evaluator in the building. Great hire by Bears

    • Zach Zaidman
      ‏@ZachZaidman

      28 Jan 2012

      Phil Emery wasn’t just hired to run the #Bears draft, but be the true leader of the team’s football operations.

    • Adam Jahns
      ‏@adamjahns

      22m22 minutes ago

      Sense
      I’m getting from talking to league folks is that hiring Ryan Pace is
      surprising, but that he’s bright, forward-thinking and capable.

    • Larry Holder
      ‏@LarryHolder

      43m43 minutes ago

      Saints
      blocked Pace from talking with Miami last year as he still was under
      contract. Deal was up after ’14 so Saints couldn’t stop Pace.

    • Jay Glazer
      ‏@JayGlazer

      32m32 minutes ago

      Ryan Pace is a fantastic hire by the Bears. He’s been ready for years but always wanted to wait for his dream spot. Great move

    • Chicago Bears
      ‏@ChicagoBears

      38m38 minutes ago

      #Bears will introduce new GM Ryan Pace at press conference at 11 a.m. (CT) Friday.

  • huntinbare

    From a selfish perspective:
    As long as Pace gives us , the fans, what we want I am all in. Welcome aboard and may success follow you to Chicago, Mr. Pace.

  • GPLDAN

    Is it a bad thing that he’s a player personnel guy like Emery was, instead of a former NFL GM?

    I don’t think it is. He’s younger than most of us (37), and so I appreciate he will be high energy and have good ideas.

    • huntinbare

      I notice King George and Squire Ted like to hire talent evaluators…they need that wisdom because they do not have the acumen to draft talent?
      Maybe this shows that we do need a wiser football mind at pres.

    • willbest

      That he is 37 and now a GM of the Bears makes me feel like I haven’t done enough with my life.

    • BillW

      Not sure too many former GMs get hired a second time. USually if they are a former GM, like Jerry and Phil, there’s a good reason.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Young guys like to use the “moving forward” phrase…drives me nuts.

      Drinking game on how many times he says it in his first presser.

      • “Bears’ way” is popular around Halas pressers.
        “Tradition”. “Process”
        Want to get drunk, take a shot every time he says those.

  • Doc Hamstring

    I was kind of getting excited about Ballard. Maybe it was his manly beard.

    The only thing that gives me the willies about Pace is his age. Younger than me, so it feels like he can’t be a good manager… for some reason, I kind of feel like that job takes an older guy.

    • Some ppl worried about that of Tomlin.
      Seemed to work out ok for them.

      • BillW

        And Chuckie.

      • Doc Hamstring

        No, a young HC is different from a young GM.

        • It’s different, but I would argue that it’s probably harder to be a young HC than young GM.

          As an HC, you must interact with vets/alpha-males nearly your age on a daily basis who must buy in.

          GMs tend to work behind the scenes.

          It’s different, but I don’t see it as more difficult.

          • BillW

            My concern is will he be able to pull roster authority on a strong coach? Or will we have to get a softy like Tresty to make that work?

            I want a coach who can work WITH him and still be strong. But who?

          • It’s been my experience that age is moot with a strong personality.
            I’ve encountered plenty of younger ppl I respect, plenty of elders I would pull the plug on personally for the sake of humanity.

          • Professional Journal

            Maybe Kyle Shanahan. Not saying that is who I want, but he sounds like who you were describing.

  • huntinbare

    Maybe Pace had the best answer of prospective GM’s; when asked what to do with Cutler.
    He played defensive end for eastern ill. in the late 90’s….
    ..Maybe he will sack him.
    Shannahan went to eastern…..hmmmm.

    • It’s odd since Pace is so young, and apparently unrelated to the blue-bloods, that I’m not sure he has as many “roots” connections with NFL guys like other more vet football ppl.

      • huntinbare

        If he is spot on as a judge of talent, which seems to be one of his foremost strengths, we may be headind for a re-tooling through the draft. Also a future talent pool for sustained success. I never saw him coming; but I am willing to jump off the cliff and see if we can fly.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yep and so did Sean Payton (and Romo and Garafallo). The Eastern Illinois NFL Mafia.

      • huntinbare

        May not be so bad…I heard that the mob has a history of success in Chicago

    • Big Mike

      Shannahan went to EIU?

      • huntinbare

        Apparently…my source was from an article about Pace’s playing days at EIU.

  • Sactowns#1

    Ok… first I would like the record to reflect and aknowledge my own keen insight and Nostradamus like soothsaying ability when I predicted Cuntler wouldn’t start all 16 games in the 2014 season.

    I am now going to go out on a limb and take an unpopular stance and call for the hiring of gym shorts as either HC or DC. The man ran through the NFC North like a hot butter knife.

    • BerwynBomber

      Jim Miller has Shorts near the top of his list. Was a little surprised by that after Shorts’ childishness up in DET but can’t argue with the fact that the man can coach D.

      • Big Mike

        DC at best. I would not like this choice at all. I hate that guy.

  • So, Pace came from the Saints, and undoubtedly knows Kromer well.
    Does he dare bring him back as offensive line coach? lol

    • BillW

      If Cutty is gone, then just maybe he will,

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        Kromer lost a lot of guys respect when he pulled that shit not just Cutty’s. Gould basically called him a bitch.

        • Trac

          No worries mate. All will be forgotten when we hire a defensive minded head coach Yonny. A return to Bear Glory will purge the stench of decay that has darkened Halas Hall for too long my friend. Hip hip hooray!

        • Johnnywad

          And when the fucking kicker’s calling you a bitch……….

    • Big Mike

      No way. But now you’ve stirred up a shit storm.

    • CanadaBear

      Pretty sure that was the tipping point for Nessman’s career in Chicago. Every player that commented about Kromer (even players on other teams) were blown away that Kromer did it, admitted it and didn’t get fired. Kromer will be lucky to get back on with NO.

  • Sactowns#1

    Oh and I’m glad to see Irish back. Did Irish regale us with a tale of alien abduction or how he was on the hunt for the feds lost gold? Where ya been Irish?

  • One waaaaay to early draft impact angle with Pace.

    Kenny Vacarro got benched this season.

    I would think that might turn off Pace from drafting a S high?

    Remember, Vacarro was lauded as nearly a sure thing.

    • Doc Hamstring

      If Pace still believes in him, maybe he could trade for Vacarro. Think the Bears have anyone better presently?

      • I wanted to kick the tires on Barron, so fuck it, as long as the price is right, but I doubt Rob Ryan wants to let Vacarro go just yet.

        • Big Mike

          Draft Landon Collins #1

          • If Vacarro were to come out in this draft, he’d be graded higher than Landon Collins.

            That might give Pace pause.

          • Big Mike

            Draft choices are cheaper.

  • dwhnt47

    Maybe Pace will have the sand to get Tom Clements out of GB for HC!?

  • Scharfinator
    • SC Dave

      Young, sweet, and juicy!

  • BillW

    Just a random thought based on the age factor –
    The head coach will report directly to a 37 year old. So the HC will have to be young himslef, OR so self assured that it won’t matter. OR desparate for a job like Tresty was.

    Let’s eliminate the Tresty types and focus on the other> Who do we think will fit that?

    First guess – Mike Shanahan.
    No way – Rex Ryan.

    • Big Mike

      All the tea leaves say the Bears won’t hire Rex Ryan. Which probably makes him the front runner.

      You think the fact that he’s so young, means he’s getting paid less and that’s why he got the job :). Kidding. But you will see that offered as an explanation elsewhere.

      • BillW

        Already on the Trib and PFT comments. After reading the second claim I came to my senses and ran back here.

        • Big Mike

          morons

    • Professional Journal

      Kyle Shanahan

  • dwhnt47

    Tom Clements for HC!

    • TheBigCheesy

      mothafucka

  • BerwynBomber

    The Score has now had two Ballard supporters — Matt Miller and Greg Gabriel — on the air since the news broke. (No Pace fans as of yet.) Semi-amusing. Miller came off as sour grapes; Gabriel is in lost-the-job spin mode (Ballard told the Bears harsh truths they did not wish to hear.)

    • BillW

      Gabriel (whoever he is) makes no sense. Ballard went all in on the Bears GM job only to blow it by pissing off George and Ted?

      • GPLDAN

        “What possibly came over you two that you would hire an ass clown like Phil Emery?” – Chris Ballard, during his interview.

        Must have been like that.

        • George, “What’s your plan for my sidekick here, Sweaty Teddy?”
          Ballard, “You know that guy who cleans Jerry Jone’s glasses? That would be his new title.”
          Teddy, ” I don’t like that sound of that, masta! Oh nooes.”

          • GPLDAN

            Thou gettus 1000 blog points for the term “Sweaty Teddy”

            It is proclaimed that it shall be his title hencewith

          • Big Mike

            Love it. I was just about to post a comment that Pace could be the choice because he’s young enough and green enough for Sweaty Teddy to boss around. I hope the kid shoves back so hard the Toupee falls off. That is a hairpiece on Sweaty Teddy’s head isn’t it?

          • GPLDAN

            It looks like Shelob, the Spider Frodo fights.

          • Only thing worse than wearing a piece is owning hair that looks like a piece.

          • Big Mike

            So what is it? Maybe that’s what got Ballard in trouble. Hey Sweaty Teddy, nice piece..

          • I might have heard it on the score, or the Himalayan vision I had last night about the anointed one.

          • GPLDAN

            That was just Far Cry 4.

        • Trac

          That got a chuckle. You may be closer to the truth than you’ll ever know.

      • Big Mike

        source or conjecture?

        • BillW

          I’m sure conjecture. I doubt Ballard did anything to piss off the team

    • Johnnywad
  • Trac

    So da blogfadder read the wrong tea leaves huh? Hahaha. I’m just glad we have a GM that isn’t of the same ol same ol good Ole Boy network. This is exactly what we needed. A New Generation GM. I’m stoked. Now bring on Quinn. He he.

    • BillW

      My sentiments exactly. It sounds like an Accorsi pick and not George/Teddy.

    • Big Mike

      So far the Blog and its followers are 0 for everything on draft choices, GMs and Head Coaches.

      Nobody called Emery, McClellin, Long, or Pace. (maybe there were some that called Fuller.. not sure). Makes me shake my head every time.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I called Fuller. Sort of… I called a CB with some ideal traits, just the ones that Fuller has. I didn’t know who Fuller was.

        • Trac

          It was the wrong call. Hee hee.

      • Scott W.

        Hell, I didn’t know Jake Long even had a brother.

      • tobijohn

        No, not 0 for everything. I believe I won some sort of Dubious Achievement Award as I called Trestman…

        • Big Mike

          Thanks for that. Geez…:)

      • SC Dave

        I did call Ego though. Does that count?

        • Big Mike

          In the wrong round if I recall?

          • SC Dave

            I had him dead on IIRC.

          • Big Mike

            10 blog points for calling it.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Data and I were banging the drum for Will Sutton…so we’re 1 for 1,120,156,546

        • Big Mike

          That’s funny and cool at the same time

    • Doc Hamstring

      Brady Quinn? Yeah, he’s available. You want him for QB, or HC?

      (I’m kidding, obviously)

  • GPLDAN
    • BillW

      If Nixon were alive he’d love Roger.

    • GPLDAN

      You know Johnny gets into an apoplectic fit when revisionism hits the Cutler story?

      Who in their right mind can think – with a straight face – that NOBODY in the NFL saw Ray Rice punch his fiance the fuck out? Nobody knew. It only went as high as Ollie North, I swear!

      Come on.

      When the NFL can get a former FBI director to absolve them of blame for something we all KNOW happened, it’s truly a state of the power base – and the state is still strong.

      • All hail our Dear Leader, Roger!

        • GPLDAN

      • Funny part is, the NFL is a micrcosm of the U.S.

        The avg fan yell at Goodell/Pres, but the REAL power are the owners/bankers, and they love their senile greedy power hungry despots.

        Love you, Ginny!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        of course the former FBI director, HIRED by the NFL is going to absolve them.

        • For the delux package, he’d detail your car and mow your lawn.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i am guessing this former FBI is the same guy they called on years ago for advice on how to properly destroy videos from spy-gate.

        • SC Dave

          Did he get a ride on the party bus too?

      • Big Mike

        I do not care what the NFL did or didn’t do, or when they did it.

  • And in honor of our new GM, here’s our new theme song.

    Also, if I were Pace, I would totally bang chicks while blasting that song.

    • Big Mike

      Tom Thibodeau talks about playing with Pace all the time. I had no idea.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    WHO?!?! Was this guy on anyone’s radar? Jeebus, Trestman wasn’t on the radar either and he hit us like a 50 megaton stealth MERV! SHIT! I

    Hope this works!

    • SC Dave

      A 50 megaton stealth talk show host !?

      Now whip it
      Into shape
      Shape it up
      Get straight
      Go forward
      Move ahead

      Bears!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    What a fuck !!!??? I went to bet on my NHL and come home to this ?

    This Ryan Pace at first sight seems smart and competent. He might need help in the form of an important football figure or a Head Coach with experience.

    One or the other is a must. Or you give him time and resources if he’s going to be by himself. It can’t e a 3 year deal.

    PS: Ryan Pace is playing with fire by working for a Bears organization that’s notorious as a dead end in ones career. Lets hope he’s confident, rather than a gambling type.
    We should support him at 360 degrees.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      he’s got a marketing degree so he has that to fall back on.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        good for him.

    • GPLDAN

      If you support somebody at 360 degrees, are you behind him or in front of him? Or beside him?

      Or all of that at once?

      this is so confusing

    • I know you’re pissed that a guy like Pace (who turned down 3 other GM openings) went with the Bears because it ruins your “Bears are a zestpool organization” narrative, but maybe Jeff is right.

      The Chicago Bears in spite of the best efforts of the McCaskeys and Phillips are still perceived as one of the crown jewels in the NFL.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i got a sneaky suspicion that Barb’s upset because he sent a resume to Hallas Hall and they did not call or a rejection form letter.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        you’re a moron.

        • ad hominem is the calling card of morons.
          Look it up

        • GPLDAN

          You know what’s more powerful than nuclear bombs, Dave? Words.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Stupid Bears released the new GM news at the same time as Muller’s ‘this is the truth I swear’ crap.

    That’s stupid. And strange. And suspicious.

    They also pumped up Ballard like it was going out of style. That’s potentially dangerous.

    I hope for Pace they didn’t fuck up.

  • GPLDAN

    Hub-a-dub-dub thought Ballard was gonna get the nod:

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2015/01/06/hub-arkush-mike-shanahan-could-be-guy-for-chicago-bears/awvvc0g/

    He thought Ballard would bring Taub or maybe Shanny the Tranny in.

    With Pace, it’s all different. All of it.

    I hope Pace was told he reports to George, not Ted.

    And I think Taub is probably totally out and Jack Del Rio may be all the way in.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Del Rio = Disaster. He need winners not failures.

    • I was surprised to hear Hub say that Shanny would have been his second choice.
      O Hub, just when I begin to like you.
      I thought Bowles was in?
      Hub reported that the Falcon’s owner Blank’s mom died, so they had to reschedule interview with Bowles for later time, thus giving first dibs to Bears, and that he might be a guy teams don’t let out of the building.
      Might explain why they had Bowles waiting around.
      “Hold on Bowles, we’re getting a GM real quick, then hiring you. Thanks.”

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        They allowed him to leave town.

    • Viva

      Fuck that.

      Dave Toub for HC.

    • BillW

      Hub has lost his credibility in my mind with this one. always comes across like he is the know it all and we’re all lucky to have him to hear how things really are

      He doesn’t know much more than most of us

    • Scott W.

      I don’t know why, but the idea of Jack Del Rio just reeks of “oh well, why not?”.

  • Sactowns#1

    Just booked my flight to NOLA for Mardi Gras. Anyone feel like joining?

  • Thisguy_justsaid

    Dave Toub for HC I still don’t get it.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Interesting on Waddle and Silvy… Broncos beat reporter had a source told him Ballard wanted Cutler out. In his mind Pace went with Cutler part of the future plan.

    • Trac

      Great scoop barb. Anything else?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He thinks Cutler stinks. Wasn’t convinced on Gase as a HC for the Bears in ‘crazy city Chicago’.

        • Trac

          I’ll have to wait and see.

    • I’m not sure I would trust a Donkey beat reporter. A lot of them still hate Cutty for bolting, but if that is true, then obviously Pace is yet another ‘yes man’ in a long line of yes men in Bears org.

      • It also might reveal that Cutty delusion went above Emery, in which case, why fire Emery for simply doing what his bosses wanted him to do?
        Something here doesn’t add up.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          well… that already in the past.

          there were a lot of anti Emery crap leaked. I’ll tell you this…nobody cares.

        • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

          maybe they feel he’s one of the best 16 qbs in the league and that it’s probably important to have an NFL quarterback on your team.

          • Trac

            A lot of people knee Jerked on pulling Cutty and only one person here that I know of still has his back (have no idee who that could be, lol) but the truth is probably somewhere in the middle of both camps. I don’t think Cutty is going any where.

          • I don’t mind him for one more year. Waffle’s right in that other options, while maybe cheaper, aren’t as attractive UNLESS the GM/HC are eying a draftee.

            But after next season, Cutler should be gone.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            we’ll see if you feel that way after 30 TDs 10INTS and 4,000 yds. No team can lose their entire WR corps in the first game and ignore them when their actually playing more than 2yrs in a row. Bye Tresty.

          • If Cutler only turns it over 10 times next year (fumbles and INTs), I will buy a shirt that says, “Waffle is king of the Universe” and on the back it’ll have Cutler riding a Tradewind bottle over Lambeau.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            turnovers happen, ask Luck, Brees, eli, stafford, etc. They suck and have to be kept in check. You also don’t neuter fucking talent on one side of the ball when the other side simply. could. not. be. worse.
            I am convinced that Cutler should be gone when a better route is presented. Unfortunately, there is a chance that our horses will be healthy next year and if they are the same debacle would not play out.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            you’ll reneg on it because when he does throw a pick the other O will drive it the entire length in NFL Films highlight fashion and score whether it be 99yds or 1.

          • I won’t even count end of half/games hail marys.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            i’m making that fucking shirt by the way.

          • SC Dave

            No worries here… not a scenario we’ll ever see.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            it’s a completely realistic situation. Teams that suffer injuries to their most important parts lack consistency and ultimately fail. The injuries to Marshall, Jeffery and Wilson and even Morgan to a degree were the worst possible things that could have happened for this year….and it happened before and during the first game.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            also, why would you be worried about that Dave? As a Bears fan wouldn’t you revel in an awesome season by the quarterback?

          • BerwynBomber

            That sounds similar to last off-season’s Cutler-as-NFL MVP-predictions.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            best laid plans……

          • BerwynBomber

            I’d be impressed with a 35/17 season or a 30/15 one. My belief is that Cutty will never have a low INT % but if his production is boosted it will mitigate the unpardonable nature of some of the mistakes. Not that Jay is in Luck’s class as a QB, but what often excuses the latter’s mistakes is his production.

          • Doc Hamstring

            If Cutler doesn’t progress under the new regime, yeah. But what if Cutler has a better year under the new guy? That would be a tough decision.

          • So once again, the think tank hired a GM based on Cutler?
            Might as well have hired Cutler instead of Accorsi.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            no, Pace probably felt that way. He’s a top qb in the league whether you guys want to admit it or not. did the O take a shit this year? yes. Does that mean there is no way to succeed with the weapons they have? fuck no.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            the refusal to acknowledge to impact of a SHIT year by Marshall due to injuries, Alshon due to injury/something else, Bennett (despite his numbers) the O line and some piss poor playacting to account for those injuries is astounding. Jay had turnovers. Some were brutal and some were just fucking football. There will be improvement in year 3.

            IT HAPPENS. It doesn’t mean anything other than that.

          • The point is, the process.
            Disqualifying a candidate GM because of Cutler is wrong no matter what.
            Not to mention that would make McCaskey/Phillips liars because they themselves admitted before the whole process that call would be totally left up to the new GM/HC.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Jeff Dickerson, a notorious Cutler hater reported that the Bears were extremely leery, not of Ballard’s preference that Cutler be gone, but because of his connections to Emery and Angelo. A different direction was needed.

          • That’s what I heard, and that makes most sense.
            I too was leery of that connection, and that’s the main reason I wanted Gamble, but will see how this new cat does.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            draft and FA will be very interesting this year. Time for a fucking big boy draft.

          • If we get Bowles or a new HC, no one is going to really know who the targets of either will be. There’s not gonna be much history to go on, so a lot of conjecture for Da Blog this off-season.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            my preferences include non white safeties, corners with at least 3 kids from 5 different ladies, huge DT’s that run like running backs and non white DE’s that don’t project at any other position than the one they dominated in during college. No Brainers.

          • Scott W.

            “…a lot of conjecture for Da Blog this off-season.”

            Dunno about anyone else, but conjecture is really my only job description here. Well, that, and to campaign for Toub and occasionally type my copyrighted tag, “Cutler-centric”.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Uhhh year 3? Year 3 of what?

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            oh, sorry, meant 3yrs from having an entire offensive line not make as much as Briggs and Urlacher combined. 3yrs from not having earl bennett and Devin Hester as the 1’s. I’m still coming up with the name for this new era. I was going to call it the “just like every other real life NFL team” era but that is too plain.

          • TheBigCheesy

            You could call it the Kyle Long era I guess. Well, that or Mel Tucker….

          • Irish Sweetness

            If top means top ten, then no he’s not. I’m not talking numbers, just skill.

          • SC Dave

            Let’s hope not. We’ve already paid enough for that guy.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            in the next year when the next round of contracts go it’s just be a middle of the road contract for an NFL caliber quarterback. He’s the best option for the Bears and has been for years, other teams would kill for him. We just have to build a real team now on D. If the O is the issue again in a year we can talk. This was a freak year with freak injuries and it fucked up all consistency.

          • SC Dave

            One could contend, more rationally, that 2013 was the freak year as there were no injuries on offense.

        • Johnnywad

          Emery was more likely fired for hiring Trestman than anything.

          • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

            Trestman, Allen, Houston, his drafting, no safetys, the Cutler contract, etc. I’m guessing this was a multiple choice answer.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well it’s an interesting ‘report’…and an incendiary one.

        To be kept in mind in the future days. Food for taught. Not to be taken as the truth,
        just an interesting potential information.

        • tobijohn

          Barb, even though I don’t agree with a lot of what you say and that you probably meant “thought” instead of “taught” in the above post, I honestly can say that I’m continually and immensely impressed with your English and knowledge of the American idiom. Really, I mean it…

          • I don’t know how to say “Beast” in Romanian, that’s for sure.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The word is ‘bestie’ and it’s most used as an affectionate term…’bestie, pass me the salt’.

          • Irish Sweetness

            More insights on Romanian language please.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Agreed. Barb, how long have you studied/spoken English? Your grasp of the language is superb.

            As is your taste in football teams.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You a Patriot, too ? Just kidding…

            Mann… intensive english classes in elementary school (as a result of a coin toss between the 1st grade teachers the ;first day of school’, literally …english, french, german) and high school, but by that point I wasn’t learning anymore.

            You can’t avoid english even if you try. If you’re a sports fan, watch TV Shows , read or study you’ll read/hear english on a daily basis. Writing is another matter and this blog uses auto-correct which helps a lot because you don’t have to focus on grammar, but on your lexicon.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Autocorrect and the what-now?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s mate.

      • Doc Hamstring

        No, it doesn’t mean he’s a “yes man.” If anything, it shows he was bucking the team. If ownership wanted Cutler out, and Pace came in and sold them a plan with Cutler…

        The only way Pace is a “yes man” is if the organization said, “We want to keep Cutler” and he said, “Yes, sir, yes sir… here’s my plan for keeping him.”

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I think we should have patience before we label the guy in any sort of manner or direction.

          Please…lets not do that.

    • BerwynBomber

      That would contradict the reports that came out after the front office meetings post-2nd Cheese game and pre-Saints game, namely that the Bears front office a) had decided Trestman’s fate, b) that PE’s was hanging in the balance, and c) that they indeed had buyer’s remorse in regard to Cutler.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        1.000.000 reports, often contradictory ones, especially in regard to the ‘Arians fiasco’

  • BillW

    I think we could take each gm candidate and write a loud reason why it was a dumb choice. You know, like a clueless yahoo poster

    Pace. Too young
    Ballard. Typical mccaskey family choice
    Dawson. Bad organization

    But obviously what do any of us or them know?

    I warmed up to the Ballard idea. Reading some nola reporters I’m warming up to pace

  • AlbertInTucson

    New meaning to “Let’s pick up the Pace.!”

  • AlbertInTucson

    Not saying Rodgers won’t be able to play through it but, a torn calf muscle in 20 degrees can’t be much fun. Ofo course, I wouldn’t want to have to tackle Eddie Lacy in 20 degrees, either.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      Rodgers is human but if anyone can adjust his game to try to be effective its him and if there is any play caller that can adjust his scheme to account for the injury it’s Fatty McButterpants McCarthy.

      • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

        I was at the Kohler spa and resort for a family vacation a couple of years ago in Wisconsin. It was the weekend of the Brian Griese Pro Am gold tournament. The day after helping get Ronde Barber get blacked out on Rum and Cokes bigger than his head i took a massage and the guy who walked out right before me was none other than McCarthy. After finding out the masseuse was a Bears fan I asked her what it was like touching that huge fat hairy Packer coach. She looked at me, smiled and simply said…..”gross”.

      • TheBigCheesy

        In case you were wondering, I rec’d this exclusively for “Fatty McButterpants”

    • willbest

      I think Rodgers proved 2 weeks ago that he is better on 1 leg than all but about 6 QBs

  • So, Ballard scared them off, eh? Luckily for you guys, I went TMZ and got video of the interview!

  • GPLDAN

    As corrupt as the New Jersey Port Authority is, I doubt they wanted to be sold into slavery for some Cowboys tickets.

    http://tinyurl.com/lzofg53

  • TheBigCheesy

    Soooo, when does MB30SD return?

    • GPLDAN

      I saw a yellow Ferrari 458 in an underground residential parking garage on the Mag mile two weeks ago with the plates “PAN T DROP”

      I thought maybe it was MB’s car.

      • TheBigCheesy

        that’s pretty epic

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    holy shit we are pussies compared to these guys:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/08/ex-nfl-player-rob-konrad-swims-nine-miles-after-falling-from-boat/

    He swam for 9 fucking hours.

    • TheBigCheesy

      holy mackerel

    • GPLDAN

      he swam 9 miles in 9 hours. That is rough.

      • BerwynBomber

        Nails. I vaguely remember him as a player.

    • SC Dave

      Something about doing it or drowning probably helped.

  • TheBigCheesy

    does anyone know why the hell donkey kong’s franchise tag number is so astronomical? wtf is up with that?

    • BerwynBomber

      Suh was the second highest paid player in the NFL this year behind Cutler — $22.4M to Cutty’s 22.5M. Franchise tag is 120% of Suh’s prior year’s salary.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        another reason back loaded contracts suck

      • BillW

        So will any team offer him 24 million? . Good for him if so. Not us I hope. That buys 3 decent players

        • CanadaBear

          I keep reading he will top Watt’s contract and I’m pretty sure that is around 5 yrs and $100 mil (in real money, not backloaded BS).

          • Gerald McCoy signed for 6/95. I’m guessing that’s the baseline.

          • I was hoping we could pull a trade for McCoy mid-season since they were hosting a fire sale, but Lovie loves his 3techs.

      • TheBigCheesy

        sweet jesus. Thank heavens for the new rookie wage scale…

        • yep, it had gotten to the point that a top 5 pick was actually a detriment, which was why you saw the same shitty teams year after year for a while there. It’s starting to cycle through now, which is the way it should be.

          Texans ran into exact same issue with Mario Williams a couple years ago, which is why he’s now in Buffalo.

  • GPLDAN

    Some were saying that Ryan Pace would essentially GM the Saints as Loomis went to the NBA team. Loomis got pissed when that happened

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/59678/saints-mickey-loomis-rips-report-of-diminishing-role-praises-ryan-pace

    So perhaps Loomis wanted to shuffle Pace off, get rid of the competition below you.

  • GPLDAN

    The #Bears assistant coaches have been told to look for work. Kromer’s firing was announced specifically because they were mad at him.

    -Bernstein Twit on Dec 29.

    I missed that. Haha.

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta give it to George on that one!

    • Johnnywad

      They actually have to pay Kromer BECAUSE they fired him. The Bears’ obligation to pay the other guys ends when they find other work. They will pay Kromer the balance of his contract regardless of future occupation. They were pissed enough to spend real money to make their point.

      • BillW

        Didn’t know that. Good for them

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        should have fired him a couple weeks earlier. i would have thought they would have had a ‘conduct detrimental to the team’ clause that they could have used to weasel out of paying him

        • Johnnywad

          I agree. Heard it on two different stations though. Must be true. Right?

          • CanadaBear

            I read it at the time and laughed like hell. It cost them a bunch of money but they were pissed. When all of that happened with Kromer we looked like the Keystone Cops.

      • willbest

        Not necessarily. Some contracts stop paying when you find new work.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I doubt that will be a “problem” when it comes to Kromer.

        • Johnnywad

          Well according to CBS and ESPN, not Kromer’s.

  • Professional Journal

    I just read all of the comments. Wow!

    I am curious to see what Pace will do.

  • Professional Journal

    The Browns fired Kyle. If he doesn’t get a HC gig or if he doesn’t follow his father if he gets one, I would like Kyle as an OC. I made it clear on who I want for the HC and DC, although Toub seems less likely now. Maybe Kubiak would be a nice choice as HC now.

    • BillW

      Jeff seems to think kyle would be good too. I know little about him. Is he really good and the Browns are dumb (very possible)

      • Professional Journal

        Kyle was the OC for Kubiak in Houston. Kyle did ok in Washington as OC under his dad. Kyle is ok in my book. Rod Chudzinski is a thought too.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Ryan Pace? Mmkay. I have no idea who he is or if he’s a good choice. No clue. But then I had a thought. Nobody’s mentioned Maranelli! Not for DC, but top banana. He might end up in TB as DC, but would he want a shot at the top seat? The Sideline Yoda, shuffling along there in his headset … he’s perfect!

    • Trac

      Utsnay on the old sauce. He was made to be a DC, he cannot change his stars.

    • GPLDAN

      That’s about as good as Silent Jagger

    • He’s perfect! 0-16 season with the Lions!

  • @AdamSchefter: Buccaneers announced former Falcons OC Dirk Koetter as their new OC. – Jeff

    My handle is falling apart!
    That’s alright, as long as we didn’t get Ballard, and don’t get Shanny or his evil spawn, I’m good.

    • GPLDAN

      I guess Trestman didn’t impress.

      • I guess they didn’t read his book.

        • BillW

          All he talked about in the interview was how great his practices are.

      • Big Mike

        Well if Lovie was involved and it involved offense, probably their choice won’t work out so well. Lovie’s offensive philosophy “don’t mess things up, take your time, if we score, great, if not we can still win”

        • Yes, but that’s why I thought Koetter would be good for either team.
          He comes from ATL who arguably has a worse D than us, so it was bombs away.
          Heck, Koetter even got dinasaur Steven Jax to be somewhat serviceable this year.

          But mostly, it was bombs away.

          His experience with Roddy White, Julio Jones and before that Gonzalez would have travelled well to chi town.

          Oh well. Snooze you looze.

      • Scott W.

        Too bad the NFL doesn’t have Practice Coaches. He’d get worn out from all the interviews.

  • Ososfan

    I’d still go for Toub as HC. I reace Pace Wil have full control of football operations and Phillips will have none. I’ll stay quiet regarding this hire, I hope he spices things up. I read he’s more interesting in restructuring the whole team slowly so we will be contenders for a long time but, in the future. So, all I’m guessing is that he’ll have time to build the roster by drafting as the primary point…….

  • BillW

    All I want to hear tomorrow is that acorsi recommended pace. Or at least that it was a unanimous decision. Even if they mean George ted ernie

    My dream is to hear Ryan reports to George. If that happens I’m drinking a shot. . Who’s with me?

    • Big Mike

      I’ll tip one with you. The dream is that it was George making the call vetoing Sweaty Teddy

      • BillW

        I’ve got a little Redbreast Irish whiskey left. Saving it for something special. A new organization sounds special.

        Hey Barb. If Ryan reports to George will you think maybe they are finally eliminating the organizational dysfunction?

    • Accorsi was actually in on the interview, so that’s something

  • I’ve heard multiple sources now say that Ballard outlined in detail changes he wanted to make inside Halas Hall in his interview, and that scared Bears brass. If that’s true, I’m pissed.

    Also did some homework on Saints’ FA moves since 2007 and drafts last 2 years. Not incredibly impressed.

    Overall not saying I’m pissed with this hire, but not sold on it either. Color me a bit skeptical, but damn I hope it works out. If it does, this guy’s only 37, which means Bears have him for 25-30 years.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I was thinking the same thing about his age as well (I’m sure everyone has). Although, at that point, isn’t 25-30 years probably too long for anyone at the same job in the nfl? I feel like the game moves faster these days than it did when you could have George Halas and Tom Landry do their thing decade after decade. Even if Pace is a prodigy, it would be pretty tough to remain elite for 30 years in a rapidly evolving league.

    • Scott W.

      We won’t know for two years if he works out. It barely took Emery that long to make the mess.

    • John Doe

      Sounds like pathetic attempt by the Ballard side to bad mouth Bears that they were not willing to give him everything he wants.

      Let’s be clear about one thing.

      There is only ONE GM in the entire NFL that has full control, total control. And the GM is Jerruh Jones the owner.

      All other GMs are employers of their owners and can be fired at any time. The owner has full control. No GM is going to do things his owner does not want. It would be stupid and sure way to get fired sooner than later.

      Ballard skipped Jets interview because Woody Johnson won’t give him full control. Now Ballard skips Bears job because George McCaskey won’t give him full control over organizational structure.

      What a load of crap.. When did this Ballard guy become such a hot shot for someone with a pretty crappy record under Jerry Angelo?

      Glad Bears stepped out of circle jerk and avoided Ballard.

      • If so, Ballard is pretty Machevellian because that’s the exact raw chord that would resonate with bitter Bears fan.

        If Ballard is implying that the Bears are still a Phillip show, that’s a stab in the back of an organization he’s familiar with.

        Also, if false, it probably burnt whatever bridge he had left to the Bears.

    • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

      I like the young and talented angle but no one works at the same place 25-30 anymore….at least not in the NFL.

      • Trac

        If he builds infrastructure that will allow the Bears to promote from within the organization he could do it. The Steelers and Ravens are perfect examples of how an organization can be perennial contenders by doing this.

  • Scott W.

    Anyone have any thoughts on Rant Sports projecting we take a WR with our 1st round pick?

    Is that really our biggest need?

    • Ososfan

      #1 I believe is Offensive Line take Brandon Scherff Or take Shaq Thompson (LB) those guys would help either O or D immensely right off the bat, IMO. (Both binafide First round guys)

    • Johnnywad

      No. By all accounts now, Pace won the job because he very clearly articulated the breadth of the problem and his long term plan to repair it. In my mind, that likely means he’s going to build from the OL and DL out. I’m guessing that and he’ll be drafting a quarterback early this year or next. The Bears have needs at most positions, but if we’re just generally talking long term, sustainanble success, that would be my order of importance. Perhaps Ego and Will are building blocks. Kyle Long certainly is. You can definitely get a badass edge rusher or OT at the #7 pick.

      Cutler and Marshall stay while the new lines are being staffed through the draft and eventually the QB is groomed along the way. The cap money isn’t an issue if you’re trying to build a dynasty. It doesn’t matter because it’s done through the draft. Hopefully he has a few great drafts and either Cutler turns into the guy, or he’s been drafted and prepared to step in when its right.

  • Scott W.

    Well, guess I’ll go fall on a mattress, see what movies are playing on the back of my eyelids tonight.

    Have fun reading the posts, Irish. Hell of an off season, isn’t it?

  • AlbertInTucson

    According to NFL Network, reports of Mike Shanahan being out of the running for the Bears job are premature and he WILL be interviewing.

    Just saw Clayton on the 4 letter. He was there specifically to talk about HC vacancies and candidates. He seemed to dicuss every opening EXCEPT the Bears.

  • NewBearInTown

    I’ve thought and thought and don’t have much to say about the GM hire.
    I mean, the good seems good. Haven’t listened to him speak yet, haven’t got a sense of the kind of moves he’ll make. Dunno, I hope he works out?
    Here are the thoughts I do have, based very much on extrapolation.
    1) The Bears took Kromer and Joe D from the Saints in what I saw as an effort to emulate that team’s offensive philosophy and focus. It did not work out well in Chicago without Sean Payton around to steer the bus. If the ownership is still trying to emulate the Saints offense with this new GM, I think they are making a mistake. Hiring an assistant to copy a head coach’s philosophy is a bad plan – you hire a guy for what HE can do, not where he comes from.
    2) I don’t have a huge issue with passing on Ballard. Guy seems popular this year, but that doesn’t mean he’s good. But he came from the Angelo tree – the inertia to hire him seemed like a move back toward the Angelo days. Likewise the desire for Toub from some is really more a desire to go back to Lovie. If the ownership went a different direction to avoid the going backwards mentality, I applaud the decision. Unfortunately, the same mentality probably means no Toub.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Joe D came from Dallas

  • You know what’s funny? If Conte doesn’t fuck up that play vs GB for the division, they win the division over GB and go to the play-offs, which most likely would have bought Emery/Trestman one more season.

    So in other words, that fuck up cost both Emery and Trestman their dream jobs.

    Seems fitting.

    • NewBearInTown

      How many moments are there like that every season? Every team has a dozen of those.
      Seems to me if Conte makes the tackle, the Bears make the playoffs, lose in the first round and have the same 2014 and we’re pretty much at the same result.

      • willbest

        You are probably right as far as a Bears losing to the 49ners. But perhaps the 49ners don’t lose to the Seahawks

    • willbest

      Robbie Gould missed a FG in OT vs. the Vikings. Actually Robbie Gould almost certainly cost the Bears the Panther game this year, and if they had won that one they probably wouldn’t have self destructed and gone something like 8-8 which would have saved everybody’s job but Mel Tucker

  • CSN Bay Area reports 49ers DC Vic Fangio would “target” Kyle Shanahan and Ed Donatell as his coordinators were he promoted to head coach.
    Fangio interviewed to replace Jim Harbaugh last Tuesday. Shanahan was just released from his Browns contract, while Donatell has been the 49ers’ DBs coach since 2011. It would be a nice staff for a first-time head coach in Fangio. – roto

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

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