Chicago Bears tackles half-baked culture change according to latest report

While Chicago Bears Head coach Matt Nagy has had the effect of unifying the entire fan base against him, general manager Ryan Pace’s position among fans still divided. Some hate him. Some love him. Some people, like myself, can appreciate the good he has done for the team (given the terrible position they were in when he took over) while maintaining that time to move on.

Recent reports (you can read our breakdown of them here) has indicated that Ryan Pace is likely to stay with the Bears in some capacity. Most of us, who believe a new GM is needed, will be okay with Pace staying involved if his new role moves away from football activities and mainly focuses on the new stadium. .

However, if you read the tea leaves, it will become clear that the day Ryan Pace turns to just running the business is a dream as far away as the Bears winning the Super Bowl next year.

My first word that Ryan Pace is safe actually preceded the reports of the past few days and it involved former league executive, Bill Polian. I want to make it clear that Bill Polian’s résumé speaks for itself: Super Bowl champion, six-time tournament operator, inducted into both the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts Hall of Fame/Ring of Honor . He’s forgotten football more since breakfast this morning than I could have hoped to learn.

However, it was speculate that Polian (along with Tony Dungy) is advising Chairman McCaskey on how to get things right at Halas Hall, although this has not been officially confirmed. On the surface, this is great. Someone who knows what they’re doing will advise an organization that clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing.

However, one thing stood out to me as I followed all the reports surrounding Halas Hall: Bill Polian was consulted the last time the Bears had to hire a GM, and when they hired Ryan Pace, Mr. He has publicly welcomed the move.

“Ryan is a great tenant. Ryan was at the top of the list in all of our discussions. He did an excellent job (in New Orleans). He worked under a stressful situation with high expectations. (George McCaskey and Ted Philips) know what they want. He’ll be fine. ”

– Bill Polian in 2015 (via Chicago Tribune)

One of Ryan Pace’s early backers is now advising Chicago Bears ownership.

Look, I think when Pace was hired in 2015, there was a lot of optimism because of the endorsements it brought. Furthermore, I think Pace did a better job than some would like to admit, especially given the situation.

What the Chicago Bears need in 2021, however, is a cultural change. This organization needs to rebuild its identity, not a few small operations. Even if owners believe Ryan Pace isn’t the problem, the big question they need to ask themselves is: Is he part of the solution?

If after seven years they still don’t know the answer to this question, I’m afraid the real answer is right in front of them.

What I know the answer to is how tournament operators tend to behave. Most of these guys are stubborn, always wanting to be proven right. Ryan Pace is stubborn about Mitchell Trubisky. He seems stubborn about Matt Nagy being a Bears man. Matt Nagy himself is stubborn about Trubisky not being the guy. These are not individuals who are always eager to admit their mistakes.

Now, why would someone like Bill Polian, whose resume is attached to his name, go to the McCaskeys and tell them he was wrong about Ryan Pace or that it was time to switch from someone which he apparently pushed during the hiring process. 2014-15 season.

The truth is he won’t and it’s as simple as human nature. Polian wants to be right, like everyone else who holds these senior executive titles. He might advise them that a president is needed to oversee Pace or suggest another shift in the hierarchy, but none of this can provide the kind of cleanup that the Chicago Bears desperately need.

The second hint we’ve gotten that Pace is safe is the most recent report that Matt Nagy has been officially told he’ll be fired after this weekend’s game. Like me hinted at a while ago, letting Matt Nagy finish the season won’t cost the Bears anything and is in fact a positive sign since it means ownership is taking them away from the decision-making process.

The fact that the reports come out before announcing any major changes or hiring a new chairman is a terrible sign that I was wrong and that ownership is still actively involved in the management. football activities.

Ryan Pace may have been told he could start looking for the next Chicago Bears head coach

What I believe all these reports mean, if you put them together, is that Pace will get a new supervisor this season – someone who likes him and is willing to work with him. . Together, they will lead the search for a new head coach and bring home multiple championships to Chicago!

Wrong. This is what the McCaskeys envisioned happening. What is more likely to happen is that the Bears’ half-baked efforts to change the culture and improve accountability will likely lead to a reduction in interested and qualified applicants. Finally, when great candidates pass the job, the Bears will hire someone who says all the right things (like wanting to work with Pace) but has no proven track record.

This is where everything goes sideways. By hiring someone as the new leader and then forcing them to work with another general manager, there will always be some level of fundamental suspicion. This fracture at the top will drip downwards. This will even affect coaches who are interested in the Bears’ work because they know the GM and the President aren’t quite in sync. See what Michael Lombardi has to say about what great coaches look for in the main offices.

“I know that to get a great coach, that coach is going to want symmetry with the front office. That doesn’t mean he wants all the power, but he does want a voice, input and trust in the person standing by his side to help him pick players.

If they [Bears] chose to keep Pace, and it’s certainly their right, that would limit the candidates available to the outside. – Michael Lombardi via Mully & Haugh on 670 points

I fully co-sign this review. Lombardi then went on to say that the reason it’s narrowing the pool of applicants is that coaches might believe Nagy wasn’t doing a great job but was being handled badly by his GM. How aspiring coaches now put their trust in Pace to help them succeed.

When new coaches are hired, they will be “the president’s choice.” If the team fails, Ryan Pace will become an immediate scapegoat and the president will force the owner to be allowed to fire Pace.

This toxicity at the top is bound to flow down the locker room and onto the pitch where the Bears threaten to completely impede Justin Fields’ growth and fail to capitalize on his rookie contract.

This is a doomsday scenario, and it’s all made possible by the fact that Mr. McCaskey is prioritizing continuing to work with his friend over doing what’s best for Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears have a lot of former players like Charles Tillman and Olin Kreutz is an indicator of what it means to be a Bear, what this organization means to fans, and most of all knows what has happened in the past and the questions ownership needs to ask any any potential candidate. They can help ownership to face reality, but until property wants to face it on its own, the rest of us will be stuck with these half-hearted attempts at cultural change. and minimal improvement in the field in the near future. Chicago Bears tackles half-baked culture change according to latest report


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