The Chicago Bears have now endured back-to-back brutal losses. First, a blowout in Green Bay 41-25 followed by an epic collapse at Soldier Field against Detroit. They went from leading 30-20 with five minutes left to losing 34-30. If that doesn’t sum up this entire lost season, nothing will. It’s apparent changes are on the horizon. The only question is how deep will they go? This is where the Ted Phillips conversation starts.
The man first broke into the Bears power structure in 1993. Six years later he was promoted to team president. A rather interesting choice considering the man had exactly zero background in football. He didn’t even play it or coach it or scout it. He was a businessman. A former accountant. Putting someone like that in charge of a football team should’ve been seen as a red flag.
Now 21 years later and there’s nothing but regrets.
Chicago has made the playoffs five times during Phillips’ tenure in charge. In a business that is all about winning, that is pretty pathetic. Especially for an organization that helped build the league into what it is today. Now here the Bears are. They’re 5-7 after a 5-1 start, enduring arguably the worst collapse in franchise history. All of it orchestrated by men he had a direct hand in hiring.
Now it appears his artful dodging won’t save him anymore. Word at Halas Hall is his seat is scorching hot along with those of Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace. Team chairman George McCaskey is livid with the state of the franchise and is contemplated wholesale changes. Rather than get fired though, it seems Phillips may opt for a different exit strategy.
David Kaplan reported as much on his ESPN 1000 radio program.
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Woah! @thekapman just said on @kapandjhood that he has a source at Halas Hall who is saying Ted Phillips is likely to retire at the end of this season.