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Ted Phillips Reportedly Seeking An Early Exit Strategy
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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.

https://www.sportsmockery.com/chicago-bears-rumors/ted-phillips-reportedly-seeking-an-early-exit-strategy/

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I posted this because it appeared on two other blogs. That said, I don't beleive it for a minute. The chances of sweaty teddy leaving the Bears are zero IMO. In fact, i don't think there's a snowballs chance he relinquishes his job as team president. First of all, 63 is too young to retire, unless his health is poor. Especially the job he has. Sweat ted's entire self esteem is tied to the power he has as president. He gets to call the shots, and he doesn't give a rats ass whether you like it or not. 

What these writer's miss is that his job performance is defined primarily by the finances, and by that metric, sweat ted has excelled. Under his leadership, the franchise has swelled to a value of 4 billion or more. The dividends and bonuses have flowed like champagne, and above all else, the McCaskey's like that money. In fact, there are more McCaskey's joining the company every year, and they all must be paid. No way will they rock the boat and take a chance that humiliating sweat ted by making him vacate the job might drive him into retirement. Would they like to win? Sure. But given a choice between winning or a more robust bottom line, well, I think we all know which they would choose.

Finally, and probably most importantly, sweat ted knows where all the skeletons are buried. You think the McCaskey's want a disgruntled CPA walking the streets fat mouthing them?

Pace and Nagy may go (but probably not), but I'll be truly surprised if sweat ted isn't the Bears president next year. After all, he's practically family.

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I don't care what his reason is for wanting to leave, as log as he is no longer responsible for supervising the GM and football operations

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I agree, but I don't see any way they do anything that would diminish his power.

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Lets hope George seriously wants to build a championship team, and Teddy either does finances or retires.

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I don't know about you, but I'm tired of getting my hopes up. Fans were calling for sweat ted to resign in 2007 after the bears SB team collapsed. Like a cockroach in a nuclear winter, sweat ted survives. 

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Re: Ted Phillips Reportedly Seeking An Early Exit Strategy
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Let him go back to a job which involves only contracts, finances, and accounting, at which he excels. Anything involving football operations, he's horrible at and needs to be removed from.

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