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The Shadow
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I could see this happening when George retires.

Ted Phillips moves into his role (Since he is one of the family)

Ryan Pace replaces Ted

One of Ryans Paces whipping boys becomes GM.

Nagy either gets a new contract or they go with Lazor or one of the other guys already on staff as HC.

This totally sounds like a Bears/McCaskey solution to the ongoing problems of this Organization.

Because why not "Collaborate" and "Communicate" their way to the Super Bowl?

LOL

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

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Sluggobear
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I like some of your thought's on the players Shadow.  We have so many holes to fill. I wonder if any of the players on the practice squad will be able to move up next year. I also wonder what other members think?

The Shadow
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ESPN Provides A Telling Update On Status Of Ryan Pace

By Erik Lambert

Dec 9, 2021

When it comes to Matt Nagy? Everybody is in agreement. The fourth-year head coach will be fired by the Chicago Bears at some point in the near future. Either in the next week or two in order to take advantage of the new NFL rule where teams can interview candidates two weeks early. Or after the regular season concludes with the Bears missing the playoffs. The bigger question now is whether GM Ryan Pace will join him.

There is no question the man is on thin ice too. He is on the cusp of concluding his sixth non-winning season in seven years with the franchise. Much of it is thanks to some major missteps by him. Headlined by the drafting of Mitch Trubisky and the hiring of Nagy. Not to mention other misguided moves that have left the roster old and the payroll bloated. Plenty of people believe he needs to go. Others aren’t sure the McCaskey family wants to do that.

It is a complicated situation.

Dan Graziano of ESPN provided an interesting update on the situation. He called it a “mystery” at this stage. There is no question that Nagy is out, but it remains unclear if the Bears brass will decide to let Pace seek another coach to develop Justin Fields. It was then he dropped a note that should not be ignored. The idea is that George McCaskey may end up having a specific coach in mind. So what happens if the said coach isn’t interested in working with Pace?

“Eyes are on the general manager’s office there. Ryan Pace’s status is a mystery. He could get a chance to hire a second coach and oversee the team’s building around quarterback Justin Fields, but if ownership were to have a coach in mind who wanted a different GM, the Bears could move on from both.”

That is an interesting subplot that I addressed in a previous SM article. The fact that Pace’s uncertain status has left some possible head coach candidates wary of coming to Chicago. Even with the presence of Fields. They may prefer working with somebody with a less shaky track record. Somebody they may know and trust. Especially given his uncertain contract status.

Ryan Pace is running out of time to make his case

As the team continues limping towards a discouraging finish, there isn’t much for the GM to hang his hat on. The defense has disintegrated over the past two months. The offense is as bad as it’s ever been in Bears history. Aside from a few bright spots like Roquan Smith and David Montgomery, Pace’s roster isn’t performing. His best hope right now is Fields. If the rookie can take a step forward over the final five games, that might get ownership behind him.

On the other hand, another loss to Green Bay on Sunday might be the final nail in his coffin. Ryan Pace was hired to close the gap with the Packers back in 2015. Instead, he’s managed to beat them a grand total of two times since he took over. If somebody were to write anything on his eventual Bears gravestone, it would be that. In the minds of most, he is no different than the GMs who came before him.

Unequal to the task.

So when is clarity coming? Most predict around Christmas time. That is when the two-week window for interviewing coaches will begin. If the Bears part ways with Nagy at that time? It might suggest that Pace is safe and will be part of the picture moving forward. If they don’t? That could suggest McCaskey does what he did back in 2015. Wait until the end of the season and then clean house. Should be an interesting next two weeks.

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https://bearswire.usatoday.com/?p=491051

Article list all the 2022 Bears players who UFA or  RFA  Somehow I copied the wrong link sorry.

Sluggobear
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Looks like the Bears will be finally br making changes in the upper part of the organization. My hope is they fill the positions with competent, knowledgeable football individuals.

Sluggobear
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I have a laundry list of names to replace Teddy to kick around. Gary Fencik, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Drew Brees. I would be okay with any of these candidates. I do favor Gary Fencik because he was a member of the 1985 championship Bears team, former Bears safety, Barrington HS grad, Yale graduate (big brains) and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Gary was successful in the financial world. Fenck played 12 years in the NFL  He could bring a breath of fresh air to the Bears.

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Sluggobear wrote:

I have a laundry list of names to replace Teddy to kick around. Gary Fencik, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Drew Brees. I would be okay with any of these candidates. I do favor Gary Fencik because he was a member of the 1985 championship Bears team, former Bears safety, Barrington HS grad, Yale graduate (big brains) and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Gary was successful in the financial world. Fenck played 12 years in the NFL  He could bring a breath of fresh air to the Bears.

What would you think of Trace Armstrong?  Saw a piece about his name being considered, maybe only as click bait type speculation. But apparently TA is a sports agent who is employed by a few recognizable head coaches instead of actual players. And the writer thought this connection might prove beneficial to the Bears in a number of ways.

One thing to consider......Matt Nagy has Armstrong as his agent currently. Would you want anything Nagy related even being kept around the Bears after Nagy's eminent firing?

Wanted: intelligent football savvy head coach. Contact George McCaskey.

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Corn Cob wrote:

 

Sluggobear wrote:

I have a laundry list of names to replace Teddy to kick around. Gary Fencik, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Drew Brees. I would be okay with any of these candidates. I do favor Gary Fencik because he was a member of the 1985 championship Bears team, former Bears safety, Barrington HS grad, Yale graduate (big brains) and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Gary was successful in the financial world. Fenck played 12 years in the NFL  He could bring a breath of fresh air to the Bears.

What would you think of Trace Armstrong?  Saw a piece about his name being considered, maybe only as click bait type speculation. But apparently TA is a sports agent who is employed by a few recognizable head coaches instead of actual players. And the writer thought this connection might prove beneficial to the Bears in a number of ways.

One thing to consider......Matt Nagy has Armstrong as his agent currently. Would you want anything Nagy related even being kept around the Bears after Nagy's eminent firing?

I have read several insider speculation articles that Trace Armstrong is who the Bears would like to lead this team. With Teddy either retiring or moving into the new expanded Bears World theme park in planning for the Arlington Park location. Armstrong is also a Coach Agent and represent Coach Day of Ohio State, who coached Fields and who could get the most out of him in the NFL. One drawback, Trace also represents none other than Matt Naggy.

Armstrong is an ex-Player and ex-Bear who the McCaskeys hold in high esteem. Sounds to good to be real, so it will never come to fruition.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

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The Shadow
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Sluggobear wrote:

I have a laundry list of names to replace Teddy to kick around. Gary Fencik, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Drew Brees. I would be okay with any of these candidates. I do favor Gary Fencik because he was a member of the 1985 championship Bears team, former Bears safety, Barrington HS grad, Yale graduate (big brains) and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Gary was successful in the financial world. Fenck played 12 years in the NFL  He could bring a breath of fresh air to the Bears.

I am with Fencik, a strong NO to Dungy, a yes to Manning, okay with Rice and another NO with Brees. The bigger question is are any of these guys even interested in this position.

Bears should have or should go after Amy Trask. She has done well at all her previous stops and was only limited by the Men standing in her way or that were afraid of her. I remember Jon Gruden being one of those. Funny how his email leaks shows a reason for that.

The best thing for this team is a complete new Front Office to clean out the rubbish and remove the stink. Building new digs in Arlington, building a young new team and starting some new things instead of living in the past.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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Cob, I think Trace would be a fine choice. I did not include him on the original list because of all the press about him. I think Teddy should be removed now and someone should take over. You can't hire a GM and coach until Ted's replacement is in place. We are running out of time to get a good candidate who is on another teams. George don't delay this decision get Phillips out of the way, and get his replacement in place.

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