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Otis Day wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:22 pm Harbaugh, college status, he finally beat OSU, he was placed on god status. I believe he was using the NFL for a money grab from Michigan.
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Otis Day wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:22 pmHarbaugh, college status, he finally beat OSU, he was placed on god status. I believe he was using the NFL for a money grab from Michigan.
I don't think so. Mel Tucker's (insane!) deal has already set the floor. Especially since Michigan doesn't like to be second to MSU in ANYTHING.
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Bears requested an interview with Steelers VP Omar Khan:

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Khan has a pretty solid resume... 20 something years with the Steelers.
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Are the Bears....doing...a......a......a good job?

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dplank wrote: Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:23 pm Can Bill Pollian hire himself?
Papa Bear did that a few times... didn't like the other options. LOL
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:31 am Are the Bears....doing...a......a......a good job?

That's encouraging. I've heard good things about most of the people on the list. Just don't know enough about them.
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:31 am Are the Bears....doing...a......a......a good job?

Ted's not out. The new GM will be a defacto Pres. of Football Ops also answering to George. He should be an actual president to be the same level as Ted but it doesn't look like that's happening. Not the best situation but maybe it will work. Polian's been out of the game for 4 years but still keeps up with it and is the one who hired some of the best GMs and HCs to ever work. George relying on him is better than George and Ted doing it on their own. Yeah, Ted will be in on the GM interviews but I'm assuming his questions will be financial related. They haven't stumbled yet, just moving slow and steady at this time.
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IE wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:55 am
wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:31 am Are the Bears....doing...a......a......a good job?

That's encouraging. I've heard good things about most of the people on the list. Just don't know enough about them.
They’ve had good candidates in the building before though. The issue is they tend to select the wrong people over the good ones.

I’m curious if all of them will agree to interviews. Last time George Patton and Eric DeCasta declined interviews with the Bears.

Add Eliot Wolf to the list:
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Actually, it appears that the new GM will be at the same level in the Bears' hierarchy as Ted - with both reporting to the Chairman. This is a HUGE change in the Bears approach - something that was lost in George's train wreck press conference. This doesn't mean it will work, but it's the first major structural shift since Ted went away from both the HC and head of player personnel reporting to him when he hired Jerry Angelo, the Bears 1st GM since Jerry Vainisi.

As for how the Bears are moving, they appear to be moving faster, more aggressively on GM interviews than any other franchise. This can be good or bad, but literally every top candidate is on the Bears' list. The key IMO is settling on their GM SOON.


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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:31 am Are the Bears....doing...a......a......a good job?

Ted's not out. The new GM will be a defacto Pres. of Football Ops also answering to George. He should be an actual president to be the same level as Ted but it doesn't look like that's happening. Not the best situation but maybe it will work. Polian's been out of the game for 4 years but still keeps up with it and is the one who hired some of the best GMs and HCs to ever work. George relying on him is better than George and Ted doing it on their own. Yeah, Ted will be in on the GM interviews but I'm assuming his questions will be financial related. They haven't stumbled yet, just moving slow and steady at this time.
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FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:27 am FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
It asks me to pay $4/mo, is there a special offer somewhere? And that's only if I buy the whole year, and it auto renews and doubles in price next year.
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Pompei has a good article on the Bears finding (or reacquiring) their identify.
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For a team like the Bears, the truth is that identity shouldn’t be created by a general manager or a head coach. It should be organizational, and it should not be limited to an era.

The identity models are the Steelers and Ravens. The faces in those organizations change, the times change, the rules change, but the teams look the same, and they play the game the same way.
He goes to make the case for Bill Polian. It doesn't matter how old he is or long he has been out of the game, what matters is a demonstrated ability to know what to look for:
Retaining Polian as an adviser does not mean Polian should be telling Bears chairman George McCaskey who to hire. It means he is telling him how to hire.
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dplank wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:49 pm
wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:27 am FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
It asks me to pay $4/mo, is there a special offer somewhere? And that's only if I buy the whole year, and it auto renews and doubles in price next year.
You will be charged a total of $48.00 for the first year. Your annual subscription will automatically renew for $71.99 on Jan 12, 2023 and each year thereafter until you cancel. For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.
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dplank wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:49 pm
wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:27 am FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
It asks me to pay $4/mo, is there a special offer somewhere? And that's only if I buy the whole year, and it auto renews and doubles in price next year.
You will be charged a total of $48.00 for the first year. Your annual subscription will automatically renew for $71.99 on Jan 12, 2023 and each year thereafter until you cancel. For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.
Just signed up for $48 the first year, goes to $73 afterwards. The New York Times group just bought The Athletic but I don't think they'll change it up.
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:27 am FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
Excellent article -- I agree with all the points made there. It's a good analysis.

Regarding "The Athletic," I also agree. It's worth the subscription. And by the way, they were just acquired by the New York Times. :o
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dplank wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:49 pm
wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:27 am FWIW, The Athletic reports that the feeling around the NFL is the Bears are closer than people think (and if you aren't paying a buck a month for the Athletic, you are missing out).

https://theathletic.com/3064702/2022/01 ... ed_article
It asks me to pay $4/mo, is there a special offer somewhere? And that's only if I buy the whole year, and it auto renews and doubles in price next year.
You will be charged a total of $48.00 for the first year. Your annual subscription will automatically renew for $71.99 on Jan 12, 2023 and each year thereafter until you cancel. For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.
Usually if you sign up through their Twitter links you get a pretty deep discount. I caught it last year on black friday for .99 a month, but it looks like you can get it for half off here:
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:55 am Khan has a pretty solid resume... 20 something years with the Steelers.
I just read up a bit about Khan. I would take him in a heartbeat.
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Moriarty wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:36 pm I found my way to this

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So the Bears just finished interviewing Pedersen for a HC position. Does that mean he s the type of candidate that can help pick the GM? Or are the Bears doing that with all of the HC candidates?
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Does anyone know if any of these interviews are in person or are they only conducting the interviews via remote zoom or/etc. online conference calls?
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bearsoldier wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:26 am Does anyone know if any of these interviews are in person or are they only conducting the interviews via remote zoom or/etc. online conference calls?
IIRC, the initial interviews are via Zoom.
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Hema2.0 wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:52 am
bearsoldier wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:26 am Does anyone know if any of these interviews are in person or are they only conducting the interviews via remote zoom or/etc. online conference calls?
IIRC, the initial interviews are via Zoom.
Thanks Hema... I was concerned on the way they were going about it with GM process still going on as well.... Hopefully they hire the GM first and then the GM will conduct more in depth interviews with the top 5 coaching candidates.
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Hema2.0 wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:52 am
bearsoldier wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:26 am Does anyone know if any of these interviews are in person or are they only conducting the interviews via remote zoom or/etc. online conference calls?
IIRC, the initial interviews are via Zoom.
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One time I’m in the CFO’s office being interviewed. He’s asking me questions about what specific analytics I’d focus on for a PE owned company and all this crap.

Behind him over his shoulder was a huge (like Costco sized) box of Triscuits and a bundle of bananas.

I’m thinking how or why in the fuck does this dude need all in the office?

But I put it out of my head and got the job so stay focused dude!
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Biggs has an article in the Trib this morning stacking up the seven coaching jobs according to:
The Tribune polled 19 league executives, coaches and veteran agents with knowledge of rosters and how teams operate, asking them to rank the seven openings, which assumes the Raiders job opens.
In order:
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  • Denver
  • Vikings
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Interestingly, ownership and I guess management were not viewed as a negative. Probably because they are so slow to make changes.
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Now I’m being serious.

Even though I think the McCaskeys are an inbred group of taint tinklers, there’s no way in hell the Jags, Denver, Minnesota and Miami are ahead of us in terms of appeal.

Forget ownership. It’s a huge ass market with a rabid fan base and the probable expansion to Arlington Heights if the HC does a good job and is around for it.

Similar to the Cubs and Hawks Anybody associated with a winning Bears team would be crowned and have a statue of them up around the new stadium and eat for free the rest of his life.
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Holy Shit - We got Justin Fields!

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The Marshall Plan wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:37 am Now I’m being serious.

Even though I think the McCaskeys are an inbred group of taint tinklers, there’s no way in hell the Jags, Denver, Minnesota and Miami are ahead of us in terms of appeal.

Forget ownership. It’s a huge ass market with a rabid fan base and the probable expansion to Arlington Heights if the HC does a good job and is around for it.

Similar to the Cubs and Hawks Anybody associated with a winning Bears team would be crowned and have a statue of them up around the new stadium and eat for free the rest of his life.
It probably comes down to the current state of the team, as the quote in dave99's post alludes to. The Broncos in particular have an excellent roster and are 'just' missing a QB. If they land one this offseason then they should immediately become a contender despite playing in a very tough division.

Whilst there are obviously some massive holes in the Bears' roster, notably WR and DB, I still think it is more talented especially on offense than it's given credit for due to Nagy's complete ineptitude. With the right GM and HC this team should be back in the playoff hunt in 2023.
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