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Chicago Bears GM search ended a day later with Ryan Poles hiring – The Denver Post

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The video surfaced late Monday evening, shortly before 11 p.m. Undercover, of course. And shared on social media by Eric Bohn, whose Twitter bio identifies him as “your trusted resource for Chicago’s Northside and North Shore residential real estate market.”

In this case, he was working in the moonlight as an impromptu PI – with his cellphone ready.

That’s after all what we’re doing in 2022. See, share, then open the floor to reaction.

Bohn’s secret video documentation showed what certainly appeared to be Chicago Bears President George McCaskey walking through O’Hare Airport with a man who certainly appeared to be Kansas City Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles, a finalist for the general manager of the Bears.

Finally! In week three of the Bears’ hunt for a new general manager and head coach, we had our eyes on the process, evidence of McCaskey, with boots on the ground, meeting Poles at the airport and bringing this very large research team in a new stage in person.

Well, from there, it all accelerated pretty quickly. After the Poles’ second interview with the team on Tuesday, this time at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, he agreed to become the Bears’ new general manager, a move first reported by ESPN and the NFL Network.

As of Tuesday morning, the Bohn Airport video had over 700 likes and almost 300 retweets. Most responses went as planned.

There was predictable sarcasm. From @puttinonfoil: “Wow. George runs an Uber now.

There were quick responses to the findings. From @Eric11Lackey: “I personally love it. Ryan Poles is our next GM as long as he accepts. George adds that extra personal touch, he picks it up saying ‘you’re my guy, when you’re my guy, you’re family”. It’s a huge sign of respect for the candidate.

And then, naturally, there were next-level social media sleuths who froze the video, zoomed in, and looked for clues to figure something out. About everything.

Wait… Was that, in McCaskey’s right hand, a sign reading “Canandaigua”? Wasn’t Pole a football star at Canandaigua Academy in his hometown of New York? What a clever and clandestine way to welcome a future recruit to Chicago! (Except McCaskey, in a pair of jeans and sneakers, was also wearing a Bears mask and a Bears jacket.) So much for a stealth operation.

Still, McCaskey and the Bears did what they had to do. They zeroed in on a candidate close to their hearts after a long series of virtual interviews with at least 14 other GM prospects. And with the Minnesota Vikings also vying for the Poles, the Bears left no stone unturned.

Fifteen days after Ryan Pace was let go as general manager, Ryan Poles has been named to take over.

Make progress

When Tuesday morning started, it looked like the Bears were just taking the next step in what had been a long search.

Moving past the virtual phase of the interview process, Poles became the first known candidate for one of the Bears’ vacancies to meet with the team at their headquarters in Lake Forest. According to league sources and several national reports, the Bears were also working to set up second interviews with GM candidates Eliot Wolf and Monti Ossenfort while pushing to schedule in-person meetings with potential coaches Dan Quinn, Matt Eberflus and Jim Caldwell. also.

The Poles’ interview on Tuesday, however, reportedly ended in contract talks.

The Poles, for what it’s worth, were also scheduled to meet the Minnesota Vikings this week for the second time, runners-up for that organization’s general manager job as well. This is something that McCaskey and the search committee remained aware of. In New York, meanwhile, the search for Giants coaches quickly accelerated after it hired Joe Schoen as its new general manager on Friday. (Schoen spoke with the Bears about opening their GM on Jan. 16, but landed with the Giants.) He also has strong ties to a head coach candidate that many Bears fans seek most: the coordinator. Buffalo Bills offensive Brian Daboll, who now seems to be emerging as a prime target for the Giants.

It’s entirely possible that Daboll will follow Schoen to the Giants. And while it will hardly register as a knockout blow for the Bears, Daboll landing a new gig anywhere outside of Chicago will leave part of the fan base feeling abandoned.

The same time

It’s all just part of the deal, the way research evolves and often changes. And on Tuesday, the Bears granted one of McCaskey’s greatest wishes. As he pointed out on January 10, “We prefer to hire the general manager first.

This strategy has always made sense. The Bears, McCaskey indicated, would look to lock in a new general manager before moving on to a coach. Yet, for more than two weeks, the team conducted the first phase of virtual interviews for both positions simultaneously, meeting with at least 10 head coach candidates while simultaneously speaking with at least 15 GM prospects.

Bill Polian assisted in the research. And presumably, he came up with a master plan on how to help the bears smoothly handle the two respective hunts. “With Bill’s guidance,” McCaskey noted, “we’re going to be able to find a GM-coach partnership that will work.”

Still, some in the league have pointed out that while the Bears promised their next general manager would have full oversight of the football operation, that now also means allowing the Poles to conduct his own coaching search via his own methods with his own list of candidates.

This is where the team’s push to schedule second interviews with head coach candidates before hiring a general manager has caused a bit of a headache in the league’s pockets. At the very least, it’s something McCaskey and Phillips will have to explain.

And when the Poles have the opportunity to publicly express their vision and provide an update on the next steps in the coaching search, more light will be shed on the direction that will lead the Bears to their next GM-coach union.



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