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Chicago Bears coaching and GM searches have reached the in-person phase – and the outside intrigue is reaching a climax – 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 cell phone ready.

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

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

As of Tuesday morning, Bohn’s video had over 700 likes and nearly 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 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.

Yet what exactly did it all mean? And where do we go from here?

Make progress

For starters, the Bears moved forward with their search, moving past the virtual interview phase with the Poles becoming the first candidate to meet with the team at their headquarters in Lake Forest. His second interview with GM began on Tuesday.

According to league sources and several national reports, the Bears are also expected to conduct second interviews with GM candidates Eliot Wolf and Monti Ossenfort while working to schedule in-person meetings with potential coaches Dan Quinn, Matt Eberflus and Jim Caldwell as well. .

It’s unclear if any of these lists could expand and, if so, by how much. But it’s also worth noting how many moving parts still exist as the Bears, like seven other NFL teams, work to fill important positions in the realm of general manager or head coach. (The Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders are still working to fill both spots.)

Poles, for what it’s worth, are set to meet the Minnesota Vikings this week for the second time, a runner-up for that organization’s general manager job as well. This is something McCaskey and the search committee need to be aware of. In New York, meanwhile, the Giants’ coaching search is heating up quickly after it hired Joe Schoen as its new general manager on Friday. Schoen spoke with the Bears about opening their GM on Jan. 16. He also has a strong connection to the head coaching candidate that many Bears fans yearn for the most: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who now appears to be 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.

Likewise, some Bears fans think they feel some level of disappointment when they realize Rick Smith, the former Houston Texans general manager and executive vice president of football operations, was never interviewed here. Smith, according to a league source, privately expressed interest in learning more about the Bears’ future plans as early as December, before it was known exactly what the organization planned to do with the league’s general manager. era Ryan Pace or team president/CEO Ted Phillips.

A separate source with close ties to the Bears said during the first week of GM’s research that Smith was “definitely on the radar” as the franchise cast a particularly wide net. But for some reason, nothing came of it all.

The same time

It’s all just part of the deal, the way research evolves and often changes. And the Bears are now focused on their goal and trying to fulfill 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. And they remain positioned to do just that. 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 point out that while the Bears promise their next general manager will have full oversight of the football operation, it also means allowing him to conduct his own search for coaches through his own methods with his own list of coaches. 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.

Until a general manager is locked in and has his own opportunity to express a vision and offer an update on the search for coaches, much of what the Bears do and accomplish remains under the hood. radar.

Maybe as early as this week, Chicago will get its definitive answer on who the Bears’ next general manager will be. For now, with the intrigue mounting and speculation reaching fever pitch, much of the city has been left to play an advanced game of “Clue,” trying to piece together the mystery.

On Monday night, that meant an in-depth review of a 4-second brisk walk video at the airport.

Could this really mean what we think it could mean?

Chicago Bears coaching and GM searches have reached the in-person phase – and the outside intrigue is reaching a climax – The Denver Post

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