The Chicago Bears have contacted at least 12 general managers and nine coaching candidates for interviews. As they move through the process, we review each of the leads.
Champ Kelly was interviewed for the role of general manager on Thursday, the team announced.
Title: Deputy Director of Player Personnel
Having spent the past seven seasons with the Bears organization, Kelly certainly has a lot of institutional knowledge with a solid understanding of how the machine works. He was hired by then GM Ryan Pace in 2015 to become the team’s director of professional recruiting and was promoted to his current role two years later. Prior to coming to Chicago, Kelly was with the Denver Broncos for eight seasons, starting as a scout and rising through the ranks to become assistant director of professional personnel for his last five seasons.
You should know
In Kelly’s last four seasons in Denver and under the supervision of John Elway, the Broncos have won four consecutive AFC West championships and qualified for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013. In 2014, the Broncos became the second team in league history to sign four free agents who made the Pro Bowl in their first year with the team – wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, cornerback Aqib Talib, safety TJ Ward and the defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Front office continuity might not be a plus for the Bears at this point and would certainly be a tough sell to an increasingly choppy fan base. In Kelly’s seven seasons with the Bears, with Pace at the helm of the front office, the Bears failed to register a playoff win, had a .425 winning percentage, and lost 38 of 51 games. ‘they played against playoff teams.
What was said
“This business is all about relationships. Champ has a real empathy for people and especially for gamers. Countless times, with a discipline trick or whatever (whatever), he’s given you a different perspective in your assessment of what you should be doing. He has always been a very calming force in this regard. –Former Bears and Broncos coach John Fox, who worked with Kelly in Chicago and Denver (at The Athletic in 2020)
Sport News | The Chicago Bears interviewed Champ Kelly for their GM role. Here’s what you need to know about the Assistant Director of Team Player Personnel.