Tim Ruskell is a Bad Idea for Bears

In the worst kept secret in sports since Mark McGuire’s steroid use, the Bears brought in Jerry Angelo’s buddy Tim Ruskell as their new Director of Player Personnel.  But why was he available?  Because he couldn’t meet Seahawks ownership’s “exacting standards.”  Check out what Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke had to say about their decision on Ruskell:

“This is a tough business,” Leiweke said. “Ownership has exacting standards, not just for Tim but everybody else in this organization. Clearly injuries were a significant factor in our 4-12 season, but at the end of the day we were 4-12. There were then increased pressures and expectations put on this season and to this point, we haven’t met those expectations. Period.”

So continues a strange offseason in Chicago. First you fire the Pro Personnel Director just before Free Agency opens, then you fire the college scouting director right after the draft.  If you didn’t trust Greg Gabriel or didn’t like the job he was doing, why exactly did you let him run your draft?

Here’s what bothers me about the Ruskell hire – it further homogenizes the Bears front office.  What I mean by that (in case there are any Packer fans reading this and need help with the big words) is that there are no differing opinions; there is no dissenting voice.  It’s all Jerry and Lovie’s boys from the good ol’ days in Tampa.

Ruskell spins his relationship with Angelo by saying:

Asked whether his familiarity with Angelo and the Bears coaches would be a plus, Ruskell said, “I believe it does because communication is such a big thing in this business, any business. … I think I know just about every one of the scouts, got to get to know the pro guys a little bit better, but having that relationship already established and having worked with some of those guys, I just think it tears down a lot of the barriers you have to fight through and get right to the matters at hand.”

You know what makes organizations strong?  Voices.  Different voices.  People who are willing to question the status quo.  People who will do more than nod and smile and collect a paycheck.   Tim Ruskell is not that person and not that voice.

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  • LOL

    Maybe Ruskell can run the Bears into the ground just like he did with the Seahawks. LOL

  • City

    I couldn’t agree with you more Boomer! Doesn’t it feel like the “new ideas” that Lovie and Jerry first came in with have moved past the point of passe? Seems to me like the game has evolved away from the Cover-2 and the Pro-Set.

    And don’t get me started about moving a shotgun QB (Cutler) and making him almost exclusively a drop-back passer.

  • West Coast Bear

    As oddly as both coordinators positions were handled, hiring this position AFTER both free agency and the draft is tough. The Bear management painted itself into a corner until only Martz was left and fell back to Marinelli, now this. We never addressed the offensive line and are hoping TIce can work magic with the same props Turner failed with… kinda sounds like the story we were told last year about Marinelli.

    And allowing Alex Brown and Ogunleye to leave negates the addition of Peppers. Someone has to man the opposite side and Christian has shown next to nothing. Izzy is a player, but once again the braintrust is moving him around, a stab in the dark.

    Time to clean house.

    • Boomer

      I am with you West Coast! What makes this worse is that Ruskell got a 3-year deal!

      • West Coast Bear

        Hey Boomer…

        Read the first poll question to the right….

        “and a strong draft have me thinking Super Bowl”

        What draft are they referring to? ’83?

        Scared management surrounds itself with yes men and there wasn’t much of a draft to screw up this year.