Bears Narrow List of GM Candidates to Replace Jerry Angelo

 

The Bears start the most important process in the organization in more than a decade – finding a new General Manager to re-build the guts of the team.  There are some nice parts on both sides of the ball, but there isn’t any depth behind the front line guys.  Dan Pompei does a nice job outlining the prospective candidates in the Chicago Tribune.  Let’s look at each and see if it makes sense after the jump:

Eric DeCosta, Personnel Director, Baltimore Ravens

Could the Bears’ botched draft night trade with the Baltimore Ravens cost them a chance to get this rising star?  There’s no shortage of bad blood between the two organizations after the Bears left the Ravens swinging in last April’s draft.

The Ravens have done a good job replenishing and reloading their defense around Ray Lewis.  It would be nice if the Bears could continue to add talent around their aging vets to create some continuity and legit depth chart:

Sources say the Bears have made inquiries about the Ravens personnel director, who has been the most sought-after GM candidate in the NFL for a few years.

The 40-year old is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the Ravens’ outstanding drafts, and also is known as a progressive thinker, solid administrator and people person.

The question for me is how much of this work is his and how much is Ozzie Newsome’s?

Reggie McKenzie, Director of Football Operations, Green Bay Packers

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  That motto makes a lot of sense for the Bears.  Not only do they improve their status, but they also weaken their biggest rival.    If you believe that the Bears are looking for a great talent evaluator, keep an eye on John Dorsey, the Packers’ Director of College Scouting.  He’s the guy who is making all the great draft picks and might be a slightly more under the radar candidate compared to the big name McKenzie.

Tim Ruskell, Director of Player Personnel, Chicago Bears

In my opinion, if the Bears do this, it would be the equivalent of the Three Bears Press Conference from a few years ago.  If they don’t trust Jerry Angelo any more, why trust the guy that Jerry hand picked to be his successor.  Call it guilt by association if you’d like, but I have it from trusted Seattle sources that Ruskell left that team in shambles and hasn’t worked too many miracles since coming here to Chicago.

Chris Polian (and father Bill Polian)

The recently fired Colts leadership are another big name out there.  They have ties to the McCaskeys, which scares the hell out of me.  This is another bad idea.  If you’d like to know what happens when a team loses their franchise quarterback, you don’t need to look much farther than down I-65.  Talk about a team that was ill-prepared for losing a key player, the Colts wrote the book on it.

Ted Sundquist

The former Broncos GM drafted Jay Cutler, so it would seem to make sense on the surface.  Can he mesh with Lovie Smith?  That’s a key to make this a good fit.  Sundquist is known to be a forward thinking ideas man.  That doesn’t fit the McCaskey mold either; the last the Bears want is any dissenting opinions.

Who do you like?  Are there any candidates that were missed?   Let’s see your suggestions in the Comments.

  • NaJorPro

    Here’s Polians record in Indy. In 14 years with the Colts, the team had winning records for 11 of those years, losing records in 3. Went to two Super Bowls, winning one. Prior to this season, the Colts had 9 straight years of 10 or more wins, an amazing run. Before Polian, Colts last 10 win season was in 1977 when they were back in Baltimore. How is this bad?

  • NaJorPro

    Here’s Polians record in Indy. In 14 years with the Colts, the team had winning records for 11 of those years, losing records in 3. Went to two Super Bowls, winning one. Prior to this season, the Colts had 9 straight years of 10 or more wins, an amazing run. Before Polian, Colts last 10 win season was in 1977 when they were back in Baltimore. How is this bad?

  • DeCon76

    @NaJorPro

    2 words…Peyton Manning! I would prefer McKenzie or Dorsey…McKenzie and Lovie are tight, so I suspect it will be him since the new GM has to inherit Lovie.

  • DeCon76

    @NaJorPro

    2 words…Peyton Manning! I would prefer McKenzie or Dorsey…McKenzie and Lovie are tight, so I suspect it will be him since the new GM has to inherit Lovie.

  • BearGogglesOn

    Everyone looks smarter when you have a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer at quarterback. He didn’t look so smart this season when Manning went down, did he. Much like the Bears, the Colts were not built on a firm foundation. I’m not convinced on Polian.

    I’d rather see someone who can re-build the Bears through the draft because the end is near for Urlacher, Briggs, et al. @NaJorPro

  • NaJorPro

    As for Polian, I think that his son is the one now who would be in charge and I think that’s a key reason he’s out of Indy. If that’s the case, Bears should pass. Colt wise, it wasn’t only Manning though this season. They had several key injuries on defense too, plus the O line is terrible. I think the Bears D has a couple of years left in them, but not many. Definitely would dump Roy “Hands of Stone” Williams and go after a decent receiver. Vincent Jackson is a free agent, he’d be worth a look for sure. O line needs help and the big issue, to me, is that the Bears offense was built around the Martz system, so the players they have now fit that system, hence the trade of Olsen. Whoever takes over has a lot to do for sure. It will be interesting.

  • BearGogglesOn

    Everyone looks smarter when you have a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer at quarterback. He didn’t look so smart this season when Manning went down, did he. Much like the Bears, the Colts were not built on a firm foundation. I’m not convinced on Polian.

    I’d rather see someone who can re-build the Bears through the draft because the end is near for Urlacher, Briggs, et al. @NaJorPro

  • NaJorPro

    As for Polian, I think that his son is the one now who would be in charge and I think that’s a key reason he’s out of Indy. If that’s the case, Bears should pass. Colt wise, it wasn’t only Manning though this season. They had several key injuries on defense too, plus the O line is terrible. I think the Bears D has a couple of years left in them, but not many. Definitely would dump Roy “Hands of Stone” Williams and go after a decent receiver. Vincent Jackson is a free agent, he’d be worth a look for sure. O line needs help and the big issue, to me, is that the Bears offense was built around the Martz system, so the players they have now fit that system, hence the trade of Olsen. Whoever takes over has a lot to do for sure. It will be interesting.

  • flowermike

    Boom is spot on, Polian is Manning. That’s his career.

    I’d like to see Jeff Fisher stand above Lovie and take over the coahing duties after the one year gift.

    So lame increasing Lovie’s power…

  • flowermike

    Boom is spot on, Polian is Manning. That’s his career.

    I’d like to see Jeff Fisher stand above Lovie and take over the coahing duties after the one year gift.

    So lame increasing Lovie’s power…