DeCosta Turns Down Bears, Will Remain with Ravens

The GM pool is drying up and the news is not good news for the Bears.  Eric DeCosta, believed to be the Bears’ top candidate, has turned down their interview request and will remain in his current position with the Ravens.

The Chicago Tribune’s Dan Pompei reports that DeCosta got a nice raise to stay in Baltimore, presumably to eventually succeed Ozzie Newsome:

In the meantime, the Ravens enticed DeCosta to stay.

A source said DeCosta signed a long-term contract extension with a salary believed to be commensurate with what many general managers are earning. He also is believed to be set up to succeed Ozzie Newsome as the team’s general manager.

With DeCosta out of the picture, it makes out viable candidates out there that much more valuable.  The Packers’ Reggie McKenzie, another top candidate for the Bears, Colt and Rams already signed on with the Raiders.    Pompei also believes others under consideration will have their phones ringing:

So the Bears are back to the drawing board, continuing to research a large pool of candidates that is believed to include Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey, Eagles personnel director Ryan Grigson, Patriots pro personnel director Jason Licht, Giants college scouting director Marc Ross, Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead, Colts personnel director Tom Telesco, Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley and others.

Sean Jensen just tweeted that Saints College Director Rick Reiprish is on the Bears’ radar.   Based on his work in Jacksonville and New Orleans, his forte is drafting offensive linemen.  That sounds good.

Two other nuggets from the Pompei column worth noting.  For this first one, get a barf bag:

The search ultimately could lead them back to Bears personnel director Tim Ruskell, whose candidacy has not been dismissed.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The second, on DeCosta’s apprehension for coming to Chicago:

The source said DeCosta was interested in the Bears because of the team’s tradition and his love of Chicago. And he was not turned off by coach Lovie Smith already being in place.

There were some concerns about the structure of the organization, however, and the team’s budgetary reputation.

What structure of the organization?  Is it Phillips?  Is it the McCaskey’s?  It is Ruskell?  He already said it wasn’t Lovie.  I know that’s I’m the first one to call the Bears the “Misers of the Midway” but they’ve spent freely in Free Agency the last few years.  Was it about salary?  Resources?  These are the types of questions that Bears should be asking themselves.  This is the charter franchise of the NFL in the second largest NFL market.  This should a destination job.  It’s up to the new boss McCaskey to understand why it isn’t and start making changes.

BEAR DOWN!!!

 

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  • Mr.Pickles

    Why the he’ll would DeCosta be the top candidate? I understand his reputation but he’s turned down numerous GM offers in the past and dude has got it pretty good in Baltimore. Makes me think of this past offseason when the only free agent lineman they made a run at was Colon when every indication was that he was staying in Pittsburgh. Nice that the post Jerry era is off to a dramatically different start.

    My next thought is admittedly based on conjecture but here goes. In that Forbes article, that was posted on this very blog a while back, that pointed out how mismanaged the Bears are Ted Phillips (I think but I’m too lazy to fact check right now) emphasized that the Bears are the sole source of income for the McCaskey’s, unlike a lot of owners that made their money through other means and buy a football team for kicks and maybe some supplemental income. So they’ve got the money, sometimes they use it, but their motivation will never be to build a perennial contender, it will be to protect their profit margins. They’ll splurge on the occasional Peppers and overpay a blocking TE at the insistence of a lunatic offensive coordinator but by and large they want to build a team on the cheap. I think that’s why agents were grumbling last year about how difficult the Bears are to work with and that’s why DeCosta would be concerned with budgetary issues.

  • Mr.Pickles

    Why the he’ll would DeCosta be the top candidate? I understand his reputation but he’s turned down numerous GM offers in the past and dude has got it pretty good in Baltimore. Makes me think of this past offseason when the only free agent lineman they made a run at was Colon when every indication was that he was staying in Pittsburgh. Nice that the post Jerry era is off to a dramatically different start.

    My next thought is admittedly based on conjecture but here goes. In that Forbes article, that was posted on this very blog a while back, that pointed out how mismanaged the Bears are Ted Phillips (I think but I’m too lazy to fact check right now) emphasized that the Bears are the sole source of income for the McCaskey’s, unlike a lot of owners that made their money through other means and buy a football team for kicks and maybe some supplemental income. So they’ve got the money, sometimes they use it, but their motivation will never be to build a perennial contender, it will be to protect their profit margins. They’ll splurge on the occasional Peppers and overpay a blocking TE at the insistence of a lunatic offensive coordinator but by and large they want to build a team on the cheap. I think that’s why agents were grumbling last year about how difficult the Bears are to work with and that’s why DeCosta would be concerned with budgetary issues.

  • flowermike

    Pickles, it’s the same Bear story. They’ll conduct a few non urgent “interviews” and realize that Ruskell is perfect for the job once Lovie feels like the charade is complete.

    Remember, Lovie was the 16th rated defensive coordinator when we hired him, not some savant. Somehow, despite failing to develop players or make any gametime adjustments, he not only keeps his job, but hires his own boss. And who could that be…..?

    Ruskell is perfect. Came from a failing franchise (Martz, Marinelli) and will be subordinate to Lovie. Then Lovie can draft to his antiquated “scheme” and our development and most importantly, Jay Cutlers development will be squandered with cheap moves.

    DeCosta also comes from the Ravens and I’m not sure why Bear management would think he would have a positive view of the team after last years trade debacle at the draft. Amateur hour with purse strings like chastity belts and saddled with a dead coach.

    Like Martz and Marinelli ( and now TIce), Ruskell will be the only one who wants our job.

    Shame of shames.

    Stop patronizing this team Chicago. If Family Night wasn’t enough proof, this transition and hire serves only one purpose, to save the Mc Caskey’s money.

    Any other owner would have cleaned house.

    Pathetic. Can’t wait to see Lovie in the draft room….. not.

  • flowermike

    Pickles, it’s the same Bear story. They’ll conduct a few non urgent “interviews” and realize that Ruskell is perfect for the job once Lovie feels like the charade is complete.

    Remember, Lovie was the 16th rated defensive coordinator when we hired him, not some savant. Somehow, despite failing to develop players or make any gametime adjustments, he not only keeps his job, but hires his own boss. And who could that be…..?

    Ruskell is perfect. Came from a failing franchise (Martz, Marinelli) and will be subordinate to Lovie. Then Lovie can draft to his antiquated “scheme” and our development and most importantly, Jay Cutlers development will be squandered with cheap moves.

    DeCosta also comes from the Ravens and I’m not sure why Bear management would think he would have a positive view of the team after last years trade debacle at the draft. Amateur hour with purse strings like chastity belts and saddled with a dead coach.

    Like Martz and Marinelli ( and now TIce), Ruskell will be the only one who wants our job.

    Shame of shames.

    Stop patronizing this team Chicago. If Family Night wasn’t enough proof, this transition and hire serves only one purpose, to save the Mc Caskey’s money.

    Any other owner would have cleaned house.

    Pathetic. Can’t wait to see Lovie in the draft room….. not.

  • jrstaples1

    Mr. Pickles, you hit the nail on the head, and I’ve been shouting it for years. Angelo only lasted so long because he understood the McCaskeys’ monetary objectives and played the part. He saved them a ton of money by continually “building” the team with mediocre players and trading away high draft picks, and he got to keep his job despite sub-par team performance year after year. It was pretty obvious during the coaching search two years ago that coaches do not consider Chicago to be a desirable job, and DeCosta’s opinions seem to suggest the same for GMs. My conclusion…the Bears will continue to disappoint until Virginia dies. At that point, due to changes in NFL rules since the McCaskeys took ownership in the 80s, the team will be forced to find a majority owner. It is my sincere hope that the team will change ownership shortly after, and that the new owner will be motivated by super bowls and not finances.

  • jrstaples1

    Mr. Pickles, you hit the nail on the head, and I’ve been shouting it for years. Angelo only lasted so long because he understood the McCaskeys’ monetary objectives and played the part. He saved them a ton of money by continually “building” the team with mediocre players and trading away high draft picks, and he got to keep his job despite sub-par team performance year after year. It was pretty obvious during the coaching search two years ago that coaches do not consider Chicago to be a desirable job, and DeCosta’s opinions seem to suggest the same for GMs. My conclusion…the Bears will continue to disappoint until Virginia dies. At that point, due to changes in NFL rules since the McCaskeys took ownership in the 80s, the team will be forced to find a majority owner. It is my sincere hope that the team will change ownership shortly after, and that the new owner will be motivated by super bowls and not finances.