I Have a Bad Feeling about the Chicago Bears Coaching Search

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1. No restructuring at the Top

I was happy to see George McCaskey at the lectern on Monday afternoon.  I can’t say the same about seeing Ted Phillips.  I am sick and tired of an accountant running the Chicago Bears as team President and CEO.  It’s time to move sweaty Teddy back into an office and let him do what he does best – count beans.  Phillips’ background is as an accountant.  He was elevated to team President after he successfully negotiated the Soldier Field deal with the city of Chicago and Virginia sent some Michael McCaskey to his room without dessert.  You know what?  The Soldier Field deal is horrible!  The stadium is the second smallest int he league and it’s favorable to the city.

Yet there is Ted talking about interviewing coaching and GM candidates.  There he is talking about toughness and physical football.  Like many Bears fans, I was hoping the Bears would follow the Cubs model and move Phillips into a Business Operations role and bring in a football czar, a President of Football operations to oversee the entire process of the football team on a day to day basis.  Hiring former Giants GM as a consultant is not taking it far enough.

Phillips is no more a “football man” than I am.  Being around Halas Hall makes him no more qualified to make these decisions than equipment manager Tony Medlin.  Let’s not forget that besides bringing in Ernie Accorsi as a consultant, the 2014 head coaching and GM search is brought to you by the same guys who brought you the 2011 GM search and the 2012 head coaching search.

As for Accorsi’s involvement, he’s little more than a Google machine, brought in to make recommendations of candidates that any real football man would have on a Post-It note taped next to their computer.  If Accorsi isn’t actually making the hires, I am even more skeptical of the process.

What do you think?  Are you as worried as I am that the guys who brought you Jerry Angelo, Phil Emery and Marc Trestman can get it right this time?