Ryan Pace was hired away from the New Orleans Saints front office with the idea that he was an up and comer from a consistently winning organization. You know which two organizations have the fewest of their own draft picks on their roster? The Bears rank second to last. Who’s last? Pace’s former team, the Saints.
There are plenty of reasons to question the inexperienced Pace. He has sent many of the Bears most productive players away and hasn’t replenished the cupboard. He sent away Charles Tillman, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett, Matt Slauson and Robbie Gould. Who has he brought in to replace them?
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Pace’s top draft picks the last two seasons have failed to make an immediate impact. Kevin White missed his rookie season with a leg injury. That’s a bad break for White and Pace, but it’s still another lost season. This season, White has looked much slower than his 4.3 speed from the Combine.
So far, rookie Leonard Floyd has shown flashes, but the undersized pass rusher has been manhandled at times. Could he develop into a dominant pass rusher? Maybe. You can’t keep taking projects with your first round picks.
Pace hasn’t struck gold in free agency either. His top free agent from 2015, Pernell McPhee, was ineffective late last season when injuries slowed him down. This season, he’s started on the PUP list and the biggest headline he’s made has been his blowout with Jay Cutler on Monday night. Reviews for free agent Bobby Massie haven’t exactly been glowing so far either.
It just doesn’t seem like Ryan Pace has a cohesive plan. On the one hand, he’s shipping off aging veterans like Forte and Bennett which would seem to show signs of rebuilding but on the other hand, he hasn’t drafted a quarterback to develop to succeed Cutler. The Bears drafted three players in the fourth round before the Dallas Cowboys, whom the Bears play on Sunday, selected Dak Prescott. Prescott has shined so far with Tony Romo sidelined. If Cutler misses any serious time this season, it would be a lot more palatable watching a youngster develop rather than watching Brian Hoyer take snaps. What’s the plan Ryan?