Ryan Pace has been on the job for just over 50 months. Here’s a look at the work he’s done to this point.
There is a lot that can happen in 50 months. That’s the amount of time that passes from election day through the President’s first term. A rabbit, theoretically, could have over 500 babies. A teenager goes from finishing eighth grade to starting college.
50 months is the amount of time Ryan Pace has had the job of Chicago Bears General Manager. At this point, technically it’s about 52 months, but 50 months sounds so much better, am I right?
Pace was brought in with a tall order, he took over arguably the most embarrassing team the Bears fielded in the history of their franchise.
Yes, the 2013 Chicago Bears went 5-11 which looks bad on paper but not humiliating, the John Fox Bears went 3-13 one season and of course the Bears back in 1969 went 1-13 with Dick Butkus on the roster!
But Trestman’s final year wasn’t about the record, it was about the performance on the field. The Bears were 3-3 before collapsing and finishing 2-8 the rest of the way. They lost back-to-back weeks to the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers by a score of 106-37. They lost five straight to finish the season and including a three game stretch where they averaged giving up five touchdowns a game.
Trestman became the first Bears coach to be fired with two years left on his contract. But no matter how much the Bears hate paying coaches and players that aren’t on their roster, there was no way to avoid trying to fix this mess.
The Bears brought in Ernie Accorsi, the former New York Giants general manager and someone who is well-respected around the league, to help with their general manager search and it came down to two names: Ryan Pace and Chris Ballard.
Ballard, has had tremendous success in his first year with the Indianapolis Colts as their GM proving even Accorsi’s runner-up would have been an excellent choice. But Accorsi and Bears ownership decided that Ryan Pace would be the man to fix the mess that the Bears’ football operations created. It wasn’t an easy task, but Pace was all in to try and reverse the course.