Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace is still better than this former General Manager

The Chicago Bears general manager was accused of being worse the Jerry Angelo.

The Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace deserves criticism, but lately, he has been getting a lot more than he should. A known writer in the Chicago Bears industry recently wrote, “Remember Jerry Angelo? Yeah, he’s looking better than Ryan Pace.”

That is just asinine. I am not knocking Angelo as a general manager. However, arguing that Angelo is better because he took more swings on quarterbacks is silly. Taking a chance on the most crucial position in football is important, but you also need to hit the ball in play to have it be successful.

Jerry Angelo drafted Rex Grossman, Craig Krenzel, and Kyle Orton, according to that article. The Chicago Bears made the Superbowl with Grossman at the helm. They also failed to mention Dan LeFevour, who didn’t even make the roster and Nathan Enderle who was… well yes.

In 11 years with the Chicago Bears, Jerry Angelo started hot then went ice cold right away with his record. Four seasons in which the Chicago Bears won double-digit games. Although, I need to admit, appearing in a Super Bowl after an 11 win season is pretty damn awesome.

Ryan Pace has had some struggling draft selections in the first round. Maybe it was good that he took a break from that to secure a real first-round talent in Khalil Mack. Some of Jerry Angelo’s first-round selections were: Chris Williams, Greg Olsen, Cedric Benson, Tommie Harris, Rex Grossman, Michael Haynes, Marc Colombo, and Gabe Carimi.

Read those names again and ask yourself as a Chicago Bear, how were they? I know a lot of you will say Greg Olsen was a good draft pick. And yes, he was. But why wasn’t he kept by that same general manager that drafted him early? Who else besides Tommy Harris did some consistent good for the Chicago Bears? I will wait. Let us look at day two draft selections:

  • Chris Conte (PUKE)
  • Stephen Paea
  • Major Wright
  • Juaquin Iglesias
  • Jaron Gilbert
  • Marcus Harrison
  • Earl Bennet (Yay)
  • Matt Forte (Love)
  • Michael Okwo
  • Garrett Wolfe (Packers AJ Dillion reach)
  • Dan Bazuin
  • Devin Hester (best pick)
  • Dusty, Dvoracek
  • Danieal Manning (dig it)
  • Mark Bradley
  • Bernard Berrian (nope)
  • Tank Johnson (Goldman hehe)
  • Lance Briggs (yes)
  • Charles Tillman (my favorite pick)
  • Terrence Metcalf (not D.K.)
  • Roosevelt Wiliams.

Sorry, that list was long. I think you get my point. That of what I referenced is just the day two draft selections Jerry Angelo made. Sure for every Adam Shaheen pick Pace has made, he seems to come away with two substantial contributors down the road.

Maybe I will be wrong, and Jaylon Johnson and Cole Kmet won’t pan out. And Maybe Miller won’t ever be healthy, and James Daniels will only be a solid left guard. Ryan Pace has already done more with less in a shorter amount of time with his day two selections of Cody Whitehair and Eddie Goldman.

Ryan Pace’s round three picks have been flakey with Hroniss Grasu, Jonathan Bullard, and David Montgomery. However, if he continues to find day three gems like Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, and Nick Kwiatkoski Pace will be well on his way to being one of the better general managers the Chicago Bears have had if he could just find that quarterback tho. Or has he? Hmm.