Chicago Bears: 3 ways Ryan Pace can win at the trade deadline

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If you missed it, I already talked about how Ryan Pace will lose at the NFL trade deadline by making one of three mistakes. Well, it is only fair to discuss how Pace can win at the NFL trade deadline. Don’t forget, many thought Ryan Pace won the 2021 NFL Draft, but that thought has quickly disappeared as the season has gone on. People are once again calling for his head — along with Matt Nagy’s head as well.

Many seem to believe that Ryan Pace is safe for 2022, despite there being no report of him receiving a contract extension. His contract was aligned with Matt Nagy’s once he was hired in 2018 and both should not be back without an extension this season/offseason. Nevertheless, is it possible that Pace will be able to save his job with a move or two at the trade deadline?

The Chicago Bears need a President of Football Operations

This is yet another example of why this team needs someone to run the football side of the organization. Ted Phillips and George McCaskey cannot be trusted to hold Ryan Pace accountable. If Pace is truly on the hot seat, then he’s not going to make moves that may jeopardize the 2021 season further.

However, if the team had a President of Football Operations, then that person could oversee the big picture. With a President of Football Operations in place, he or she could force Pace to sell off assets for the future, instead of talking about how the team is going to be aggressive in finding ways to improve the current roster. This person can keep Pace (and any other future general manager) in check.

Whether “winning” at the 2021 NFL trade deadline today (4:00 pm EST) will help Pace keep his job beyond 2021 or not, the team needs to think about the future of the organization and that is building around Justin Fields on offense and Roquan Smith and Jaylon Johnson on defense. Here are three ways Pace can win at the deadline today.