Would you be happy with this new Chicago Bears hierarchy?
Would you be happy with Dwayne Joseph as General Manager?
I know what you are thinking. Who? Well, for starters, Dwayne Joseph spent a very short time in the NFL and the Chicago Bears were the only team that ever put him on their active roster. He was an undrafted free agent in 1994, cracked the 53-man roster in 1995 and was back off in 1996.
Apparently, he and Trace Armstrong have a connection despite only playing together for one season (1994) before Armstrong left Chicago for the Miami Dolphins. Joseph is not someone that many people know outside of those who follow the NFL closely and maybe his own mother. We could not confirm that though as we have yet to get in touch with his mom. That said, he has some history for us to follow.
Joseph was the Director of Pro Scouting for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2015 through 2018. Yes, he was on the staff when the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017. While with the Eagles, the team saw a combined 36-28 record. This includes a 4-1 record in the playoffs. Joseph was then brought over to the Oakland Raiders in 2019 as he took on the role of Director of Pro Personnel. The team finished with a 7-9 record.
It should be noted that Dwayne Joseph also spent three years with the Chicago Bears prior to his time with the eagles. Here, he worked his way up from assistant director of pro scouting. Honestly, I don’t know much else about Joseph, but we can look at how moves panned out while in his roles with the Eagles and Raiders.
With the Eagles, he was around for the Michael Bennett trade that received the defensive end along with a seventh-round pick from Seattle for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver, Marcus Johnson. The trade worked out well enough as the Eagles made the playoffs in 2018 and Bennett came away with nine sacks. That said, he only lasted one season, because, in the 2019 offseason, the Eagles traded Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick.
Other notable acquisitions while Joseph was helping as a director include signing former Packers TE, Richard Rodgers, Mike Wallace (WR), Nigel Bradham (LB), Haloti Ngata (DT), Nick Foles (QB), Alshon Jeffery (WR), Chance Warmack (OG), Leodis McKelvin (CB), and Rodney McLeod (S). While with the Raiders, the team signed Tyrell Williams (WR), Trent Brown (OT), Vontaze Burfict (LB).
Joseph may or may not have been involved with the Antonio Brown trade the year after moving on from Amari Cooper. The Raiders sent a 2019 third-round and fifth-round pick for the All-Pro receiver who never seemed to stick anywhere long enough and has now even burnt bridges with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what types of players Dwayne Joseph targets if he were brought in to be the Chicago Bears’ next general manager. Who would coach the team though?