Is this the Chicago Bears General Manager front runner?
When the Chicago Bears requested to interview Indianapolis Colts Assistant GM, it had a great reception from the fan base. Most in the NFL media view Dodds as one of the best candidates to be a great General Manager. What has the fan base so excited, and why is Dodds so highly coveted?
Should Chicago Bears hire Ed Dodds?
Ed Dods got his start back as a teenager working for his dad, who was the head coach of Texas A&M-Kingsville. After years on his father’s coaching staff, the 23-year old took a Pro Personnel Internship with the Oakland Raiders. This was back when Mike Lombardi was making big decisions in that front office.
Dodds worked as an intern from 2003 through the 2006 season and then was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks for a role as a Pro Personnel Scout. After one year on the pro side, the Seahawks moved him to a College Scout role in 2008.
He was a college scout from 2008 through 2013 and then became the head National Scout for the Seahawks in 2014. This is where his role is most notable because some of the best drafts in NFL history came from these years. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and more were all established in this draft.
From there, Dodds was once again promoted in Seattle to the Senior Personnel Executive. That is when the Indianapolis Colts and Chris Ballard hired him to their Vice President of Player Personnel in 2017. He has been with the team since then.
While he did win a championship in Indy, it is worth noting that the roster was falling apart when he took over, and they are perenially contenders even with quarterback issues, mainly because of the roster.
Dodds has been pumped up in the media for a few years now but has not taken a job. Reports have been that Doods is looking for the best fit, and will not just take any job. The thought that he is even interviewing for the Chicago Bears is looked at as a good sign for the franchise.
There are plenty of reasons to believe that he is one of the top candidates, and they’re still should be a question of whether Dodds walked away from the interview convinced to leave the Colts, and not the other way around.