Who is Chicago Bears GM candidate Morocco Brown?

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The Chicago Bears have interviewed, or at the least have requested to interview Indianapolis Colts director of college scouting Moroccos Brown. What has him in such high regard with the Bears?

Morocco Brown was a North Carolina State football player. Coming out of college he was hired as a scouting intern for the Indianapolis Colts in the year 2000. That, of course, would be his connection to Bill Polian.

Brown spent the summer with the Colts, then spent some time with Washington before getting a legitimate job as the Chicago Bears assistant director of pro personnel from 2001-07. Of course, during that time the Chicago Bears had their best teams of the past two decades. That also gives us his connection to George McCaskey.

Brown worked for Dick Jauron and Lovie Smith during his time in Chicago then was hired by Washington back in 2008. He was the team’s director of pro personnel. Jim Zorn was the coach, but when Mike Shanahan was hired, he kept Brown on staff.

However, when things went bad for Robert Griffin and Shanahan went down in flames, the whole staff was cleaned out. So, Brown took a job with the Cleveland Browns as the vice president of player personnel.

It is worth noting that Mike Pettine, who was in Halas Hall this season was the head coach at that point. On top of that, Kyle Shanahan, who spent time in Washington with him also was in Cleveland during that period. At the least, this can connect Brown to the Shanahan tree, which is also the Sean McVay tree.

The Browns blew things up after Johnny Manziel struggled to adjust to the NFL. Then, Brown took a job with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016. Ryan Grigson was the GM, but when Chris Ballard came in for the 2017 season he kept Brown as the director of college scouting

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Brown also notably spent the past five seasons on the college side, after spending most of his career as a pro personnel person.

Brown has met and worked with plenty of people who have climbed the ladder, and he has experience in a few different front office roles. More than anything, his relationship with Bill Polian and George McCaskey is why he is being so adamantly considered as a GM candidate.