4 Options to replace Ted Phillips as the Chicago Bears President/CEO

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Could the Chicago Bears turn to former player Trace Armstrong?

This would almost be a swap from what the team currently has going on. Maybe with Ted Phillips stepping away, the Chicago Bears actually split their roles into two and create a Football Operations President. This could give them the ability to promote either Cliff Stein or Karen Murphy, two people who are more experienced on an accounting level than a football level while bringing in a football mind like Trace Armstrong.

There were already rumors of Armstrong being an option for a new role prior to the Ryan Poles hiring last year.

"I am hopeful the reason #ChicagoBears haven’t fired #Nagy & #RyanPace yet is because they are busy negotiating with Trace Armstrong to become Director of Football Operations & then HE CAN CLEAN HOUSE! Please Santa that’s all #Bears fans want for Christmas! #NFL"

— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) December 21, 2021

Peggy Kusinski was asked if this was just what she wanted or if she had a source on the matter. Her response was “both.”

Trace Armstrong is currently a coaches agent but played in the NFL as a defensive end for 15 years. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft. The question is, can Armstrong handle this type of role? He’s never done anything close to it before and I’m not sure the team can take on a risk of that magnitude right now.