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

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A few other names the Chicago Bears could consider replacing Ted Phillips

The four mentioned previously would be the top four I think the Chicago Bears would truly consider. However, there are plenty of quality names out there, and without direct access to those candidates means they might be overlooked. The interview process the Bears take for replacing Ted Phillips will be very important unless they just promote from within.

Here are a few names that could make sense.

Tony Pastoors, Los Angeles Rams – Vice President / Football & Business Administration

The NFL loves to replicate success. Who better to replicate than the reigning Super Bowl champions? Tony Pastoors is the Vice President of Football & Business Administration for the Los Angeles Rams. He has been helping the team find ways to bring in aging superstars while somehow remaining under the salary cap. Seems like a guy who deserves an interview to me.

Ed Lang, New Orleans Saints – Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

What about the Chicago Bears turning back to the New Orleans Saints organization and stealing Ed Lang? Lang has been the CFO and SVP of the Saints for 10 years now. He has been responsible for overseeing multiple expansions and renovations to multiple playing and practice facilities. Sounds like a person the Bears could use as they transition to Arlington Heights in a few years.

Peyton Manning – Hall of Fame Quarterback / Television Announcer & Personality

Right now, Peyton Manning’s only role with the NFL is as an announcer with his brother for multiple games throughout the season. It has been reported, however, that Manning would one day like to run an NFL team from a football operations standpoint. Could the Chicago Bears be his opportunity? Doubtful as he’d probably see that role come from Denver before anywhere else. Personally, I don’t like this match with Ryan Poles unless their visions truly align.

Aileen Dagrosa, Philadelphia Eagles – Senior Vice President / General Counsel

Could the Chicago Bears take Ian Cunningham’s input and look to steal Aileen Dagrosa from the Philadelphia Eagles? Dagrosa is currently the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Eagles. She has been in the role since 2013 and has played a big part in all legal aspects ranging from player transactions, sponsorships, media agreements, employment-related issues, and many other business and football operations. She’d make for another solid candidate.

Remember, these are just a few names to consider. I’d expect the team to take a similar approach to the general manager position by interviewing many candidates. I’d hope that Ryan Poles would be included in the interview process to some degree. I also hope that the Chicago Bears look to replace Ted Phillips with someone who has proven themselves within a successful organization. Let’s hope they don’t screw this one up Bears fans.