Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles emerging as best executive in Chicago Sports

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Don't look now, but Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles may be able to claim the title of best executive in Chicago sports.

For much of the past decade, that honor was bestowed upon the minds at the top of the Chicago Cubs' front office. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have dominated the power rankings of Chicago Sports' executives but it seems that is more a praise of Epstein than it is Hoyer. With Epstein no longer a part of the Cubs' front office, the criticism of Hoyer has only grown louder.

Chicago Blackhawks' general manager Kyle Davidson appears to have the team on the right track, but this upcoming NHL offseason, he will be tasked with shifting the team from a rebuilding team to competing for a playoff spot.

Chicago White Sox general manager Chris Getz is at the early stages of a rebuild that could be lengthy based on the lack of talent at the top of the White Sox farm system.

The Chicago Bulls have been stuck in mediocrity for much of the past decade and the current regime of Artūras Karnišovas and Marc Eversley haven't made an in-season trade since 2021.

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles is the best sports executive in the city.

Given the state of Chicago sports, Poles has undoubtedly had the best plan of any executive in the city. When Poles took over as general manager of the Bears three years ago, his goal was to tear the team down and rebuild it with the mindset of consistent success at the top of the NFC North division.

Poles has orchestrated a successful rebuild of the Bears, to the point that many circle the team as a darkhorse candidate to reach the playoffs in 2024. Forget taking the NFC North; Poles and the Bears have taken the Chicago Sports landscape and have no plan on giving it back.