Chicago Bears: It’s time to fire everyone

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The Chicago Bears must clean house after the season.

The Chicago Bears are insane. Repeating the same behavior over and over again, hoping it will yield a different result, is the definition of insanity. Yet, that is what this organization has done since — well, for as long as most of us can remember. This is why it is time to burn it all to the ground, fire the whole lot of them, and begin the process of drawing this franchise out of the depths of irrelevancy.

Through it all, there have been a few constants. Of course, there has been the McCaskey family, led by Virginia, who has owned the team since she inherited it from her father, George Halas, in 1983. But they are obviously not firing themselves.

The other constant has been Ted Phillips, who has been just the fourth President in team history, and has been with the organization since 1984. While Phillips once had value to the organization — mainly running the financial side of the business — his increasing role in the football operations side of things has been as perplexing as it has been disastrous.

When you run an organization that has been a systemic failure for decades, as the McCaskeys have, you have to look in the mirror, admit your failures, and begin to do something about it. That process should start with identifying the common denominator in all of this — Ted Phillips — and kindly showing him the door.

Once they do that, the healing can begin, as can the process of hiring a head of football operations who has a fundamental understanding of — wait for it — FOOTBALL! What a concept!

Then, give that head of football operations the authority to take a flame thrower to the rest of the staff, starting with Ryan Pace, and ending with Matt Nagy.

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Then, and only then, can this organization begin the process of joining the modern NFL. It might seem drastic to completely clean house and rebuild from the ground up, but when every instinct you have as an organization is wrong, maybe it’s time to do the opposite and embrace it. If not, you’re just perpetuating the insanity.