The Chicago Bears‘ chairman, George McCaskey, went ahead and fired head coach Matt Nagy and the general manager Ryan Pace. With the help of Hall of Fame team builder Bill Polian as a consultant, the Bears seem to be off to a great start because of the names being brought in.
When you hear names like Ed Dodds (Indianapolis Colts Assistant GM), Joe Schoen (Buffalo Bills Assistant GM), and Rick Smith (former Texans GM), just to name a few, it tells you that the Bears seem to be in decent shape during this process. Despite the very odd and bad presser, you must give George some credit for hiring Polian to assist him in the search.
For so many reasons, the Bears’ GM and HC jobs are the most sought-after jobs this offseason. They have young pieces on defense to build around while also having veterans to compete within year one of the regime change. The offensive side of the ball needs plenty of work but also has some promising, ascending young players.
However, one big reason the job is so attractive is because of quarterback Justin Fields. GMs should be eager to build around a young, talented QB with tons of potential. Head coaches will see Fields and want to be the person to unlock all his potential.
The Chicago Bears need to hire someone that is all in on Justin Fields as QB.
What people have not considered is what happens if one of these candidates (GM or HC) wants the job but is not a fan of Fields? I do not think it would be a smart move for a GM and/or HC to immediately dismiss Fields as the future of the Bears.
A new GM and HC having 3-4 years to evaluate a young QB who has the upside of being one of the best young signal-callers in this league is an asset. Add in the fact that they aren’t bound to him because they didn’t draft him and it’s a no-brainer.
If candidates come in automatically looking for an exit route from Fields, that is a bad sign. The new regime should be able to play both sides of the fence. If you were not sold on him coming out of the draft, at the very least you let him have a chance to prove that he can be the guy.
Finding a franchise QB is the toughest assignment for a GM; not giving young talent in Fields a chance because you sticking to your pre-draft evaluation just adds more pressure to your job. With the roster constructed as is, the Bears are in an interesting position.
You can look at the roster as more of a retooling than a rebuild. For years, the main problem for the Bears has been on the offensive side of the ball, specifically finding a franchise quarterback. It would be completely unnecessary for the new regime to not give Fields a fair look before making a decision if he is the right QB for the franchise moving forward.