3 under the radar candidates to replace Ryan Pace for Bears

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The Chicago Bears made some big changes on Monday. The big news is that both Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace have been fired. It was a crazy tenure for each of them but not much success came of it. They couldn’t make the playoffs together more than twice and didn’t win a single postseason game.

A lot of blame should fall on the shoulder of Matt Nagy. He didn’t do anything that he was brought into town to do. He was supposed to be an offensive guru but they were actually awful. The strength of the team during his entire tenure was defense. The offense ranked as the 22nd best or worse in every year of Nagy’s tenure except one.

In addition to Nagy, Pace deserves a lot of blame as well. Part of the reason that this team with this coach was only good defensively was because of the roster that was given to him. Pace had a couple of hits in his drafting and trading but there were even more misses.

The biggest miss of his career (and Bears history) came in 2017. The Chicago Bears traded up one pick to select Mitchell Trubisky as a second overall pick. Patrick Mahomes fell all the way down to the Kansas City Chiefs and is well on his way to legendary status. Meanwhile, Trubisky is Josh Allen’s backup in Buffalo.

There are some good options to be Ryan Pace’s replacement as the GM.

The key for the Bears now is to find a GM that is a significant upgrade over Pace. They need to find someone who will be the best option to develop Justin Fields. Surrounding that kid needs to be the main priority. There are plenty of GMs out there that could do that. These are three strong “under the radar” candidates to consider: