After 40 years with the Chicago Bears and 23 as the President and CEO, Ted Phillips has retired. He spent a lot of time with the Chicago Bears but most of it was spent as a losing franchise so the decision for him to retire will almost certainly help the Bears as an organization.
Now, the Bears have their replacement for him. For the fifth time in its 103-year history, they are going to have a new president. This is also the first time that they are hiring a person that wasn’t previously in the organization which is a really good thing.
Kevin Warren is the guy who has now been named to be the President and CEO of the Chicago Bears. He is 59 years old with 21 years of time spent in the NFL. He was with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings as an executive over those 21 years.
For the last handful of seasons, however, Warren was the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. That is a pretty big responsibility as the commissioner of a power five NCAA conference.
The Chicago Bears have hired Kevin Warren to be the new President and CEO.
Following all of that NFL experience ahead of that time with the Big Ten, he has learned the leadership trade well. Getting a job like this with the Chicago Bears is amazing and he should be incredibly proud. He should also be excited as it is a new time for this franchise.
Now, the Bears have a new president in addition to a second-year General Manager, a second-year head coach, and a young developing quarterback that they believe in. This team is doing things a little bit differently which is probably a good idea.
What they were doing hadn’t worked very well since 1985 and they even found a way to mess that amazing team up in the years that followed. Now, with a new president in place to run the show, things might actually start to change.
We have a long way to go before we start fully believing in everyone but this is a really nice first step toward building that trust. With one of the biggest off-seasons in franchise history ahead here, it is time to build something great. Hopefully, Warren and his staff executes.