Just weeks after the firing of GM Phil Emery and Head Coach Marc Trestman after a 5-11 season, the Chicago Bears have made contact with the New Orleans Saint’s Director of Player Personnel, Ryan Pace about the now vacant GM job in the Windy City. Pace brought high level recommendations with him.
“I’d hate to lose him and yet, he’s ready for a general manager’s job,” Saints GM Mickey Loomis said of Pace at an end-of-season press conference Tuesday. “He’s talented. I would expect to lose him at some point.”
Pace is one of a very crowded field vying for the job Chris Ballard (KC Chiefs Director of Player Personnel), Brian Gain (Texans Director of Player Personnel) and Lake Dawson, the Titans VP of Player Personnel.
After two seasons, most recently the completed 5-11, the Chicago Bears franchise has parted ways with Head Coach Mark Trestman and his boss, GM Phil Emery.
In a prepared statement, Trestman thanked the Bears organization.
“I also want to thank all the coaches and players who gave us everything we asked over the past two years,” he said in the statement. “I have tremendous respect for this organization. Chicago is a special city with great fans. I appreciate the warm support my family and I received.”
Phil Emery also thanked Bears fans and players.
“This job was the opportunity of a lifetime. My only regret is we didn’t win enough games for that opportunity to continue,” he said in part of his statement.
“Thank you to all the Bears fans that have reached out to me the last three years, who have stopped to say hello, have extended their hand in friendship and that I’ve had the opportunity to have a conversation with. Your kindness does a lot more for the soul than people can imagine. To borrow a lyric or a line from Carrie Newcomer: ‘We stand breathless on the clean edge of change.’ So it’s time to change and move forward. Go Bears. Thanks for your time.
It was 10-0 at halftime and the Chicago Bears, at home against the Buccaneers, were beginning to look lost and point fingers. Then the coaching staff called out the team during halftime.
“Basically at halftime coach was telling us that basically we just played the worst half of football and we’re only down 10 to nothing,” running back Matt Forte told ESPN.com. “Our defense definitely kept us in the game with that. We can’t come out and lay an egg in the first half and expect to come from behind all the time.
The Bears managed to get their defense on track, holding Tampa Bay to three second half points.
The Bears/Lions rivalry goes as far back as 1930 when the then Spartans beat the Bears 7-6 in Portsmith, Ohio. The Bears hold the edge in wins in this match up with an 83-62-5 record.
Be sure to get your tickets for this classic match up of NFL franchises.