The Chicago have completed phase one of their offseason rebuild, hiring Ryan Pace as the franchise's new General Manager.
First piece of the jigsaw
Pace arrives at Soldier Field via the New Orleans Saints where he has spent the previous 14 seasons, the final two as the team's director of pro personnel.
The 37-year-old will be hoping to last longer in the role than his predecessor Phil Emery who spend just three years as Chicago's GM before being fired on December 29 after the team's 5-11 2014 season.
This will be Pace's first GM position but, having been in charge of the Saints' entire scouting and evaluation process in recent years, he arrives with a glowing reference from his former employers.
New Orleans' own GM Mickey Loomis only last week backed him to excel in a General Manager position.
"He's a talented guy we have a lot of confidence in," Loomin explained on Jan. 6. "We'd hate to lose him, and yet he's ready for a general manager's job."
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While the Saints, much like the Bears, struggled in 2014 the team posted a 115-93 record while he was involved at the franchise. With the promotion and the change of location however the former Eastern Illinois defensive end is being thrown into the deep end.
First up for Pace will be to join the rest of the Chicago Bears front office in completing their search for a new head coach.
With Marc Trestman having been fired alongside Emery there are a number of candidates in the running, the likes of Seattle DC Dan Quinn and Broncos OC Adam Gase having already been interviewed.
The other major concern for both Pace and Bears fans is the future of much-maligned quarterback Jay Cutler.
With the QB on a huge contract there are unlikely to be many takers but if Pace arrives and feels the team are better off without him under center there could yet be some twists and turns to come this offseason.
What do you think Chicago fans? Are you happy with the hire, or would you prefer someone with more experience in the position? Let us know in the comments section below...
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