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Giants Hire New GM; What Are Bears Waiting For?

  • Bryan Perez
  • January 21, 2022
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The New York Giants have officially hired Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen to be their new GM in a move that only increases the frustration that’s bubbling over within the Chicago Bears fan base. The Bears, whose general manager search began roughly one day earlier than the Giants’, are still in the interviewing phase of their process and haven’t given any indication that a finalist has been identified. Schoen has already made his first statement as New York’s top personnel boss. “It’s an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants,” he said. “...Now the work begins. My immediate focus will be to hire a head coach, with who I will work in lockstep with to create a collaborative environment for our football operations.” Must be nice. It must be really nice to see an organization act swiftly; a targeted plan of attack. And, best of all, at the end of that deliberate and efficient process, hire a guy who by most accounts was at or near the top of every general manager candidates list. Meanwhile, the Bears are still conducting interviews. It’s hard to keep up with who they’ve met with and plan on meeting with. In fact, it’s becoming exhausting. While some will say Chicago is applying due diligence, the reality feels like something entirely different. It feels like this team has no idea what direction they want to take; there’s no vision or plan. Indianapolis Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds, another of the coveted GM candidates this offseason, already took his name out of consideration. Think about that: there are only 32 NFL general manager jobs in the world, and Dodds is as likely to get the Bears’ gig as anyone who’s interviewed so far. But, for some reason, he doesn’t want it. That’s gotta say something for what’s going on behind the scenes. The Giants have long been respected as a franchise with good ownership. A team that does things the right way despite a recent downturn on the field. They’ve had legendary general managers work their front office and Hall of Fame coaches roam their sidelines. The list of Hall of Fame players is a long one too. It should come as no surprise, then, that they’re the first team to hire a general manager. Of all the teams looking for one, it’s the Giants who tend to get things right. Not the Bears, though. Chicago has gone from one failed GM to another, from a misfit to a retread to an offensive-guru-turned-downright-offensive coach. They took Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and, even when they get the first-round quarterback right with 2021’s selection of Justin Fields, the Bears do what the Bears do best: they start Andy Dalton. Maybe Chicago has a general manager in mind. Maybe they’re keeping their finalist close to the vest. Maybe they’re making sure the leader of the GM interview derby can work with the head coach that the dreamless team of Bill Polian and George McCaskey have identified as their top choice. Whatever the reason, it’s time for the Bears to do the right thing: hire someone! This isn’t rocket science. It isn’t good business. It isn’t taking your time and getting it right. It’s just good old-fashioned indecisiveness that will have a negative trickle-down effect on the rest of the organization. The chant that often breaks out in the stands at Soldier Field on Sundays is, “Let’s Go Bears!” It’s beginning to apply now, too, as we close in on another day without a general manager in place in Chicago.

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