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Why Morocco Brown Is Obvious Choice To Be Bears’ Next GM

  • Bryan Perez
  • January 11, 2022
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It’s an exciting time to be a Chicago Bears fan. There’s a sense of cautious optimism as the team begins its search for a new general manager and head coach. It’s a blend of excitement and anxiety that’s the byproduct of hoping chairman George McCaskey simply doesn’t mess it all up. One way McCaskey can ensure the Bears are headed in the right direction is by hiring Indianapolis Colts director of college scouting, Morocco Brown, to be the team’s next GM. Brown, who served as Chicago’s assistant director of pro personnel from 2001-2007, has the resume and personality to be a big hit in the Windy City. Check out this 60 seconds of scout-speak from Brown that, if you’re an NFL Draft fan, has to make you swoon: But Brown isn’t just a guy who talks in cliches and industry jargon. His approach to talent evaluation is an old-school method that, in his words, prioritizes smart, fast, and physical players.  "We always like to say we like players that are smart, fast, and physical,” Brown said during an interview at the 2020 Senior Bowl. “So I think that's a good baseline to start. And you want fast guys, because they shrink the field and give you that explosive advantage. Smart guys — well, I'll say dumb guys get you beat. So you want the guy that can do what you're asking him to do. And then being physical, that's what the game is. It's a tough, hard-nosed game, and you have to impose your will on another man, and move guys out the way, and take another man's job." Brown has been instrumental in several successful draft classes for the Colts. His scouting department has landed talents like Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman, Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, Ryan Kelly, and Braden Smith, to name a few. “Morocco is as talented an evaluator as I have been around in the NFL,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said. It’s a ringing endorsement for a candidate who’s already been identified by the Bears as one of their first choices. “Morocco knew players, and that’s not an easy task,” former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who worked with Morocco in Chicago, said last year. “It’s like instinct. There are people who work their tails off and they write what they see. But they can only write what they see. Because our business is a projection business, you have to project what (players) are going to be for you. And that takes instincts. “That’s a gift,” Angelo said. “Morocco had that gift.” Former GM Ryan Pace was a good guy. No one would dispute that. But he was, in a word, boring. He didn’t bring any excitement to the city and when combined with some unforgivable misses in the NFL draft and free agency, he had very little loyalty from the fans. Brown would bring a completely different style to the gig, and it’d be a refreshing and welcome change to a Bears team that needs a new identity. “Now, I can really get loose and you can see that in the meetings,” Brown said prior to the 2021 NFL draft. “All the work you’ve put in over the years, you become like an X-factor. You become like a weapon for the team … There is a thrill that comes from putting in all that research and time on a player and then being able to present that to everybody in the room and understanding that this is helping us and (the information) is being used. “And it makes you just go even harder.” Hiring Brown would be the first step in the right direction for the Bears. He isn’t the only candidate Chicago is considering in its general manager search, and the process to reach a final decision is one that will take some time. But if McCaskey wants to someday get an important football decision right, he’ll make Brown the team’s next general manager before another club benefits from his talents.

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