The driver – George McCaskey – was sent to ‘Canandaigua’ O’Hare. A day later, the search for a Chicago Bears GM ended with the hiring of Ryan Poles.

The video surfaced a little before 11 pm on Monday night. Undercover, of course. and shared on social media by Eric Bohn, whose Twitter bio identifies him as “your trusted resource for Chicago’s Northside and North Shore residential real estate market.”

In this case, he was moonlighting as an immediate PI – his cellphone was ready.

After all, that’s what we do in 2022. View, share, then open the forum for feedback.

Bon’s Secret Video Documentation It is shown that of course Chicago Bears president George McCaskey wandering through O’Hare International Airport with a man who appeared to be decidedly Kansas City chief executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. who are finalists for the job of Bears General Manager.

Finally! In the third week of the Bears’ hunt for a new GM and head coach, we tracked the process, with McCaskey’s boots on the ground, meeting the Poles at the airport and leading this all-important search team into a new for. – Person stage.

From there, it turns out, everything proceeded rapidly. After the Poles’ second interview with the team on Tuesday — this time at Lake Forest’s Halas Hall — hey Bear agreed to become general manager, A league source confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the Poles are finalizing a deal.

At 36 years old, he will jump into a front-office position, which, under the bear structure, provides great latitude and freedom to complete his vision. He will be responsible for jump-starting a franchise that has not won a playoff game since the 2010 season and Finished 6-11 in 2021,

The first order of business for Poles is to hire a coach. He will do so, presumably, with a focus on how the new leader can implement a plan to take quarterback Justin Fields to new heights.

Many around the league see the Bears’ turnaround efforts as a heavy lift. But at the Poles, they are united with a leader who understands the climb and has seen what high-level NFL success looks like.

The Chiefs have gone to the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons. This Sunday, they will play in the AFC Championship Game on January 4th in a row and are favored to reach the Super Bowl for the third season in a row.


Go back to that airport encounter for a moment. As of Tuesday morning, Bohan’s video of Poles and McCaskey exiting O’Hare has garnered more than 700 likes and nearly 300 retweets. Many of the answers went as you expected.

There was predictable sarcasm. From @puttinonfoil: “Wow. George is now driving an Uber.”

There were jump-to-conclusion reactions. From @Eric11Lackey: “Personally, I love it. Ryan Poles is our next GM as long as he accepts. George is adding that extra personal touch, he’s picking it up saying ‘you’re my man. Yes, when you are my boy, you are family.’ It is a great gesture of respect for the candidate.”

And then, naturally, there were the next-level social media detectives who froze the video, zoomed in, and asked for clues to figure something out. about any.

Wait… Was that, on McCaskey’s right hand, a driver’s sign that read “Canandaigua”? Wasn’t the Poles once a football star at the Canadigua Academy in New York City of his birth? What a clever and secret way to welcome future renters to Chicago! (Except McCaskey, also wearing a Bears mask and a Bears jacket, in a pair of jeans and gym shoes. So much for a stealth operation.)

Still, McCaskey and Byers did what they needed to do. After a long round of virtual interviews with at least 14 other GM prospects, they noticed a candidate they felt strongly about. And with the Minnesota Vikings also vying for the poles, the Bears left nothing to chance.

Fifteen days after Ryan Pace was removed from the GM role, he tabbed Ryan Poles to take over.

A year earlier, the Poles were in the running for the same position with the Carolina Panthers. That process excited him, helping him articulate his vision and clear principles for how championship football teams should be built. During an interview last winter with an ABC affiliate in Rochester, NY, Poles expressed his admiration for that experience.

“That whole process could be one of the biggest events of my life,” They said, “And especially as a personnel person. Once you have finally laid out your vision of how you want to run your front office, how you want to build a team, what kind of coaching you like, what kind of players you look for, then you Put it on paper. And you spend weeks and weeks and weeks doing this.

“And when you own it (the team) and present it in a good way to another head coach, you gain confidence in yourself about how you want to do things. But you also get a different perspective on your team and how you want to progress in your career.”

manufacturing process

When Tuesday morning began, it looked like the bears were taking the next step in a long search.

Moving beyond the virtual stage of the interview process, the Poles became the first known candidates for any open jobs they met with the team at their headquarters in Lake Forest. According to league sources and several national reports, Bears were also working on completing other interviews. with GM candidates eliot wolf And monty osenfort When trying to schedule personal meetings with potential coaches Dan Quinn, Matt Eberfluss And Jim Caldwell,

Tuesday’s interview of Poles, however, ended with contract talks.

The Poles were due to meet with the Vikings for the second time this week. That was what McCaskey and the search committee knew. Meanwhile, the quest to coach the Giants in New York has intensified as they appointed Joe Schoen as their new GM on Friday. (Sean spoke with the Bears about their GM inauguration Jan. 16.)

Schönen has a close relationship with a head coaching candidate many Bears fans are drawn to most: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Dabolowhich is emerging as a top target for the Giants.

It’s entirely possible that Dabol will follow Shawn to the Giants. And while that would hardly register as a knockout punch for the Bears, a section of the Dabol fan base landing a new gig somewhere outside of Chicago will feel swooned.

At the same time

All of this is only part of the deal, as searches evolve and change frequently. And on Tuesday, the Bears made good on one of McCaskey’s biggest vows ever. As He insisted on January 10: “We like to hire the GM first.”

That strategy always made sense. Yet for more than two weeks, the Bears pushed through the first phase of virtual interviews for both jobs simultaneously, meeting with at least 10 coaching candidates and at least 13 GM prospects.

Bill Polian, who is assisting with the searches, probably came up with a master plan for how to help the bear handle the two prey more easily.

“With Bill’s guidance,” McCaskey said, “we’re going to be able to find a GM and coach partnership that will work.”

Still, some people around the league have insisted that if the Bears were promising that their next GM would oversee football operations completely, it now meant the Poles had to go through their own ways with candidates. You are allowed to search your coaching with your own list of .

That’s where the GM’s push to schedule second interviews with coaching candidates before hiring has caused a bit of head-scratching. At the very least, this is something that McCaskey and Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips will have to explain.

And while Poles will have the opportunity to publicly express their vision and offer an update on the next steps in the coaching search, more light will be shed on the direction the Bears will take to their next GM-coach union.

‘down the road’

For the past 13 years, the Poles have climbed through the Chiefs organization, starting as a player personnel assistant and working through a series of college scouting roles on their way to executive director of player personnel. The Poles have served under three general managers: Scott Pioli, John Dorsey and Brett Veitch. In each stage, he has recorded experiences that can help him in his quest to build a championship competitive team with the Bears.

As Poles became more established in the front office in Kansas City, they leaned on the valuable advice they were given to think about every major decision the Chiefs faced as if it were their own. , what they would have done, whether it matched the tasks of the team or not.

“(That way) you’re getting repetition as a key person in the front office,” Poles told WHAM-13 in New York last year. “That experience has been great. It’s given me a ton of confidence.”

Poles noted that Veitch also taught him a lot about staying aggressive and understanding the value of anticipation.

“It’s looking down the road and talking about things that could happen,” he said. “What is our plan A, B, C and D and we are proceeding accordingly. It is just forward thinking and anticipating the steps ahead. …and being aggressive in the front office has advantages and disadvantages. But it’s all about timing and where your roster is and what you’re going to do.”

For the Bears, Tuesday seemed the right time to hand over bigger responsibilities to the Poles. It is now the duty of the new GM to roll over from here.

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