Chicago is hiring human resources executive Ryan Poles as its next general manager, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Pole joins the Bears after spending the last 13 seasons in Kansas City, where he began as an HR assistant in 2009 before becoming assistant director of HR in 2018 and eventually rising to his current position. positions in 2021. It only took him one year in this role to get an even better promotion elsewhere. A former forward at Boston College, Pouls began his career off the field as soon as his collegiate career was over, joining the British Columbia staff as a recruiting assistant in 2008. Now he’ll be looking to recruit talent for a Chicago team in need of quality additions to wide opener Justin Fields.
The work of the Poles begins with the selection of the head coach. Chicago is already in the process of narrowing down the head coach nominations, working to schedule a second interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for the opening, according to Rapoport. Quinn is one of three notable finalists, with Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberfluss and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell rounding out the trio, Rapoport said.
After that, the Poles will need to improve the Bears’ offensive line, which allowed three quarterbacks (Fields, Andy Dalton and Nick Falls) to be fired 58 times. From there, the Bears will need to sort out their situation at the recipient. Chicago needs to first determine if it wants to keep seasoned wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is currently moving to free agency in March. If the Bears walk away from Robinson, they will need to add a legitimate second option against up-and-coming youngster Darnell Mooney to help Fields succeed.
Chicago’s head coach selection will play a big role in how the offense, which finished 24th in total yards per game, will play a big role. The Bears still have vacancies to fill and many more questions to answer, but they have at least resolved one of their top executives. Work continues in the Windy City.