Look I get it. The media that surrounds the Bears, likes general manager Ryan Pace. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, charming and all that, he was also given a contract extension for an additional 4 years, to match his newly hired head coach’s contract. Pace and coach Matt Nagy will be around through at least the 2021 season. They are being given a wide berth in which to steer the Bears ship, which is good for them, because this is a much bigger rebuild then they, ownership or the media, thinks it is.
David Kaplan, host of Sports Night Live, roundtable discussion show, on NBC Sports Channel, has been beating the drum loudly for the Bears to finish this upcoming season at 9-7. I am among the many people he has called too negative about the Bears, saying my tweets on this subject are “a bad take,” on the Bears current situation and recent coaching change. Never mind the fact that before last season, I optimistically thought the Bears would finish anywhere from 9-7 to 7-9, and at least sniff the playoffs.
As it turned out, the only odor to be sniffed from last season, was the slowly rotting corpse of John Fox’s coaching career. Done in by general manager Pace, a slew of injuries for the second season in a row, and a bloodthirsty media, Fox wrongly pulled the plug on Mike Glennon’s first starting gig at quarterback, 4 games in, and inserted the Mitchell Trubisky inexperience. Trubisky’s 12 game-long gig as starter was met with no more success than Glennon’s (I could argue less), but is expected to pay big dividends this season, in spite of having a new coach with even less experience than he.
The media has met almost every decision that Ryan Pace has made with optimism, while deriding almost every decision that Fox made last year, even though those players were acquired by Pace.
Just this past Friday, Bears beat writer Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times wrote of the Bears 2017 free-agent signings, ” Pace’s batting average can’t be much worse than last year: Of the five players he signed to multiyear free-agent deals — quarterback Mike Glennon cornerback Marcus Cooper, receiver Markus Wheaton, safety Quinton Demps and tight end Dion Sims–only Sims remains. Having written outs into their contracts, Pace was able to part with the other four after one season with little penalty.”
The Bears ended up paying $35 million in salary and guaranteed money to those 4 players by cutting them after one year. If $35 million for one year on 4 former backup players is little penalty, than what in the hell does Finley think is a big penalty? Before Pace gave Demps $5 million, the most he had made in any previous season, which were all one year contracts, was $1.5 million. Demps played 3 games, broke his arm and has now been cut, even though he was signed to a front loaded three year deal. Which means he would be cheaper this season and next. HE STILL HAS TO BE REPLACED!! Which is only going to cost more millions.
It’s like my father said about Pace, “how does he even have a job?” When I told him that Pace was given a contract extension, I thought the old man was going to have a stroke!