Chicago Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace recently joined the PFT PM Podcast to discuss the previous season and give some clarity to the team’s direction going into 2020. Pace has kept relatively quiet dating back to last season when Chicago finished with an underwhelming 8-8 record. Pace elaborated on this, giving some insight into the current vibe in the locker room.
Many expected the Bears to compete deep into the postseason with the team bringing back a majority of their starters from 2018, but that proved not to be the case. With key starters like Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, and Kyle Long missing significant amounts of time due to injury, the team seemed to take a step back in 2019. Pair that with losing starters like Adrian Amos and Jordan Howard, Ryan Pace has received quite a bit of backlash for not being more aggressive in the offseason. Head coach Matt Nagy has also been a target of blame for not playing starters in the 2019 preseason, which Pace also addressed in the podcast.
To his credit, Ryan Pace has been significantly more aggressive this offseason, moving on from starters Leonard Floyd, Trey Burton, and Prince Amukamara. Pace then kicked off free agency with the signings of pass rusher Robert Quinn, tight end Jimmy Graham, and former CFL cornerback Tre Roberson, all of whom are expected to compete for starting positions. The Bears’ GM was also active in the trade market, trading for former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who is also expected to compete for a starting job. Regardless of the results of the upcoming season, expect to see plenty of new faces on the field in 2020.