Chicago Bears’ owner and chairman George McCaskey appeared on 670 The Score this afternoon for a follow-up interview after yesterday’s end-of-season press conference. During the interview, there was a specific question and answer sequence that seemed a bit peculiar. Here’s how it played out:
Danny Parkins: “How satisfied are you with Ryan Pace’s due diligence on Deshaun Watson prior to the 2017 NFL draft?”
George McCaskey: “He kept me informed on his decision-making and up to date on information.”
The complete lack of a response to a valid question gives us more than we expected. The fact that McCaskey entirely dodged the question and responded with a generality gives off the vibe that he is indeed unhappy that Pace ignored the Clemson quarterback. If he was truly pleased with Pace’s execution prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, then he would have answered the inquiry in a more specific and decisive fashion.
Anyone who follows collegiate football, professional football, and the transition of players from college to the NFL watched Deshaun Watson lead the Clemson Tigers in a comeback win over Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. There was absolutely no doubting who Watson was as a player. Looking back on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears held the third overall pick and traded up to attain the second overall pick. That should have been a move to draft Deshaun Watson as the Bears’ franchise quarterback.
Ryan Pace failed there, obviously, and George McCaskey knows it. McCaskey can deflect the hard questions as often as he speaks, but the truth lies in the ineptitude of Ryan Pace as he didn’t even meet with Watson, which proves that Pace has no business being in the Bears’ front office. After almost four years since that colossal mistake, Pace remains at the helm of the sinking ship that is the Chicago Bears.