Ryan Poles, a former Chiefs executive, has been hired as the next general manager of the Bears.
The Bears have a new general manager.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Chicago has hired Chiefs executive of player personnel Ryan Poles as its new general manager.
Poles, 36, joins the Bears after spending the last 13 seasons in Kansas City, where he started as a player personnel assistant in 2009, moved up to assistant director of player personnel in 2018, and then to his present role in 2021. He just needed a year in the position to receive a greater promotion elsewhere.
Poles, a former offensive lineman at Boston College, started his off-field career immediately after his NCAA career ended, joining the BC staff as a recruiting assistant in 2008. He’ll now try to scout prospects for a Chicago squad in desperate need of reinforcements to protect first-round quarterback Justin Fields.
The duty of the Poles starts with the appointment of a head coach. According to Rapoport, Chicago is already slimming down its list of head coaching candidates and is seeking to set up a second interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for the vacancy. According to Rapoport, Quinn is one of three contenders, with Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell rounding out the group.
After that, Poles will have to fix a Bears offensive line that has allowed 58 sacks to its three quarterbacks (Fields, Andy Dalton, and Nick Foles). The Bears will next have to address their receiving problems. Chicago must first evaluate whether veteran receiver Allen Robinson, who is set to become a free agent in March, is a fit for the team. To help Fields succeed, the Bears will need to acquire a true second option opposite talented rookie Darnell Mooney if they want to move on from Robinson.
The appointment of a head coach for Chicago will be crucial in turning around an offense that ranked 24th in total yards per game last season. The Bears still have a lot of jobs to fill and a lot of issues to address, but they’ve solved one problem at the top. In the Windy City, the job continues.