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Bears Insider Gives Welcome Update On Ryan Poles’ Job Security

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This season has been a disappointment for the Chicago Bears. It isn’t only that it will likely be another losing record. What stood out most about it was all the turmoil in the locker room, from two coaches being released for misconduct purposes to a quarterback calling out the staff for “overcoaching.” That doesn’t include some epic 4th quarter collapses for good measure. Even a rumor is circulating that some players have lost faith in head coach Matt Eberflus. It raises questions about the future of the current regime, from GM Ryan Poles down to Justin Fields.



Most agree that Eberflus is likely gone, barring a string of wins in the coming weeks. Fields is also on thin ice. While he’s been somewhat less erratic over the past two months, he still hasn’t taken big strides as a pocket passer. The biggest uncertainty lay with Poles. While the GM has his share of blunders, from drafting Velus Jones to trading for Chase Claypool, it’s fair to say he has done a solid job retooling the Bears’ roster. The offensive line is much improved. D.J. Moore and Montez Sweat are playing like stars. The defense is forcing turnovers. This team would have more than four wins if not for some questionable coaching.

Is that enough to preserve Poles’ job? ESPN’s Courtney Cronin revealed on Waddle & Silvy that the feeling she gets out of Halas Hall is the GM won’t be going anywhere.

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Ryan Poles has earned more time.

The evidence on the field speaks for itself. Chicago has a lot more talent on this team than they’ve had in recent years, especially up front. Better still, he has them set up beautifully for 2024 with two projected top-5 picks and over $80 million in salary cap space. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kevin Warren likes the work he’s done. The Bears president probably feels like the two can work well together in figuring out the situations at head coach and quarterback. Sometimes, young GMs make mistakes.

One thing about Ryan Poles is he’s smart and seems to learn from his mistakes. His acquisitions of Moore and Sweat via trade are perfect examples of this. After the Claypool incident, he put far greater emphasis on the character of the players he traded for. That philosophy bled into his work with free agency and the draft. Now, guys like T.J. Edwards, Darnell Wright, and Gervon Dexter are having an impact. Poles feels like he’s on the cusp of building something special. All he needs is time.

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nonobaddog
nonobaddog
Dec 1, 2023 2:52 pm

Truth is none of us know what the Bears are going to do after the season! So either watch the games or don’t, I’m sure they don’t care either way. What happens, happens we have absolutely no influence over it.

TGena
TGena
Dec 1, 2023 12:30 pm

Why can’t you guys be half as sensible as ?

I guess I didn’t realize that Ryan Poles “drafted” DJ Moore, Montez Sweat, Jack Sanborn, Tyson Bagent, etc.

I know he overpaid for: Tremaine Edmunds, Yannick Ngakoue.Lucas Patrick, Nate Davis, etc.

And, Ryan Poles let a bunch of good players walk. Trade them, if you want, Mr. Poles — but don’t just let them walk. That’s incompetence.

But, if you guys are really satisfied with “upside guys” maybe someone could get you Kevin White’s number.

Byron
Byron
Dec 1, 2023 12:26 pm

Well, I would have to think Warren would have to at least talk to the man that picked Poles up at the airport before he goes about firing him. I guess really the only thing bad about Poles is he needs someone else to handle the 2nd round decisions. Most of the other major trades and draft picks have worked out well.

ElwoodNotJake
ElwoodNotJake
Dec 1, 2023 12:13 pm

… we know who you are, Eberflusses best friend in the world! You’ll be long gone before Poles is let go.

bombadillo9
bombadillo9
Dec 1, 2023 12:07 pm

I would give Poles a C+. No need to rehash the glaring mistakes already mentioned. My problem is that w/ he & Ian Cunningham allegedly being OL geniuses, they and Elberflus made the decision to retain 2 IOLs (Patrick & Whitehair) who consistently got mauled in 2022. What made that even more inexcusable was Whitehair’s cap hit was $12.4M for 2023 and if he was cut > 6/1, the Bears would have saved $8M which could have been applied to a far better UFA OL. Patrick was a bad signing; that’s just a fact. Finally, 2 things: 1)When your OL… Read more »

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