The Chicago Bears demonstrate the depths of their incompetence once again.
The ownership fo the Chicago Bears have once again demonstrated they are woefully incapable of running an NFL franchise. Their incompetence was on display once again on Tuesday evening as word started to leak out that George McCaskey will bring head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace back for the 2021 season.
Apparently an 8-8 season in which the team lost 8 of their last 11, and only defeated one team that made the playoffs convince the McCaskeys it was worth getting the band back together. Or maybe it wasn’t just this season that sold George on the idea.
Perhaps it was Pace’s failure to win a playoff game in six years as a general manager, or his overall losing record, or missing on three quarterbacks and two head coaches, and failing to draft any quarterback outside of Mitch Trubisky? Could it have been the trade up for a quarterback incapable of reading an entire field bypassing two future hall of fame quarterbacks?
Could it have been Nagy’s failure to hold his players accountable for on the field actions or for popping off on social media? Maybe it was his inability to identify more talented offensive linemen on his practice squad than in his starting lineup? Is it possible George laid in his bed dreaming of the offensive guru who has overseen a unit that has ranked in the bottom third of the league since his arrival?
Tough to say which particular brand of mediocrity convinced the owner of a once proud franchise that the decision to let these two decision makers continue to put their fingerprints on this team’s future was a good idea.
And now McCaskey has put not just next season, but the foreseeable future in jeopardy. With Pace in the last year of his contract, he will certainly be in self-preservation mode. The only question is just how aggressive will he be to ensure that his contract is extended at the end of the year? For the answer, we can look to his past bag of tricks, which has included trading away precious draft capital for the wrong quarterback, restructuring contracts to postpone salary cap hell, or aggressively overpaying for aging veterans to try to “win now.”
Pace likely knows that making a big move for a quarterback probably buys him a few more years, as the team will likely not want to let a general manager choose a “franchise quarterback” only to fire him the following year and saddle an incoming general manager with a quarterback they didn’t draft.
On just about every level it was an inexplicable decision that could have crippling impacts on this franchise for years to come. But the most disappointing aspect of the move was just how unsurprising it was. It was just the latest in a long list of examples of why this team’s ownership is incompetent and incapable of running a franchise.