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Ryan Pace: If you want to be great, you can’t sit on your hands

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In a pre-draft season that saw few things go unnoticed, the Bears’ interest in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slipped through the cracks.

Trubisky seemed to indicate the same after the pick, but General Manager Ryan Pace admitted to having a private workout with Trubisky that the team was able to keep under wraps. That visit, conversations with Trubisky and scouting his play at North Carolina were enough to leave Pace and the team convinced that he was the right man for them.

During a press conference after the trade and pick, Pace was asked if he felt the 49ers may have been bluffing about other teams coming up to get Trubisky. Pace said he knew other teams were making calls about a trade and “maybe you call the bluff and you miss out on the player.”

“If we want to be great, you just can’t sit on your hands,” Pace said, via the Chicago Tribune. “There are times when you’ve got to be aggressive, and when you have conviction on a guy, you can’t sit on your hands. I just don’t want to be average around here; I want to be great. And these are the moves you have to make.”

Pace said Mike Glennon is the starter and that there’s no timeline for Trubisky to change that, although moving up to take a quarterback with the second overall pick starts an unofficial one because Pace set a course for the future of the franchise and his future with the franchise on Thursday night.

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48 Responses to “Ryan Pace: If you want to be great, you can’t sit on your hands”
  1. mrbiggstuff says: Apr 28, 2017 7:03 AM

    Admit you got played and move on.

    San Fran played this one perfectly. Took the money and ran!

  2. Indybear says: Apr 28, 2017 7:03 AM

    If you want to be great, you don’t do something stupid like give away picks for an unproven QB that would have been there at #3 anyway. We haven’t had a starting caliber safety in a decade. My Bears look lost.

  3. dabears62 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:31 AM

    Ryan Pace, your realtor is on line one.

  4. dabears62 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:34 AM

    Another Bears GM who thinks he is the smartest man in the room. Like the guy who chose Trestman over Bruce Arians.

  5. stipez says: Apr 28, 2017 7:42 AM

    Shenanigans! Is what he should have said.

  6. larryboodry says: Apr 28, 2017 7:45 AM

    He should have called the bluff, and if SF did take Trubisky, or trade the pick to someone else who took him instead, the Bears could have then taken Mahomes at #3 and saved the draft picks.

  7. hscorpio says: Apr 28, 2017 7:57 AM

    If you want to be stupid, you can’t avoid giving up extra picks to move one spot for a guy that was not going to be picked ahead of you anyways.

  8. mbara33 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:58 AM

    Yeah, you can’t sit on your hands. You can’t shoot yourself in the foot either

  9. iowahbr says: Apr 28, 2017 7:59 AM

    Pace didn’t sit on his hands with this draft , he sat on his brains. All those draft choices and Glannon makes little or no sense. 5-11 Goodbye and welcome to 3-13.

  10. pftpoettwo says: Apr 28, 2017 8:13 AM

    This is why they will remain mediocre; giving up way too much to move up to take a highly overrated player who would have been there anyways. All that, and failing to improve the already suspect depth of talent currently on the team.
    Yeah, they didn’t just “sit on their hands” – they used one to cut off the fingers of the other.

  11. bzingha says: Apr 28, 2017 8:17 AM

    And if you are an NFL GM and want to get fired you make dumb trades.

  12. dezno24 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:20 AM

    We gave up way to much to move up one spot for a player who was going to be there anyway.

  13. carpalboss says: Apr 28, 2017 8:20 AM

    Ummm…..If you want to be Great…you don’t give away your draft picks.

  14. bringin1234 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:23 AM

    if you want to be great???? You dont reach for a QB and trade a bunch to move one pick to do it.

    This just made me lose all faith in Ryan Pace…. Jay Cutler 2.0 everybody

  15. fugginswheat says: Apr 28, 2017 8:30 AM

    I’m not going to freak out, like many other Bears fans. We need a franchise QB, and now we have one. I don’t like the picks given up to get him because we have so many other holes, but if he turns out to be a top 10 QB in the coming years, no price is too high. You know in sports there are just names that fit players….what better name for QB of Da Bears than Trubisky?! It’s gotta work out, right???

  16. ariani1985 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:43 AM

    Packer fans like frankie booth are going to snap with the news!

  17. BraceForImpact says: Apr 28, 2017 8:58 AM

    … and other thing’s he’ll be explaining in his next job interview.

  18. kabasaman says: Apr 28, 2017 9:01 AM

    Ryan Pace got played big time: He could have sat and not given away the store to get the player they got. Pace was duped by a Rookie GM. Stupid, Stupid, The Bears will not win 4 games next year with their schedule. Ryan Pace will be forever linked to this Stupid Move……. And I thought Angello and Emery were dumb?

  19. intrafinesse says: Apr 28, 2017 9:08 AM

    Ryan Pace is the next Ryan Grigson

  20. winningisabrees says: Apr 28, 2017 9:17 AM

    B R U H

  21. whatjusthapped says: Apr 28, 2017 9:19 AM

    Dumbest trade since the Jets gave away the farm to move up to take Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez.

    This trade makes no sense when you give away assets to take a player that would have been there anyway. If the Bears were smart, they fire Pace now and let whoever else is left in the room to make the rest of the picks.

  22. hamlet423 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:23 AM

    It was a really aggressive move by Pace

    If Trubisky works out, it will be great

    if not…he and fox are probably gonna get fired

    if Glennon starts and plays all year, and the bears are lousy….pace and fox could be fired before trubisky ever plays…which will be pretty sad that if trubisky is a good or great qb, the next regime in chicago will reap the benefit.

  23. docsweeney says: Apr 28, 2017 9:26 AM

    Likely, you won’t know if this was stupidity or genius for three years. If in November of 2019, the Bears are competitive for a division title and trip to playoffs and Trubinsky is one of the major reasons why, then the picks he gave up were meaningless. If in November 2019, they are 3-11 and Trubinsky is a) a turnover machine, b) constantly hurt and/or c) a bottom five QB in the league, then Pace deserves to be tossed out.

  24. stallan54 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:34 AM

    Bears will trade back from #3 pick tonight and pick up a 3rd. There is still deep elite talent left and with the amount of glaring holes, they could trade back and pick up Buddha Baker for someone that wants to trade up with the Bears to take Cam Robinson, a first round talent.

  25. rvz22 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:42 AM

    “Bears will trade back from #3 pick tonight and pick up a 3rd”

    Even if that ends up being true, they should have NEVER given up what they gave to get Trubinsky. They need players. They could have still ended up with Trubinsky anyway. Pace only proves he’s over his head.

  26. wyboemail says: Apr 28, 2017 9:44 AM

    The Chicago Bears became the new Cleveland Browns last night.

  27. howiehandles says: Apr 28, 2017 9:44 AM

    They gave up two thirds and an extra fourth. Maybe they got played, maybe they didn’t. Personally, I would have preferred a trade back, but might not have been there.

    All these guys are unproven. There’s always hits and misses. In three years let’s see where these can’t miss and mistakes wind up.

  28. iikanji says: Apr 28, 2017 10:01 AM

    It just sounds he’s trying really hard to say something smart about a boneheaded move

  29. ninjapleazee says: Apr 28, 2017 10:05 AM

    The Bears knew they were going to draft a QB. With the Browns, Texans and Chiefs all sniffing at QB and SF made it known they were open to trades, Bears didn’t want to risk not getting someone they wanted. They signed Glennon to basically a one year deal and if he does good then he can stick around, if he doesn’t the Bears have Trubisky and can trade Glennon. Overall at least they didn’t give up a first rounder.

  30. mandings36 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:25 AM

    Chicago bears = your new Cleveland Browns

  31. jchemengr says: Apr 28, 2017 10:25 AM

    Never over reach, which is exactly what this was.

  32. camjstewart says: Apr 28, 2017 10:26 AM

    I love this trade because it’s exposing just how clueless most fans are. Coming from a 49ers fan, this was a good trade both ways.

    People act like Pace sold the future on Trubisky. A) it’s called a bidding war, and B) just look at St. Louis and Philly last year for the price of trading into the top 2 picks. Could have been much more expensive.

  33. cowboylover says: Apr 28, 2017 10:37 AM

    So in other words Pace played his immunity idol when there were no votes for him.

  34. peopletrains says: Apr 28, 2017 10:40 AM

    So, they essentially signed a $64-million-dollar smokescreen.

  35. Norseman says: Apr 28, 2017 10:52 AM

    Being great doesn’t include way overpaying for an unproven QB with only 13 starts, in a bad QB draft class, and taking him #2 when there is so much more talent available for a team that desperately needs it. Giving away picks makes it even harder to address the talent deficit.

    The Bears now have a QB that won’t start for at least a year (unless of course Glennon is so bad they throw him into the fire this year), with no good mentor on the roster, and no good QB coach to develop him.

    The Bears are going to suck again this year, and Fox and Pace could very well be gone… leaving Trubisky twisting in the Windy City as a reminder of their stupid gambit that set the Bears back another year at least in their rebuilding effort.

  36. Rolo Tomassi says: Apr 28, 2017 11:08 AM

    Love all the comments from the haters keep them come and go Bears

  37. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 28, 2017 11:14 AM

    For those keeping score… when “the Jets gave away the farm to move up to take Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez….”

    “Farm” = an extra mid second rounder ( who became WR Massaquoi) and this collection of scrubs:

    defensive end Kenyon Coleman,
    safety Abram Elam
    and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

    yup…it totally set the Jets back when they lost this “farm” of players.

  38. gimmeabruschi says: Apr 28, 2017 11:29 AM

    Every year a team picks first in the draft because they didn’t sit on their hands the year prior.

  39. vicnocal says: Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    LOL look at all these armchair GMs who can’t handle a grocery list now all of a sudden being experts on how to run an NFL team. Ah, the beauty of internet comments.
    The Bears gave up a 3rd, a 4th, and next year’s 3rd to get the QB they think is the answer for the next decade. You really think anyone is gonna care about some 3rd and 4th rd picks if this works out?
    I saw.some genius above point out that if Trubisky went at 2 the Bears could just get Mahomes at 3. LOLOLOL laughable

  40. ajc7nfl says: Apr 28, 2017 11:48 AM

    I like what the Bears did. It is very hard to win in the NFL without a franchise quarterback. Hopefully, the Bears now have one. We’ll know in a few years, but nobody knows now. You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get a franchise quarterback. Last year, Trubisky completed 68% of his passes, threw 30 touchdown passes and 6 interceptions in a solid conference. The only knock on him from scouts that I can find is his limited experience in college. Let’s wait and see what happens. In his first two drafts, Pace has picked some pretty good players. Maybe he’s right on this one.

  41. philtration says: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 PM

    fugginswheat says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:30 AM
    I’m not going to freak out, like many other Bears fans. We need a franchise QB, and now we have one. I don’t like the picks given up to get him because we have so many other holes, but if he turns out to be a top 10 QB in the coming years, no price is too high. You know in sports there are just names that fit players….what better name for QB of Da Bears than Trubisky?! It’s gotta work out, right???
    ======================================

    Having been born and raised here in Chicago and a life long Bears fan…… guys like you embarrass me.

  42. smurftacular says: Apr 28, 2017 12:46 PM

    “You get yourself into trouble if you’re not sticking with our philosophy of best player available,” Pace said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “When you start trying to manufacture things or create things, that’s when teams get into dangerous water. I think, if we just stay with the guys we have a consensus on and best player available, we’ll be in good shape.”

    Way to take your own advice Pace, start packing your bags along with Fox, your clock is now ticking towards termination and I am all for it!

  43. smurftacular says: Apr 28, 2017 12:53 PM

    hamlet423 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:23 AM
    It was a really aggressive move by Pace

    If Trubisky works out, it will be great

    if not…he and fox are probably gonna get fired

    if Glennon starts and plays all year, and the bears are lousy….pace and fox could be fired before trubisky ever plays…which will be pretty sad that if trubisky is a good or great qb, the next regime in chicago will reap the benefit.

    ——————————————————————
    That’s a whole lot of IF’s
    IF my Aunt had nuts, she’d be my uncle

  44. granadafan says: Apr 28, 2017 1:02 PM

    49ers fan here. I’m not going to bash any GM for picks because we DON’T know how players will turn out. We don’t know if Mitch will be a franchise QB or a backup on another team or playing minor league baseball. We don’t know how many other teams were calling about the #2 pick. It’s all a poker game on draft day.

    Wait a few years before bashing or praising a GM for moves.

  45. purpleguy says: Apr 28, 2017 2:00 PM

    It’s amazing the buck fever that GMs encounter when it comes to drafting NFL QBs. Saw it 3 times last night, and as a Viking fan I saw it when my team drafted Christian Ponder a couple years back. The success/return rate on first round NFL QBs seems to run at about 20%.

  46. iowahbr says: Apr 28, 2017 3:03 PM

    Pace trying to lock-up the No. 1 draft spot in 2018. It might work

  47. stratus5ss says: Apr 29, 2017 1:54 AM

    If you want to be great you can’t sit on your hands.

  48. firejerry says: Apr 30, 2017 2:07 PM

    I am 68 and in good health and I have seen one Super Bowl win. I do not expect to see another.

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