The Bears added a layer of technological know-how to their football staff, hiring Mitchell Tanney as the team’s director of analytics.
Tanney, who has been the manager of football products for STATS LLC in recent years, will work with the front office and coaches on “player evaluation concepts and game situation principles,” according to a release sent out by the team.
Tanney, a former college quarterback at Monmouth, played in a variety of minor, indoor and international leagues.
The Bears are one of the league’s most traditional franchises, but have shown an ability to look at different perspectives. Adding a computerized data/scouting eye is another.
While General Manager Phil Emery had the obligatory old school scout background, head coach Marc Trestman was anything but a conventional hire. Adding someone to use numbers to add to the analysis brings a different perspective to the decision-making process, which can only help.