Report: Bears bring in outside consultant to evaluate things

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The Bears haven’t gotten the typical second-year bounce from coach John Fox, and are now employing an extra set of eyes to evaluate the direction of the franchise.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bears have hired an outside consultant to begin a full evaluation of the football operation of the organization.

The Bears have slogged to a 1-6 start and dealt with numerous injuries along the way. But there are also questions beyond the temporal there, with a quarterback change seemingly inevitable the first of many issues to face.

The Bears used Ernie Accorsi as a consultant in 2014, when they hired Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace. And both those guys have plenty of contracts which they’d have to eat if they decided to change directions, as Fox has two years left on his deal and Pace three.

And according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, there was no indication either Fox or Pace knew about the consultant. The team did not comment on the report.

The Bears have failed to make the playoffs for five straight seasons, and this is probably going to be six without a miraculous turnaround. Fox has taken scuffling teams to the Super Bowl in both of his previous jobs (Carolina and Denver), making four- and five-win improvements in his second seasons there.

But after last year’s 6-10, that doesn’t seem to be coming in Chicago, and that’s causing the organization to wonder why.

38 responses to “Report: Bears bring in outside consultant to evaluate things

  1. Ryan Pace was part of that awesome Saints scouting department that results in awful drafts every year. so why anyone thinks the Bears would be any different is beyond me?

  2. “The Bears have failed to make the playoffs for five straight seasons”

    Painful for sure…..but imagine how it must feel to be a fan of teams like the Bills?

  3. I hate to say it, but it is time for the Halas era to end in Chicago. For some reason the family just cant get it done anymore. I think new ownership is the only thing that will get this once very proud franchise pointed in the winning direction. I would love to see the three headed executive monster from the Cubs put all their money together and purchase the team and turn it around like the Cubs have been turned around. I am a Sox fan but they have done a great job with the Cubs.

  4. Not good news for Pace and Fox. I fully expect change to come. Look out for former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist to be the leading candidate to take over for Pace. On the coaching front it very well could be Kyle Shanahan who has ties to Sundquist.

  5. The team is crap……..Kevin White was a wasted draft pick by Pace. Many of the draft picks that are starting would not start for a decent team, but they are the best the Bears have.

    On the injury front, the training staff and training procedures should be evaluated.

  6. “On the coaching front it very well could be Kyle Shanahan who has ties to Sundquist.”
    ___________

    Somebody will definitely make the mistake of hiring him to be their head coach. Because the guys who run NFL teams love names they’ve heard before and telling stories about how they worked with his dad back in the day.

  7. The problem with the Bears is not John Fox. It doesn’t take a professional consultant to see that.

  8. Torturing the English language:
    And both those guys have plenty of contracts which they’d have to eat if they decided to change directions, as Fox has two years left on his deal and Pace three.

  9. Here is my unpaid consultants report:

    Fire Foxy and Pace in the off-season.

    Get rid of Cutler in the off season.

    Is it really that hard? Da Bears are going exactly nowhere with those 3 in the building so why not start over ASAP.

  10. LMAO

    You could have hired me years ago and you’d have a Lombardi there by now.

    The McCaskeys have 2 problems:

    1. They’re dumb
    2. They’re cheap

  11. Let’s not forget that Fox had last year’s Bears team playing at a level that was greater than the sum of their parts. The defense in particular had very little talent and yet played tough almost every game.

    The rebuild of the roster started last year by casting away overpaid/underperforming players and personalities that weren’t going to fit with a competitive team. This year that process was interrupted by perhaps the worst run of injuries on any NFL team. The Bears have something like a dozen players on IR.

    Losing a brilliant offensive mind like Gase isn’t going to happen without consequence either.

    Fox has won pretty much wherever he has coached. Seems like an awfully big mistake to get rid of him in light of the roster he currently has.

  12. I’d say it’s time the brain trust takes a look in the mirror. Any organization that HAS too look outside for a recommendation shouldn’t be in the business. Your Team President is a BEAN COUNTER, and I don’t know that he’s even good at that.

    I have no idea if Pace/Fox have what it takes, but you can’t keep this cycle of change going if you ever want to win in the NFL.

    Good luck in your future endeavors.

  13. First things first. Cutler is awesome. Best QB for the Bears since Sid Luckman. If he had had that Mark Trestman offense minus all those Lovie Smith leftovers on defense he’d have been in the Super Bowl. The Bears problems during the Cutler years wasn’t on offense. Cutler is going to be gone next year I’d imagine, and he’s going to annoy naysayers for 5 more years when he goes to a better organization. Also, just because there’s a Smokin’ Jay meme doesn’t mean its accurate. Watch his radio/tv show. He’s personable, funny, and smart.

  14. We had the pleasure of sitting with this young man, and boy, that’s a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.

  15. Why does that headline bring up memories of the movie “The Natural”, with the bespectacled consultant who kept saying “Losing is a disease, as contagious as….”

  16. “Any organization that HAS too look outside for a recommendation shouldn’t be in the business. ”

    The absolute bottom line.

    The 85 Bears were built by the late Jim Finks – a Hall of Fame executive.

    So what do the Bears do, a few years from their 100 year anniversary? Bring in a young unproven guy and assume because some consultant said so, assumed they’d catch lightening a bottle.

    I have no problem with Fox in that he was only a caretaker – trying to bring some level of professionalism back after “kick on 2nd down” Trestman.

    He did that. But now it seems like the incredible rash of injuries though has essentially made him retire in place.

  17. Best choice: sell the team – Next best choice: send the whole front office over to observe the Blackhawks front office so they can see how a professional franchise is operated. The Blackhawks GET IT…the Bears DON’T!

  18. Bears should have never gone with Fox and Pace. I never agreed with the Fox decision especially seeing how he handled the Broncos. But there was a point last year when the team was playing above their talent level where I thought I might have been mistaken. Then there’s this year…. And for those who think Cutler is the real problem behind this team, well thanks for the laughs this Monday morning. Ownership is the real problem behind this franchise, a change there would be the best things for the Bears, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. The simple fact they have to keep hiring outside consultants to make decisions only prove they have no idea how to run this franchise.

  19. “Any organization that HAS too look outside for a recommendation shouldn’t be in the business.”

    Literally almost any large organization that you’d find in the Fortune 500 does exactly this. If you don’t think you can learn from how others do things, you won’t last long. Its the exact reason that consulting companies like Deloitte, Boston Consulting, Ernest and Young, KPMG, and PWC exist. Heck, IBM has shifted their entire business model to focus on this for a reason. Realizing that there’s a problem and looking for outside help isn’t a bad thing.

    Now, I don’t see how anyone who does look at the team can’t recognize that Fox and Pace should both be gone. The team has played terrible, Fox has made consistently bad decisions (Fox not challenging the QB sneak in the Texans game was ludicrous—only loss of 1 I’ve ever seen make a first down), and the team plays completely undisciplined on a consistent basis (blown coverages and a ridiculous number of flags). Fox is basically a eunuch when it comes to play calling as well, sending punt teams out there when down by two scores and 4 minutes left at midefield (he’s done that this year too).

    And Pace got rid of Marshall, Bennett, Forte, and Gould for basically nothing. None of those guys had a player behind them that was anywhere near their caliber, and they’re all still playing at a high level for other teams. The decisions were dumb at the time, and look even worse now. He also ignored the secondary when everything from last season pointed to it needing a lot of help. Instead, it’s been just as terrible as expected.

    I really, really hope both are gone this offseason. I have no faith that they won’t blow a top 3 pick if given the chance.

  20. 1) The McCaskey’s are clueless on how to run a 21st. Century sports organization. Needless to say they need to sell.

    2) In the interim, hire the “Ricketts Team” as consultants to lay the foundation for a true rebuilding plan.

    3) Fire Ted Phillips along with the entire front office at Halas Hall and replace them with people that have true NFL experience with a winning track record/resume.

    4) Make Jim Harbaugh an offer that he couldn’t refuse to leave Michigan and come in as Head Coach of the Bears.

    IMHO as a lifelong frustrated Bears Fan.

  21. wyboemail says:
    Oct 31, 2016 9:11 AM

    I would love to see the three headed executive monster from the Cubs put all their money together and purchase the team and turn it around like the Cubs have been turned around.

    tommytd says:
    Oct 31, 2016 11:08 AM

    send the whole front office over to observe the Blackhawks front office so they can see how a professional franchise is operated.
    ___________

    How bad must a football team be if its fans would prefer it to be run by baseball or hockey guys?

  22. CFos00….you’re right, but this is the NFL, and if you don’t know who the Executives and Coaches are who can take you past Point C then you shouldn’t be running the Team…but you get that.

  23. The outside consultant stated “I can’t fix this. I’m only a football monitor. I can tell you when you’re playing badly… You’re playing badly.”

  24. Doubt if the guys who hired the consultant would listen if he said they were the problem, but a fish rots from the head down. Losing franchises change GM’s, coaches and players and still fail to produce a consistent winner.

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