Ted Phillips: Bears have done everything besides find a QB and win enough

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The Bears committed to keep General Manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for 2021, but they also committed to keep team president Ted Phillips. And Phillips’ comments on Wednesday aren’t inspiring a lot of confidence in Chicago.

Phillips acknowledged that the Bears have repeatedly whiffed at the quarterback position. And he acknowledged that it’s unacceptable that they haven’t won a playoff game in a decade. But he still insisted that the Bears are on the right track.

“Have we gotten the quarterback situation completely right? No,” he said. “Have we won enough games? No. But everything else is there.”

That’s a little bit like saying, “Am I eating less? No. Am I exercising more? No. But other than that I’m doing a good job on my New Year’s resolution to lose weight.”

Phillips has been team president since 1999, and Phillips is the one who hired Pace, who in turn hired Nagy. If Pace and Nagy don’t improve the team in 2021, they’ll be out of work a year from now. And Phillips may be out of work a year from now, too.

31 responses to “Ted Phillips: Bears have done everything besides find a QB and win enough

  1. What else is there? Find talent and win games I think is the goal in most places.

  2. As Herm Edwards once said, “You play to win the game!”. If you aren’t winning, you aren’t doing enough as a front office and coaching staff. (With the obvious exception of a complete rebuild, which has not been their exact situation.)

  3. nor exactly a ringing endorsement for bringing Trubisky back. Will be interesting to see who they roll with next year. not many choices as they are in no man’s land in the draft. either mortgage the future yet again and give away the farm to move up or another over the hill tired retread…..

  4. Wow. As a Bears fan I do not agree. The essence of team building is scouting, scouting, scouting, and the draft. Compare Green Bay to Chicago. The Packers have essentially been run for 20+ years by scouts — Ron Wolf, Ted Thompson, now Brian Gutkuenst. They are out in the hustings looking for talent, then draft and develop it. Coaches are teachers — once you have the raw talent you have to teach it how to play the game. And scouting is not limited to the draft — Packers have major payers who were signed as undrafted free agents — the team needs the staff to recognize talent, and the coaches to develop it. The Bears under the current administration, are lacking on both fronts. In today’s NFL, you can not build a team giving away tomorrow in the form of future high draft choices, for talent today.

  5. I’m tend to believe that people who ask themselves questions and then answer them are incompetent or are hiding something. Maybe it’s just me.

    The Bears have always treated the team as a business venture, which it is. Ownership honesty does not care about winning or losing as long as the bottom line is in the black.

  6. They still get paid. The defense is getting older fast. They will be looking up at 8-8 soon. This will soon be the worst division in football. No qbs beyond rodgers. Terrible owners. No young talent at all.

  7. Mitch is not coming back because he doesn’t want to come back. He packed his locker up so fast it wasn’t even funny.

  8. Why bother being a fan? They don’t care about winning. They just care about the bottom line. A total embaressment. George, your a dope. I am done.

  9. So what he’s saying is that other than everyone involved in putting the roster together, and everyone involved in developing the players and putting them in a position to win, everyone’s doing a great job.

    It’ll be funny when they re-open Soldier Field for fans and nobody shows up to watch their terrible product. Maybe that will get the McCaskey’s attention.

  10. The Bears are about the financial bottom line and that was evident by what was left unsaid yesterday. The Bears don’t have the scouting system to find, sign, and the build unrecognized talent and yesterday the unspoken theme given Nagy and Pace was “one more and then your done and gone” and which will lead to more Foles like moves to save their skins. Start the 10 year rebuild now folks.

    Only lower fan attendance has a clear message for the owners.

  11. Kumbaya! Our staff is going on a wilderness retreat to talk and share and maybe we can do a trust fall. Our synergies have molded to bring home a sense of being and self worth and we’re all in a better place.

    I’ve never felt better about waking up and being thankful for all we have. We’re going to collaborate with an aging defense, weird cap situation and a drought at quarterback since Gale Sayers. We’re committed to resolving these conflicts!

  12. The fact that Ted Phillips is still employed is a damning indictment on Mike McCaskey. That statement tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the entire organization.

  13. The only humorless historical comment that yesterday’s presser brings to mind: “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln how did you like the play?”

  14. Like saying you’ve done everything to become Elon Musk except make a ton of money and have a car company.

  15. Ted Phillips: “Bears have done everything besides find a QB and win enough”
    Shaquille O’Neal: “I’ve won at every level except college and pro.”

    No wonder you never see Ted and Shaq photographed together. They’re the same guy.

  16. Every year 31 of 32 NFL team will not win the Super Bowl. We watch NFL games to be entertained and someone needs to tell Bears senior mgmt. that the wins against bad teams aren’t fun to watch and the defeats against good teams seem scripted to disaster from minute 2 of the first quarter. If you can’t always win could you please just make watching the Bears entertaining again. At least decent games against Green Bay would be a start.

  17. They have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, only have one WR (who is probably leaving), and have a coach that won’t adjust to the talent he has. But other than that, yes a QB and winning.

  18. Wow, i know know about Ted Phillips from what I read here and what my brother tells me. But that quote is stupid bad…

  19. I’ve been a Bears fan literaly for 60 years and to tell me that its OK to go 8 and 8 year after year is a total slap in the face. I hope the Bears go 0 and 16 next season and the fans just Don’t Show Up…..It’s pathetic that George looks for advise from the old fuddy-duddy owners around the league…and his family? No Wonder George. Why Bother and Sell the team to someone who gives a darn.

  20. We’ve had much worse teams, but I’ve never felt worse or lower as a Bears fan than right now.

  21. The Cardinals had the courage to admit they had the wrong quarterback Rosen and head coach, and brought in a new head coach who came in and immediately got rid of Rosen after Rosen had just got drafted by the Cardinals. The Browns got rid of Kitchens after 1 year and they are actually competing in the playoffs. Detroit is also making moves to improve. The Chicago ownership and Ted Phillips have a problem admitting they have made major blunders. Pace, Nagy along with his staff and Trubisky all have to go. Deshown Kizer from Notre Dame has been given a raw deal by the NFL. When he was at notre dame he was a good quarterback and he still is. If Chicago is not going to sign Deshaun Watson they should look at signing Cam Newton New Englands offensive line is why Cam did not look good ask Tom Brady. Teddy Bridgewater is not bad. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a good veteran that can help Chicago. Jameis Winston can help Chicago. I would like to see Deshown Kizer in a Bears uniform. Cleveland drafted Deshown and that bad offensive line almost get him killed. Cleveland has since drafted some descent offensive linemen to help Mayfield stay up right. Chicago in this 2021 draft with that 1st round pick go for a left offensive tackle. Chicago needs to bring in at least 2 to 3 solid offensive linemen during this 2021 off season. Go get Deshown Kizer quarterback from notre dame 2017 draft class. If you can get Deshaun Watson do it but I think Kizer needs another opportunity to excel. Go get Kapernick he is better than what Chicago currently has.

  22. George, The Bears have a lot of holes, no cap, a tough 2021 schedule, no QB. get ready to blow it up in December 2021. Start interviewing now from the President down.

  23. thegrandpoobah1 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    The Cardinals had the courage to admit they had the wrong quarterback Rosen and head coach, and brought in a new head coach who came in and immediately got rid of Rosen after Rosen had just got drafted by the Cardinals. The Browns got rid of Kitchens after 1 year and they are actually competing in the playoffs. Detroit is also making moves to improve. The Chicago ownership and Ted Phillips have a problem admitting they have made major blunders. Pace, Nagy along with his staff and Trubisky all have to go. Deshown Kizer from Notre Dame has been given a raw deal by the NFL. When he was at notre dame he was a good quarterback and he still is. If Chicago is not going to sign Deshaun Watson they should look at signing Cam Newton New Englands offensive line is why Cam did not look good ask Tom Brady. Teddy Bridgewater is not bad. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a good veteran that can help Chicago. Jameis Winston can help Chicago. I would like to see Deshown Kizer in a Bears uniform. Cleveland drafted Deshown and that bad offensive line almost get him killed. Cleveland has since drafted some descent offensive linemen to help Mayfield stay up right. Chicago in this 2021 draft with that 1st round pick go for a left offensive tackle. Chicago needs to bring in at least 2 to 3 solid offensive linemen during this 2021 off season. Go get Deshown Kizer quarterback from notre dame 2017 draft class. If you can get Deshaun Watson do it but I think Kizer needs another opportunity to excel. Go get Kapernick he is better than what Chicago currently has.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Kizer started lots of games for Green Bay a few years ago when Rodgers broke his collarbone and showed nothing. He got beat out for the #2 QB job in camp the next season by an undrafted free agent. He was given every opportunity in Green Bay — heck, the Packers even made a trade with Cleveland to get him.

    Are you Kizer’s agent?

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