Bears announce hiring of Ryan Poles

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The Bears made the hiring of Ryan Poles as their new General Manager official Tuesday night.

Poles, 36, spent the past 13 seasons working with the Chiefs as a player personnel assistant (2009), college scouting administrator (2010-12), college scouting director (2013-16), director of college scouting (2017), assistant director of player personnel (2018-20) and executive director of player personnel (2021).

“We are thrilled to be able to add someone of Ryan’s background and football expertise to our organization,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said in a statement. “His accomplishments with the Chiefs speak for themselves and amplified the team’s standing as one of the premier franchises in professional sports. We are confident that under his leadership, we will reach our goal of bringing a Super Bowl championship to Chicago.”

Poles replaces Ryan Pace, whom the team fired Jan. 10. The Bears interviewed 13 candidates the past 13 days, also speaking with Glenn Cook, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Champ Kelly, Jeff Ireland, Monti Ossenfort, Joe Schoen, Ed Dodds, Eliot Wolf, Ran Carthon, Reggie McKenzie, Omar Khan and Morocco Brown.

Poles signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008, but he did not make the final roster.

“I am extremely grateful to George, the McCaskey family and the rest of the Bears organization for this opportunity,” Poles said. “The Chicago Bears are one of the flagship franchises in the National Football League and are recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in all of sports. It’s an honor for me to join such a well-regarded organization. Together with my family, I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running to help get this organization, its fanbase and the city what they deserve: a winning team and a Super Bowl trophy.”

Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.

46 responses to “Bears announce hiring of Ryan Poles

  1. They tried to be KC w Nagy and they’re still trying do it now w Poles. Problem is they don’t have Mahommes.

  2. “Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.”

    You can’t be serious?!!

  3. Another KC reject….sad!

  4. And then, Eric’s in the house!!!
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    Poles has been in KC longer than Bieniemy has. If Poles doesn’t even give him an interview with the Bears that makes a strong statement and something other GMs should take very seriously.

  5. And there’s the Wilf’s left standing with their wilfs in their hands. Time to panic hire.

  6. touchback6 says:
    January 25, 2022 at 8:54 pm
    A Millennial with no experience. Super.

    I really feel for Bears fans at this point.
    ___________

    Millennials are smarter, better educated, and more successful than any previous generation.

  7. ‘A Millennial with no experience. Super.

    I really feel for Bears fans at this point.’

    I regret to inform you that at some point millenials will have alot more of these jobs, given its a designation of people born in a period of 15 years and not anything indicative of who someone is.

  8. A few years ago, there were seven black coaches in the NFL. Now there is one. So much for the Rooney rule. There are quite a few experienced, qualified black coaches available this go around. Let’s see who hires them.

  9. Will KC have to give them back when he’s fired in a few years??? “Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.”

  10. Apparently he has a keen eye for talent. Let’s hope he also has an eye for hiring a decent head coach.

  11. Somehow, I suspect all these youngish GM’s and Ivy league trained GM’s won’t amount to a hill of beans when all is said and done.

  12. The Bears hired 2 GMs and a coach from KC in recent history. With inept ownership who know nothing about running their Chicago football franchise, they should be called the Kansas City Bears.

  13. My god, this is the exact same guy as Ryan Pace!!! Pace was 14 years with the Saints, Coaching intern to director of pro personnel to director of player personnel to the Bears GM. Versus Poles’ 13 years with the Chiefs with basically the same job titles, Executive Director of Player Personnel even. Bears you’re killing me…

  14. If it doesn’t work out, Da Bears will continue to receive high draft picks as well. Win win?

  15. Kwesi Adofo Mensah is the Vikings first choice anyway. Otherwise, why would they want to interview Poles second? Poles was runner up. Plan B all along.

  16. Patrick Machines should get to choose who is picked with those 3rd rounders because he’s the reason they received them.

  17. Everyone is freaking out about the compensatory picks. The Bears don’t give up third round picks. The league creates these and rewards them. Bears aren’t out anything.

  18. Maybe you should only receive draft picks if you develop a competent GM and we won’t know if that happened for a couple years.

  19. “Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.”

    And how many picks does the actual team that hired said minority?

    SMFH

  20. touchback6 says:
    January 25, 2022 at 8:54 pm
    A Millennial with no experience. Super.

    I really feel for Bears fans at this point

    so no experience other than the 13 years he has ?

  21. rojo307 says:
    January 25, 2022 at 8:55 pm
    “Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.”

    You can’t be serious?!!
    ———————————-
    They get compensatory picks at the end of the round not picks from the Bears. Any other team could do the same if a minority front office person or coach gets a promotion with another team.

  22. rojo307 says:
    January 25, 2022 at 8:55 pm
    “Kansas City will receive a third-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 as a reward for developing a minority General Manager hired by another team.”

    You can’t be serious?!!
    ——————-
    I believe the Ravens got 2 third round picks when the Texans hired David Culley. Love it!!

  23. I love how they hired the GM before the coach. This means the GM and Coach won’t necessarily be on the same page.

    LOL!

  24. Young blood is good for the Bears.

    Most Millennials, but the vast majority – not all are weakened, soft and easily manipulated. They will be remembered as the generation that started the decline of America. Hopefully Ryan Poles’ parents did a great job raising this millennial.

  25. I don’t think Ryan Poles falls into that brainless millennial category, most jocks only focus on sports and avoid political brainwash regardless of generation.

    Millennials believe anything and are glued to their social media brainwashers. The truth is starting to come out, it might not be too late for them.

  26. touchback6 says:
    January 25, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Millennials are smarter, better educated, and more successful than any previous generation.
    ——————–
    Maybe, but us boomers are better looking!

  27. Every generation thinks the next one is going to hell in a handbasket. Unfortunately, this time they may be right…..

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