Ryan Poles doesn’t like “rebuild” label for Bears


Whenever a team starts a new regime, there’s always one word that no one likes to use:


But that word is usually accurate when describing what’s going on with a club’s transactions — especially because teams don’t usually replace coaches and General Managers when things are going well.

When the Bears traded edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Chargers in March, it signaled that the team was looking to gain assets. Chicago doesn’t have a first-round pick after trading up to select quarterback Justin Fields last year.

But when asked if the team is rebuilding during a pre-draft press conference on Tuesday, General Manager Ryan Poles rejected that term.

The ‘rebuild’ thing is like super sensitive,” Poles said. “We’re constructing a very good football team — regardless of how you use whatever term that is. We just continue to add talent and young talent, older talent, whatever it takes to make the best team possible.”

Then, Poles offered an analogy.

“Actually, late night with the wife, we’re watching TV — the home network where there’s some rooms that are good, you might have to redo some countertops over here, some fresh paint over there. Some rooms are good, you don’t need to touch them. So that’s kind of the thought process there. That’s not a rebuild either.”

To that point, Poles noted that Chicago already has talent on its roster.

“I think some of the expectations, the standards that we want to meet — we have players who are already in that mindset of doing things,” Poles said. “And then watching them perform, there’s talent on this team that I’m excited to build around and build with.”

Still, nailing the draft will be important for the Bears to establish a foundation under Poles and new head coach Matt Eberflus.

“Every draft is important,” Poles said. “Any time you can bring in new, young talent that can create competition and help get better, and obviously with the way free agency is, you get a rookie contract and you get a little bit of time to keep tweaking things and improve.”

17 responses to “Ryan Poles doesn’t like “rebuild” label for Bears

  1. Rebuild isn’t applicable. There was nothing ever there, OK maybe 1985.

  2. It is really hard to rebuild an ownership philosophy of favoring nepotism over competency that doesn’t seem to care to much about winning.

  3. In order to rebuild you had to have something good that you lost… I don’t like the term rebuild for the Bears either.

  4. You can’t say the Bears are re-building because they have not been “built” in at least 35 years.

    We’re hopeful, like the PACKERS when Ron Wolf appeared on the scene in Green Bay, that all those decades of futility and empty promises will finally be left in the dust.

    But, for now, excuse us if we remain skeptical.

  5. It’s only a rebuild if you plan to win more than 6 games over the next few years.

  6. How about an ownership REBUILD…absent that, this is all just “here we go again.” Same ownership – different day!

  7. The Bears have probably the worst roster, top to bottom, in the NFL.

    Going anywhere forward with said roster would be considered a rebuild in most circumstances

  8. As a Bears fan, I’m less interested in the terminology and more interested in the time frame. Obviously they need to start over after the mess left behind by Nagy and especially Pace so don’t be so sensitive about what it’s called, we all know they aren’t very good and likely won’t be for at least the next couple of seasons. I don’t know much about Poles but something tells me he’s not sold on Fields, which is why we’re not talking about Jim Caldwell as the head coach of the Bears. If true, that’s OK but move him now – unfair as hell to Fields in the short term but you’re doing him and the team a favor long term. The fact that he’s BS ing about what this process is called bothers me a bit.

  9. Ummmm, ok. I wouldn’t call it a rebuild either because there would have to be something there to start with for there to be an actual rebuild. The Bears are in the same boat as the New York Jets (SB3). They have their one 85′ superbowl, but after that it’s just a yearly occurrence where the owner and the front office make stupid decisions which lead the team to fail on the field. It isn’t the players or the coaches that’s the problem, it’s the culture and mindset of the GM up to the owner that is causing the issue. If the front office is in charge and never changes, then it doesn’t matter what players they put on the field, they will never succeed. A fish rots from the head down, both the Jets and Bears are a very good example of this.

  10. It doesnt matter what you call it. How about here we go again? is that any better. Probably not. New coach, new GM, new players, new etc>>>>>>>

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