Bears fire V.P. of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell

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The Bears began Fourth of July weekend by firing a longtime member of their front office.

LaMar “Soup” Campbell, who has served since 2015 as vice president of player engagement was fired today, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Campbell was on vacation today when Bears General Manager Ryan Poles called to fire him, Biggs reports.

The move comes as a surprise. From all indications out of Chicago, Campbell was well-liked within the organization. And he was one of the members of the committee that Bears ownership assembled this offseason to identify the best candidates for the GM job that Poles ended up getting.

Campbell played five seasons in the NFL and had been the Bears’ VP of player engagement since 2015.

33 responses to “Bears fire V.P. of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell

  1. Either he did something very bad or this is a horrible look for the Bears. Couldn’t wait to fire him until after his vacation?? Makes no sense

  2. Soup Campbell canned while on vacation.There must be more to this condensed and watered down report.

  3. oscarxray says:
    July 1, 2022 at 5:23 pm
    Soup Campbell canned while on vacation.There must be more to this condensed and watered down report.
    —————–

    Ha ha! I see what you did there… You funny guy you!

  4. LaMar was on the committee that ultimately recommended Poles for the job, but he was NOT onboard with the committees ultimate choice, and this is the fallout from that. He didn’t back the candidate that ultimately got the job, and now he’s done it’s as simple as that

  5. He went from standing inline waiting for boardwalk fries to working the line at the soup kitchen.
    I hope the vacation was MMM MMM GOOD!

  6. Unbelievable! The most honest and popular guy in the building who’s a illegitimate football guy. Some jealous suit guy got ’em! Another team will scoop him up. Stay you Soup! God is good.

  7. Whatever he did or did not do, must have been serious……we shall hear soon.

  8. Does Justin Fields have that much Juice (Power) already in his 2nd year?? I thought only 20 years vets were allowed..

  9. When you get fired in the dog days of July suddenly and while on vacation, it’s not based on months of contemplation, it’s a fairly straightforward foreable offence.

    Admittedly not knowing what NFL player engagement people do, never mind a vice president of such, one can only imagine that a particular player or players wasn’t or were not feeling “engaged” with this guy.

    Or, this guy over stepped his bounds in providing what a certain player asked for in order to stay “engaged”.

  10. Pretty weak to can a Bears’ vet from a non- operational position cause he didn’t back the hire of the current GM. Poles should have a thicker skin and more class.

  11. Seems to me the Bears now need to project stability and continuity in the organization. Unless there is cause, firing this guy who is popular with the players moves that needle in the opposite direction.

  12. The bears just doing more Bear Stuff. No matter who runs the show, nothing changes.
    This is a classic Bear Move.

  13. Sounds like he was in hot water. I wonder if something bigger is boiling. It must have been hard for him to digest that news.

  14. What exactly does player engagement mean? And why do you need a VP for this role?

  15. Training camp starts in a few weeks. Maybe the VP of player engagement should have considered taking a vacation earlier?

  16. Lol all these people “outraged” that the dude got fired are the same ones that consistently trashed Bears managment for the last 10 years. You can’t bake a cake without breaking some eggs. They want the GM to build a winning culture but don’t get rid of any personnel that could be part of the problem.

  17. Firing someone during this time of year (and while on vacation) screams he did something very wrong that will be released eventually

  18. Firing a longtime employee over the phone while the guys on vacation? That’s cold, man. Good job Bears

  19. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    July 2, 2022 at 4:56 pm
    Stay classy Chicago Bears. #ownedby12

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Maybe we should wait to see why he was let go. He may have pulled a Chmura.

  20. Fired on vacation? We’ll be reading about this more I’m sure.

  21. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    July 2, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Stay classy Chicago Bears. #ownedby12

    ________

    Yeah, but watching the Packers choke consistently in the playoffs every year is way worse than losing a close game that was thrown by the refs.

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