List of Candidates to Replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM

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With Ryan Pace Fired, Who is the Front-Runner to Become the Chicago Bears’ New GM in 2022! Who Will Replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM?


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List of Candidates to Replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM

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List of General Managers Fired/Resigned in NFL Football in 2021

  • Rick Spielman-Vikings
  • Dave Gettleman-Giants

Full Story on Ryan Pace Being Fired as Chicago Bears General Manager

With Ryan Pace gone, now is the time for the Chicago Bears to make a list of top candidates. In fact, the recognizable applicants could be qualified to become the team’s new general manager for the 2022 Season. Chicago parted ways with Pace along with Head Coach Matt Nagy following their season finale loss vs. Minnesota Vikings. Ryan Pace had been the team’s architect since 2015, while Nagy had been the coach since 2018. Pace will depart the Bears with two playoff appearances, but no postseason victories. At the time of the firing announcement, the Bears were 6-11 overall during the 2021 season. Just a couple years after Chicago had one of the best defenses in the league, 2021 was a step back for the team as they gave up at least 30 or more points in six games.

Ryan Pace’s Career with Chicago Bears & NFL

During his time in the Windy City, Ryan Pace guided the Bears to two playoff appearances. His notable draft selections as Bears GM are the following: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State-11th Overall in 2021), LB Roquan Smith (Georgia-8th Overall in 2018), and QB Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina-2nd Overall in 2017). In 2018, he led the team to their first NFC North Division title and playoff berth since 2010. However, the Bears have not won a postseason game since the 2010 Divisional vs. Seahawks. The Bears are looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since 2006 and their first Super Bowl since 1985. Prior to becoming the Chicago GM in 2015, Pace was the Director of Professional Scouting (2007-2012) and Director of Player Personnel (2013-2014) for the New Orleans Saints. He won a Super Bowl Championship in early 2010 when Drew Brees and the Saints defeated Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, many Bears football fans might be wondering: Who is the leading candidate to replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM in 2022? The top candidates listed in this article have prior front office experience. In addition, those candidates have been on the executive staff for at least three years. For the list of top candidates to replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM, please refer to the information below!

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Possible Candidates to Replace Ryan Pace at Chicago

Internal Candidates

Champ Kelly

  • Denver Assistant Director of Pro Personnel (2010-2014)
  • Chicago Director of Pro Scouting (2015-2016)
  • Chicago Assistant Director of Player Personnel (2017-Present)

Top GM Candidates for Chicago Bears to Consider

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Eliot Wolf-Patriots

  • Packers Director of Player Personnel (2015-2015)
  • Packers Director of Operations (2016-2017)
  • Browns Assistant GM (2018-2019)
  • Patriots Senior Front Office Consultant (2020-Present)

Omar Khan-Steelers

  • Steelers Director of Football Administration (2011-2016)
  • Steelers VP of Club Administration (2016-Present)

Glenn Cook-Browns

  • Packers Pro Scout (2012-2016)
  • Browns Assistant Director of Pro Scouting (2016-2020)
  • Browns VP of Player Personnel (2020-Present)

Jeff Ireland-Saints

  • Cowboys Director of Scouting (2005-2007)
  • Dolphins GM (2008-2013)
  • Seahawks Draft Consultant (2014)
  • Saints Assistant GM (2015-Present)

Leading Candidate to Replace Ryan Pace as Bears GM in 2022

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Joe Schoen-Bills

  • Panthers Scout (2001-2007)
  • Dolphins Scout (2008-2013)
  • Dolphins Director of Player Personnel (2013-2016)
  • Bills Assistant GM (2017-Present)

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