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Miller: Who will be the next Bears GM?

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Miller: Who will be the next Bears GM?

With another potential general manager for the Bears now off the list, lets focus on some potential candidates in president Ted Phillips league-wide search for the Bears' next GM. Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson has agreed in principle today to become the next general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. Here are some names worth noting before the Bears potentially settle for Tim Ruskell.

Bill and Chris Polian
Former Chairman and GM of the Indianapolis Colts respectively.
It is hard to argue with Bill Polians track record. Polian built the Buffalo Bills into a powerhouse in the late 80s-early 90s. The Bills represented the AFC in four consecutive Super Bowls. After Buffalo, Polian put the Carolina Panthers on the map before directing the Colts to unprecedented success. Bill was grooming his son Chris to take over day to day operations of the Indianapolis Colts before 2011s devastating injury to Peyton Manning which derailed a decade of success. The Colts achieved seven years of 12 win seasons with two Super Bowl appearances. One of them being a World Championship by defeating the Chicago Bears. Chris is a tireless worker always on the road evaluating talent. The one caveat is the Polians services were no longer needed due to not having a backup plan for Manning. Peyton had not missed one game his entire NFL career. Potentially, the Polians could be hired in the same capacity for the Bears or Bill Sr as consultant with Chris Polian as GM. The positive is the Polians have drafted for a Tampa 2 defense numerous seasons in Indianapolis.

Tom Telesco
Director of Player Personnel of the Indianapolis Colts.
Telescos name has popped up on numerous teams radar. Most likely, because of Bill Polian and the Colts' unprecedented success in the AFC South. Telescos resume starts and stops with the Polians.

Nick Casario
Director of Player Personnel of the New England Patriots.

Nick is in his 11th season with the Patriots. Casario is another tireless worker who spent a number of seasons under GM Scott Pioli (now Chiefs GM). Nick understands day to day operations and works in close concert with Bill Belicheck on personnel decisions.

Steve Kiem
Director of Player Personnel of the Arizona Cardinals.

Kiem is in his 13th season with the Cardinals elevating from College Player Personnel to the pro side of things. Kiem is also well taught under current GM Rod Graves tutelage. The Cardinals have been one of the better drafting teams in terms of talent and finding diamonds in the rough that fit their scheme. Dont go by the Cardinals record this season! They were 8-8, but won seven out of their last nine games. The Cardinals were overhauling their team, restocking from a Super Bowl appearance two years ago. Off the current Cardinal 53 man roster, 51 new Cardinals were signed after the lockout.

John Dorsey
Director of College Scouting Green Bay Packers

Eliot Wolf
Asst. Director of Pro Personnel Green Bay Packers

They are good names, but not quite groomed completely in day to day operations like what Reggie McKenzie was doing alongside Ted Thompson before leaving to take the general manager position of the Oakland Raiders.

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents. 

That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?

The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room). 

So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure. 

Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return. 

“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”

If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length. 

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma (670TheScore.com) and Matt Zahn (CBS 2) join Kap on the panel. If the Bears lose badly to the Lions, should Sunday be John Fox’s last game? 

Plus Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill joins the panel to talk Bulls as well as the Niko/Portis cold war.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: