The Bears hold the 19th pick in the first round of this years draft. Maybe what theyre looking for is someone who knows how to use exactly that spot for exactly what theyre after.
But they may need to move sooner rather than later.
Ryan Grigson, director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles, is on the interview list for the Bears vacant GM job, Adam Schefter over at ESPN is tweeting. Adam reports that Grigson also will interview with the St. Louis Rams.
Grigson, a Purdue graduate, was involved in 2009 when the Eagles selected speed receiverreturner Jeremy Maclin. The Bears No. 1 need area going into this offseason: wideout.
The No. 19 pick in the 2010 draft belonged to the Atlanta Falcons. They selected Sean Witherspoon. An outside linebacker. A Bears target area.
In the Falcons front office making that pick was Les Snead, the Atlantas director of player personnel, is a name on the Bears candidate list. But he also has permission to interview with the Rams and Indianapolis Colts, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Bears search is clearly focusing on individuals from teams with successful draft histories rather than GM retreads. At this point. There is competition for the top prospects and that projects to fast action, as in the Oakland hiring of Green Bays Reggie McKenzie, who CSNChicago.com sources say was the top name on the Bears list.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace, like everyone else in the United States right now, is doing his best to do his job in what's become a bizarre new normal of social distancing. Fortunately for him and the rest of the team's staff and players, Halas Hall is well-equipped to handle COVID-19's challenges.
The renovations at Halas Hall couldn't have come at a better time. The more expansive campus provides the Bears with the space needed to keep the players and coaches as safe as possible. For Pace, it offers a greater opportunity to appreciate the little things while catching a meal with Matt Nagy.
“So the last two nights, we discovered how nice it is,” Pace said, via MMQB. “You sit out there, and it forces you to take a different vantage point during the day. Beautiful view, and it’s pretty peaceful.”
As Albert Breer pointed out, Pace and Nagy's view includes four outdoor practice fields and a couple of ponds. Not too shabby.
The most important takeaway isn't the landscape. Instead, it's safety.
NFL players have until Thursday to decide whether they'll opt-out of the 2020 season, and for teams that are lacking the facilities Chicago has, it's more likely high-risk players or those with families at high-risk will choose to sit out the season.
Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman and safety Jordan Lucas have decided to opt out this year, and there's a chance more will do the same.
Pace is confident in Chicago's COVID-19 plan. We'll see if the players are too.
For now, Pace is finding comfort in the little things.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was removed from the team's COVID-IR list on Tuesday, the team announced via Twitter, after the 12-year pro tested negative three times for the novel coronavirus.
Stafford can now report to training camp, take his physical and begin preparing for the 2020 season with his teammates.
MMQB's Albert Breer reported Monday that Stafford tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic. The Lions insist Stafford never had the virus but instead had a false-positive result.
This is obviously great news for the Lions but is also a stark reminder of how volatile the COVID-19 testing process will be during the 2020 season. It's also a warning for teams to have a plan in place in the event their starting quarterback contracts the virus. Detroit signed Chase Daniel this offseason to serve as Stafford's primary backup. He served in that capacity for the Bears over the last two seasons and was serviceable in his role.
Chicago has a full-blown quarterback battle underway in training camp between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky, which means there's no choice but to have both players in somewhat close-ish proximity to each other. As a result, the risk of quarterback-to-quarterback transmission of COVID-19 is high. The Bears may have no choice but to keep Tyler Bray, who's currently listed as the team's QB3, in bubble wrap, as our JJ Stankevitz suggested here.
Stafford won't be the last high-profile player to register a false-positive result this summer. The NFL must make sure their testing protocols are sound enough to get this right, otherwise, the 2020 season will implode.