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Bears need to avoid Oakland-like tension

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Bears need to avoid Oakland-like tension

Buddy Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com has an excellent summary look at the goings-on in Oakland with the Raiders search for a new general manager. It is a scenario the Bears desperately need to avoid but appear to be skirting dangerously close to similarly thin ice.

The nub of the situation hinges around Hue Jackson, coming off his first year as head coach and now involved in the process of selecting his boss -- much the same as Lovie Smith now is for Jerry Angelos successor.

The name on the front-burner there is Green Bay football operations director Reggie McKenzie, who is a leading name in the Bears deliberations, sources have confirmed for CSNChicago.com.

The problem is that Jackson has had a direct line to team ownership and now the organization is looking at bringing in a GM. But where will that individual fall on the org chart visavis Jackson?

Chairman George McCaskey has been explicit in delineating the lines of authority. The GM in consultation with the president and ownership selects the head coach -- except that now the head coach is in consultation for the hiring of the general manager, exactly backwards from the way it should be and the Bears lay it out.

Mike cites some very clear examples where a dysfunctional coach-GM relationship has blown up the franchise (Kansas City, San Diego).

What makes the Oakland situation worth watching in Chicago is that former Green Bay personnel guru Ron Wolf, now an agent of sorts for McKenzie and a consultant on matters NFL, is involved. One take is that McKenzie has been slow to move toward the Oakland job because of interest in Chicago. But the Bears job only opened on Tuesday, and that was a huge surprise around the league, so McKenzie may only now be taking his long look at Chicago.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The pressure continues to mount on Rob Manfred as the Astros scandal lingers. He apologized on Tuesday but should that be enough for him to keep his job?

17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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