Ryan Pace has issued his two-sentence statement on the terms of the Bears' brief relationship with Ray McDonald. Never mind the media - which wants a bigger piece of the first-year general manager in the first blemish on his resume. I'm wondering if the public needed to hear more, whether it was more remorse over a roll of the dice that backfired, or more overall regret over how we got here, courtesy of Pace's bosses.
Upon defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's endorsement, McDonald became a potential cog to make his 3-4 defense effective quickly, based on their four years together in San Francisco. But chairman George McCaskey's about-face, based on McDonald's face-to-face "selling" of his situation, looms even larger in the broken trust Bears fans could possibly have in this franchise.
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After releasing McDonald 48 hours before this almost-finished-product of John Fox's first Bears roster convenes for the start of three half-weeks of Organized Team Activities, I asked my Tweeps whether they needed to hear Bears brass clear the air further over a situation they put themselves in, just when trust and optimism seemed to be rising. But by an overwhelming margin, most said they didn't need to hear more from McCaskey or Pace in this week's only media availability Wednesday. Some examples:
@CSNBoden nope...he's gone...nuff said
— R. J. Marcinkiewicz (@ghostryder68) May 27, 2015
@CSNBoden address their mistake
— B Shy (@shywe21) May 27, 2015
@CSNBoden No it's over move on. He never played and down for Us and didn't get paid. It's a lot easier to put it in the past.
— Frank Hudson (@ROHfan17) May 27, 2015
@CSNBoden move on. It's been addressed. McDonald's no longer a bear. Done.
— Daniel Valle (@DDValle92) May 27, 2015
@CSNBoden Nope it's over time to move on.
— Tony (@TonyTram75) May 27, 2015
There's a school that thinks Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should've nipped the Deflategate situation in the bud a week before the Super Bowl, admitting a mistake and avoiding the recent hoopla (if, in fact, he wasn't innocent). The Bears have already admitted their mistake with McDonald by cutting him and delivering a two-sentence statement. Will that suffice, long-term, with this regime, or do they need to answer any lingering questions one more time to let it pass, and move on?