Bears general manager Ryan Poles instills tough new culture
Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus waste no time creating a new culture in Chicago.
polish was hired in January to replace former Bears general manager Ryan Pace, and the Poles picked defensive-minded Eberflus to replace former coach Matt Nagy soon after. Together, the two are rebuilding a franchise that has finished first in the NFC North twice in the past 15 years, with just four winning seasons since 2007.
Poles was hired by a five-person search committee consisting of Bears president George McCaskey, president and CEO Ted Phillips, former Bills, Panthers and Colts general manager Bill Polian, former vice -President of Player Engagement Lamar “Soup” Campbell and Tanesha Wade, Team Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
On the July 7 episode of the Hoge & Jahns podcast, Bears insiders Adam Hoge of CHGO Sports and Adam Jahns of The Athletic discussed the recent firing of Campbell, who was a beloved former staff member. The Poles fired Campbell by phone while he was on vacation, a move Hoge called “surprising” When it has arrived.
According to Jahns, it is possible that Campbell’s dismissal was the result of a sensible new culture that the Poles and the company are instilling.
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Jahns: If you don’t agree with Poles and Eberflus, ‘get out of the way’
“It wasn’t impulsive. It wasn’t based on any specific incident that happened,” Hoge said of Campbell’s release. “Sometimes people just don’t gel and the timing is weird. I think that’s probably more the problem there.
Jahns noted that while he didn’t know why Campbell was fired, he was told there was a new vibe in the building.
“I was told that,” Jahns said. “If you don’t agree with what Eberflus and the Poles are doing, it’s almost like, ‘Step aside.’ They have this philosophy, this plan they believe in, this culture they want to build, certain players they want to target, coaches, what do you have… and if you don’t agree, get out of the way, or you’ll get out of the building.
Jahns wasn’t saying that Campbell disagreed with the Poles or Eberflus on anything; he was sharing more of what he had learned about the new team and the new culture that the Poles and the company are trying to build.
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Poles revised the bears roster and coaching staff
Since being hired, Poles has revamped Chicago’s roster, trading veteran Khalil Mack, while releasing several of the team’s longtime starters, including Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and Tarik Cohen. Additionally, he brought in a whole new coaching staff, while revamping the front office, also creating an assistant general manager position for former Philadelphia Eagles executive Ian Cunningham.
ABC 7 Chicago’s Dionne Miller, who was a guest on the Hoge & Jahns podcast, said she’s been a fan of the Poles’ approach so far.
“I’ll be honest,” Miller replied. “I don’t hate it. I quite like this approach. They know what they want it to look like, and if you can’t get on board with them, they don’t have time to address your issues with that, “See you soon.” I don’t hate that.
Jahns also noted that while the new culture was certainly going to allow for dissent and dissenting opinions, “If there’s a fear that that dissenting opinion will lead to conflict – like unnecessary conflict – then you have a problem.”
Looks like Pole knows exactly what he wants and who he wants to surround himself with. The future will tell if he made the right decisions.
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