Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears mascot Staley Da Bear against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Just one day after New Orleans Saints‘ Director of Player Personnel Ryan Pace interviewed for the Chicago Bears‘ general manager position, it was confirmed Thursday afternoon that he has decided to take the job.
Pace spent his last 13 seasons in the Big Easy. Before he took on the DPP position two years ago, he was the club’s Director of Pro Scouting — a strong point within the organization. It’s a bit apparent that scouting has taken a bit of a tumble since he moved on from that area.
Pace started from the bottom and worked his way up to achieve his now former status with the Saints. His initial role in the Crescent City was assisting in the coordinating of operations at the Superdome, at training camp and on game days.
GM Mickey Loomis delivered his 2014 end of the season press conference earlier this week with Pace being a hot topic. ‘He’s ready for a GM job,’ said Loomis. As much as New Orleans would have loved to keep him around, Pace certainly deserves the promotion. Unfortunately, that promotion is now with another team in the NFC.
It’s a tough hit to the team, and the Saints must now work hard over the offseason to find a suitable replacement for Pace, which may very well come from within the organization. However, a fair shot will indeed be given to outside candidates as well.
If Bears’ players, staff and fans are at all familiar with Ryan Pace’s work in New Orleans, they should be excited and intrigued to have him join their club in the Windy City. He undoubtedly deserves a warm welcome with open arms. With the Bears’ recent struggles, Pace is certainly a step in the right direction.