The Bears announced the firing of GM Phil Emery, HC Marc Trestman and OC Aaron Kromer, today. In a lot of ways, they are playing their own version of Game of Thrones. In the NFL, all coaches must be fired. No truer than on Black Monday, the day of such firings.
How the 2014 season played out, it was much, much needed. The thing is though, if the Bears fall into their set routine of “doing their due diligence” (dragging their feet) it will likely result in the same thing: failure. When you play chess, you don’t live long playing move to move. You set up your opponent and think a couple moves ahead. The really great players, play moves and move ahead of their competition. There were a handful of coaches let go since last night, in addition to the Raiders who let their coach go mid-season.
So what does this mean for the Bears? Simply, they have a lot of competition for a new coach and a GM. Coaches are a dime a dozen and Chicago will be one of the premiere landing spots. The GM pool might not be as vast. I would look at the Steelers, Packers and Giants organizations for possible candidates. These are teams that draft well and have all 53 men on their rosters contribute game in and game out, year in and year out. The Giants have been mediocre since their last Super Bowl run, but they draft very well. Odell Beckham Jr. is the latest example.
Here is hoping that George McCaskey has been making his list and checking it twice since the mid-season beatdown up in Green Bay. The McCaskey’s allegedly had an “emergency meeting” in the luxury boxes of Lambeau field. We can only hope at that time they were planning ahead for this day, just in case they would need to make wholesale changes.