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4 Options to Replace Ted Phillips as Chicago Bears President/CEO

We are less than a week away from the start of the Chicago Bears 2022 NFL regular season. There have been a lot of positives and also a few bumps in the road along the way. However, in less than a week, we will have a real idea of ​​what this Chicago Bears team can really do.

Changes are brewing this year when it comes to the Chicago Bears and it all started when George McCaskey and Ted Phillips decided to part ways with Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy at the end of the 2021 season. a year too late, but early feedback from their replacements could indicate the timing was right. McCaskey and Phillips turned to consultants to help them hire the right chief executive. Let’s hope Ryan Poles turns out to be that guy.

With Ted Phillips retiring, who will assume his role as president/CEO of the Chicago Bears?

This offseason, we’ve all been pushing for clarity on how the process will be handled. We pushed to find out how much control Ryan Poles had once he was hired. The responses weren’t great, but one caveat was that Ted Phillips wouldn’t be involved in football operations. Although most of us want to see a real football spirit take on a new role as president of football operations, while George McCaskey also wiped his hands, taking Phillips out was at least a consolation prize.

Earlier this year, DaBearsBlog’s Jeff Hughes hinted that Ted Phillips would soon be retiring. Nobody knew exactly when that was at the time, but Dan Pompei of The Athletic announced that Ted Phillips would retire at the end of the 2022 season. I think I can speak for most Bears fans. when I say hallelujah.

Nothing against Phillips from a personal point of view. He seems like a good guy. However, nice guys usually end up last – or so they say. If we look at the last 23 years of Phillips’ tenure, there hasn’t been much success. The top pairing under Phillips’ management was Jerry Angelo as general manager and Lovie Smith as head coach. The team saw one Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and five NFC North titles during that span. It’s just not good enough.

I’m not trying to hit Phillips here, that would be too easy. Instead, let’s take a look at some options the Chicago Bears might consider to replace him.