Two of the biggest fish reported to be on the Bears’ list of general manager candidates—potentially, the top two—will not become the new head of football operations in Chicago.
Green Bay Packers’ director of football operations—and Lovie Smith colleague—Reggie McKenzie will be headed to Oakland to head up their football program, and Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta—who some believed to be the most qualified candidate on the market—is apparently NOT on the market, as the Ravens announced today that he will remain in Baltimore and will not interview for any open position at this time.
It’s not been a very good start.
However, all is not lost yet. Eagles’ director of player personnel Ryan Grigson will interview with the Bears in the near future according to an ESPN report. The team will also interview Colts’ director of player personnel Tom Telesco for the vacancy.
Other candidates reported to be on the Bears’ current list include Falcons’ Les Snead, Titans’ Lake Dawson and Chiefs’ Ray Farmer. Many believe Snead to be a likely option.
Without the team’s full list, it’s impossible to know who else may remain on the Bears’ radar, but I have to believe, given the success of the organization and opinions around the league, another Packers’ candidate could still emerge in John Dorsey; although there’s no word if he’s interested in making that transition—which may be why his name has not surfaced. The Packers would not be able to deny him the opportunity to interview seeing as they permitted McKenzie to do so, per league rule.
Gut feeling tells me the hire happens soon; before February.
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