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Key Details Emerge on Role of New Bears GM Ryan Poles: ‘He Demanded It’

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This is definitely a good sign for the Bears.
Getty Chicago Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips and chairman George McCaskey were part of a search committee that chose Ryan Poles as the team’s next GM. The winds of change are blowing through the Windy City. The Chicago Bears are hiring former Kansas City Chiefs Executive Director of player personnel Ryan Poles as their next general manager, as first reported by NFL insider Adam Schefter. The 36-year-old Poles has spent the last 13 years with the Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2020. Now, he’ll be tasked with finding the Bears’ next head coach, as well as with building a roster around second-year quarterback Justin Fields. Poles was a finalist for the Carolina Panthers’ GM opening in 2021, and was also a finalist for the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants general manager positions, so he is held in high regard throughout the league. After Schefter initially reported the news, one top Bears insider shared details of what went down behind the scenes when Poles was hired. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Jeff Hughes of Da Bears Blog revealed via Twitter that all five members of Chicago’s selection committee had Poles ranked as the top candidate after interviews. The Bears’ search team was made up of Bears Chairman George McCaskey, team President Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame ex-Colts executive Bill Polian, Bears director of player engagement Lamar “Soup” Campbell and Bears Senior VP for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Tanesha Wade, and Poles clearly made an impression.

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