The Buffalo Bears?
Chicago is on the hunt for a new everything after letting go general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy this week. The Bears are hitting reset after the failure to develop Mitchell Trubisky and don’t want to make the same mistake with Justin Fields.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chicago requested an interview with Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen for their vacant general manager job. It’s now a crowded group from Buffalo waiting to talk to the Bears.
The Bears have already requested to interview Bills offensive and defensive coordinator, Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier, respectively, for their head coach opening.
Schoen is in his fifth season in the Bills front office. He has 20 years as a member of an NFL front office. He spent seven years with Bills GM Brandon Beane in Carolina (2001-2007). Schoen interviewed for the GM opening in Carolina last season. Instead that job went to a different Bills front office member, Dan Morgan.
The Bears have placed inquiries around the league for permission to interview candidates. Joining Schoen on the list are Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown, Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland, Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, and former Texans GM Rick Smith.
What could drive Schoen to Chicago is their interest in Daboll and Frazier. If the Bears current group want to hire a GM who is familiar with coaching candidates there is no one better than Schoen, giving Chicago a choice of an offensive and defensive mind.
Leslie Frazier has an inside track to the job as well. The former coach of the Vikings and member of the iconic 1985 Chicago Bears defense, he’s led the Bills to a top-five defense each of the last three seasons and the No. 1 defense this season.
He has been described as someone who can provide a calming presence to any situation.
But if the Bears want what’s best for their first-round quarterback then Brian Daboll’s role in the development of Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen could put him over the edge.
It’s more than likely at least one member of the Bills front office or coaching staff is poached this offseason and there’s a significant chance they end up in Chicago at this point.