The Bears search for Jerry Angelos replacement will make its way through some candidates with other NFL teams; Ted Phillips and his in-house search committee have been doing homework on prospects already. Tim Ruskell, the current director of player personnel, is a candidate, one who wont need a lot of vetting, just some updating.
But while management stated last week that coach Lovie Smith will remain for 2012 and the new GM would be someone who fit with Smith, two secondary questions about Ruskell didnt come up.
How involved, if at all, is Ruskell in the search process? With his experience in Tampa, Atlanta and Seattle, he knows people. If Smith will be involved in any capacity in the search, what about Ruskell? The new GM would be his new boss as well as Smiths.
But if Smith is a must-keep for the new GM, is Ruskell? Does the new GM have the authority to fire him? And if he does not get the job, will he be able or want to stay?
Ruskell has headed up pro and college ops since Angelo brought him in and consolidated the offices of pro personnel and college scouting directors. If he exits, voluntarily or otherwise, with the scouting combine, free agency and the draft coming, the already sizeable pressure on the new guy, going into a pivotal year for Lovie Smith and his staff, increases.
On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.
The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.
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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?
Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.
The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.
According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.
Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.
Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.
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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.
The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.
Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.