Buddy Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com has an excellent summary look at the goings-on in Oakland with the Raiders search for a new general manager. It is a scenario the Bears desperately need to avoid but appear to be skirting dangerously close to similarly thin ice.
The nub of the situation hinges around Hue Jackson, coming off his first year as head coach and now involved in the process of selecting his boss -- much the same as Lovie Smith now is for Jerry Angelos successor.
The name on the front-burner there is Green Bay football operations director Reggie McKenzie, who is a leading name in the Bears deliberations, sources have confirmed for CSNChicago.com.
The problem is that Jackson has had a direct line to team ownership and now the organization is looking at bringing in a GM. But where will that individual fall on the org chart visavis Jackson?
Chairman George McCaskey has been explicit in delineating the lines of authority. The GM in consultation with the president and ownership selects the head coach -- except that now the head coach is in consultation for the hiring of the general manager, exactly backwards from the way it should be and the Bears lay it out.
Mike cites some very clear examples where a dysfunctional coach-GM relationship has blown up the franchise (Kansas City, San Diego).
What makes the Oakland situation worth watching in Chicago is that former Green Bay personnel guru Ron Wolf, now an agent of sorts for McKenzie and a consultant on matters NFL, is involved. One take is that McKenzie has been slow to move toward the Oakland job because of interest in Chicago. But the Bears job only opened on Tuesday, and that was a huge surprise around the league, so McKenzie may only now be taking his long look at Chicago.
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6'4" | 214 lbs.
3,532 YDS, 62.0 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 QBR
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The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.
In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.
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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.
Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.