If not promoted, what becomes of Ruskell?

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If not promoted, what becomes of Ruskell?

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.

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

Dowell Loggains' energy suiting Mike Glennon, Bears QBs well

As Bears quarterbacks begin learning Dowell Loggains’ offense, they’re also in a getting-to-know-you phase with each other. 

While it’s not Mike Glennon’s job to develop Mitch Trubisky — that falls on Loggains and Dave Ragone — there does need to be some level of harmony from Glennon to Trubisky to Mark Sanchez to Connor Shaw in this unit. Coach John Fox is no fan of locker room drama, after all. 

The energy Loggains brings to practice could help foster some of that unit-level cohesiveness. Whether it’s through practice competitions or his spirited coaching style, it’s helped keep things lively as the Bears move through their offseason program. 

“He does a great job,” Glennon said. “He brings a lot of energy and he’s got that young personality that a lot of guys respond well to. It’s been great having him around along with a lot of other players and coaches, but he definitely does a great job bringing that energy.”

Shaw is the only holdover in the Bears’ quarterback room from last year, and even then, he suffered a season-ending injury during preseason play in August. The new guys are a 27-year-old signed to a $45 million contract, the No. 2 pick in the draft and a veteran who started two AFC Championship games. 

Good chemistry in the quarterback room doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s something that probably can’t hurt, especially with the development of Trubisky underway. That the Bears have been emphatic in defining Glennon’s role — it’s his year — set the right tone, Ragone said earlier this month. Adding Loggains’ energy in practice seems to have had a positive effect already, too. 

“With three new guys, they've worked very hard in the classroom and now finally we get to take it out on the field, so they're pretty enthusiastic themselves,” coach John Fox said. “And that's just Dowell's style.

“We have some pretty good guys in that room. Different levels of experience that have been there before and done it and that dynamic as far as being a good teammate and the relationship you have with that so I think that's why they handle it so well.”

Bears Talk Podcast: How this is the year of Mike Glennon, NFL rule changes

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Bears Talk Podcast: How this is the year of Mike Glennon, NFL rule changes

On this edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, John “Moon” Mullin and J.J. Stankevitz break down quarterback Mike Glennon’s first OTA workout and his session with the media.

Later, the guys discuss the Glennon/Mitch Trubisky dynamic, how the roster could look and the latest on the recent NFL rule changes, including tweaks to overtime and touchdown celebrations.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: