Bears casting wide net for GM/head coach candidates

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With respected NFL consultant Ernie Acorsi doing the legwork, the Chicago Bears have begun reaching out to prospective candidates for their open General Manager and head coaching positions.

Some news has leaked out regarding possible interviews. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, the NFL aligned organziation that helps promote minority candidates in coaching, scouting, and front-office jobs, recommended Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, and Baltimore Ravens Director of Pro Personnel Vince Newsome for the GM spot. Former NFL executive John Wooten, chairman of the Pollard Alliance, spoke highly of the Bears search process and the three candidates. Ross was a finalist three years ago when the Bears hired Phil Emery.


Acorsi hired as part of three-headed Bears search

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Longtime NFL executive Ernie Acorsi will help the Chicago Bears spearhead the search for a new general manager and ultimately, head coach. Bears Chairman George McCaskey announced the addition of Acorsi as a consultant during a Monday afternoon press conference following the dismissals of both former GM Phil Emery and former coach Marc Trestman.

Acorsi’s track record shows his penchant for sound football judgement. He was responsible for bringing Tom Coughlin to New York to coach the Giants and also was instrumental in the drafting of Eli Manning, John Elway (with the then-Baltimore Colts), and Bernie Kosar in Cleveland during his stint as Browns GM.


Bears purge Emery, Trestman

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After a tumultuous season filled with mistakes on the field and a lack of leadership off it, the Chicago Bears took swift action Monday by firing General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman.

The pre-season optimism quickly faded after a season-opening home loss to Buffalo and was combined by players and coaches running roughshod over the a well-intentioned yet overmatched Trestman. Last season’s offensive improvement turned into a mirage with QB Jay Cutler leading the NFL in turnovers (24).  The Bears failed to score in the first quarter 11 times, sitting atop the league in that dubious category.