Chicago Bears: Executive of the Year

Ryan Pace Earns Executive of the Year

Ryan Pace, the general manager for the Chicago Bears, was voted Executive of the Year by Sporting News. Pace replaced Phil Emery as the face of Halas Hall in 2015.

Pace's work is just starting to yield its fruit through his hard work and dedication. He reshaped this current roster in his image with only four players remaining from the previous regime. In 2018, he is best known for swinging a blockbuster deal that brought Khalil Mack, former Defensive Player of the Year, from the Raiders. It cost the Bears a draft ransom but the immediate gains were evident.

This past season, Chicago went from worst to first in the NFC North while only yielding a single division loss. They won 12 games, clinched the third seed in the conference while boasting the No. 1 defense in the league. His contributions do not end there, first-year hire Matt Nagy earned Coach of the Year honors while former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Fangio was later named head coach of the Broncos.

Pace shared this quote with chicagobears.com following this recognition:

“It’s humbling because there are so many talented GMs in our league,” Pace said. “Just being in this role, you respect the hard work that goes into this. I have so much respect for all of them just because I know what this job entails.”

Chicago had eight players (three offensive, four defensive, one special teams) earn Pro Bowl bids this season. Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Tarik Cohen, and Eddie Jackson earned first-team All-Pro honors. Jackson and Cohen were middle round selections under Pace.

The Bears offer a bright future for the Windy City faithful. They return 20 of 22 starters next season making them one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. Ryan Pace and Co. have five picks in the upcoming Draft to continue building a championship organization.

Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN! JT out.

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