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The Chicago Bears are finalizing a deal to hire Ryan Poles as their next general manager, according to multiple NFL insiders.
Poles, who served as the Chiefs assistant director of player personnel, was considered to be a favorite to land the Bears GM job. In fact, he was a finalist for two other franchises: the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
Poles was in Chicago for this second interview on Tuesday, where Bears Chairman George McCaskey actually picked him up from the airport himself. It was an indication Chicago could make a move as early as Tuesday, and they did.
Given Poles was a finalist for the Vikings GM job, the Bears acted quickly — not letting Poles leave Halas Hall before locking him down as their new GM.
Bears fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the hiring of Poles, which left most of the fanbase pretty excited. Poles was considered a rising star within the Chiefs organization, where he’s been involved in scouting Patrick Mahomes and has been part of a franchise that’s made the AFC Championship in each of the last three years.
While there’s excitement and a little uncertainty, the general consensus among fans is they want McCaskey to get out of the way and let Poles do his job. Next up: Hiring a head coach.
Here’s how Bears fans are reacting to Poles’ hiring:
This isn’t a good hire by the Bears.
This is an incredible hire by the Bears.
This franchise is in GREAT hands with Ryan Poles leading the way going forward. https://t.co/aD4yLGH8eG
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 25, 2022
Wow. Just stepped up and leap-frogged Minnesota for a priority candidate
Poles was a finalist with 4 teams in two years. This is a huge powerplay, no other way to put it https://t.co/jNR6N93mHu
— Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) January 25, 2022
Ryan Poles is the new GM of the Chicago Bears. I'm really looking forward to his introductory press conference.
— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) January 25, 2022
This is the only correct answer. I just want it to be 100% his choice only. https://t.co/QaTfGwSh22
— Patrick Sheldon (@P_Shels) January 25, 2022
It’s Ryan Poles time in Chicago. A young, bright GM who has learned under some of the best in the business.
Let’s do this. #Bears
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 25, 2022
Ryan Poles, the new GM of the Chicago Bears. pic.twitter.com/Y9SbHF3e6d
— BFR (@BFRMedia) January 25, 2022
We have stolen Poles and Fields from Minnesota. Which coach are we about to steal from them?
— Nate Flint (@Nate_Flint) January 25, 2022
I told y'all they weren't letting Poles leave the building today! 🐻⬇️ https://t.co/neTNkloV3K
— Terence M. Young (@Terence_M_Young) January 25, 2022
This dude just seems like a freaking winner. Excited about this hire pic.twitter.com/dVEE39qeRX
— Austin F (@PodGuyFuges) January 25, 2022
— The Honorable Chav Lee™ (@HEYO_ChavLee) January 25, 2022
Hopefully he focuses on making da bears a more offensive centric team, it’s what our franchise desperately needs https://t.co/vptXHCPjLQ
— dak (@dakdammit) January 25, 2022
— Mr. F (@Mr_F88) January 25, 2022
Ryan get more than 15 an hour hold your ground 🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/ttzrGTyocC
— Olin kreutz (@olin_kreutz) January 25, 2022
if this move leads to a super bowl, everyone owes george an apology & meeting people getting off their flight in the terminal will be all the way back. this is how u close a deal https://t.co/Qmtd9VQAt2 pic.twitter.com/QLyrr8G9iy
— DOM (@DOM_Frederic) January 25, 2022
From a source who has worked extensively with Ryan Poles.
“He is a really special dude!!! Smart. Organized. Detailed. Real Football guy with modern day philosophical approach!!! Combines old school and new school!!!”#Bears https://t.co/wvxEdjgfyy
— Anthony Herron (@BigAntHerron) January 25, 2022
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) January 25, 2022
First piece of the puzzle: in place.
Now let the man run the coaching search and get to work. https://t.co/iL9GoFOIsi
— EJ Snyder (@thedraftsmanFB) January 25, 2022
The Chiefs have a lot of good players. Hiring anyone from the Chiefs is smart and never goes bad. I’m in https://t.co/GuuDiY4OTl
— Big Cat (3-0 in GOTY’s) (@BarstoolBigCat) January 25, 2022
Not mad at this at all. Used to play for the Bears and helped scout Mahomes 👏🏾 https://t.co/7fKcriEP5D
— XXVIII (@vinny_spell28) January 25, 2022
Not gonna lie.. the roster he helped built is in the AFC championship game 4 years in a row 😂 let’s vibee https://t.co/rueTR9eAdF
— Trav (@XLNative) January 25, 2022
Ryan Poles now puts several other coaches in play. Several good candidates have been interviewed but, I believe this opens the door to more candidates.
Bears hired the GM before the HC. Good to see them doing some things the right way.
💯 🐻⬇️ https://t.co/bttNRcYo2h
— Daniel Goodwin III (@DanGoodwinIII) January 25, 2022
Love his resume and background on both the college scouting and player personnel side in building the Chiefs into a perennial contender
Can't wait to find out his selection for our next HC
— Malcom C. Riley III (@MalcomRiley22) January 25, 2022
R.P. For Ryan Pace and Ryan Poles. https://t.co/0l8T5u8Koa
— Matthew Dahlberg (@M_Broski21) January 25, 2022
— Sam Stevenson (@ChiSportsSam) January 25, 2022
— CRISTIAN HERNÁNDEZ STAN. (mting06 hate acct.) (@CubsLegionRBW) January 25, 2022
If the nameplate on the office door said “Ryan P” they won’t even have to change it. https://t.co/2zCIaf708e
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 25, 2022
I expect it to fail because Bears but I expect any hire to fail. https://t.co/5bNy5asfk1
— George Atsaves (@GAtsaves) January 25, 2022
What could go wrong with Ryan P. in charge? https://t.co/dqnOjR15ga
— Austin Keeney (@Austin_Keeney) January 25, 2022
— Scotty Flemdawg (@flemdawg97) January 25, 2022
There it is. I think I'm fine with this, have heard nothing but good things about Poles. Hopefully he lands himself a solid HC. https://t.co/3DJubh5skj
— Matt Peck (@Bulls_Peck) January 25, 2022
— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) January 25, 2022
Bears get their GM. I love the hire. https://t.co/eYgoAQFAuc
— Blake (@SoldierFieldBlg) January 25, 2022
Please Please Please pair this guy with Daboll and give them the full reigns🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/YJFV1O896S
— Brian Kollar (@FF_Kollar) January 25, 2022
Did a ton of research on Poles this past week when it seemed he was a top candidate for the job and I like what I was able to dig up. Excited about this hire https://t.co/7sRCMNow10
— Nathan Erbach (@Nathan_Erbach) January 25, 2022
— BROskee-Wow-Wow (@BROskeeWowWow) January 25, 2022
A guy who was involved in the drafting of and was involved in the development of Patrick Mahomes. This is a VERY good hire in my opinion. https://t.co/xBO3MeBAgT
— Joshua Lipowski (@jlipowski18) January 25, 2022
Ryan Pace? ❌
Ryan Poles? ✅ https://t.co/qWlzzTzKlt
— patrick “the paw” williams (@chicagowulls) January 25, 2022
Ryan Poles will now be in the business of building a successful offense around Justin Fields.
The head coaching hire, the draft picks, the free agency signings, it all is essential in the progression of Fields in Year 2.
I trust him with the keys to the car. #Bears
— Chris Maltby (@ChrisMaltbyBD) January 25, 2022
Alright Bill Polian. Your “job” is done is Chicago. Let Ryan Poles handle it from here.
— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) January 25, 2022
Hope Ryan Poles works out for the Bears but most important let him hire his HC, don't let Bill Pollian or any McCaskey make that hire.
— Tom Fehn (@TFehn21) January 25, 2022
Liking what I’m hearing from Chiefs people about Ryan Poles. I’ll share on air at 2:00 @ParkinsSpiegel
The guy who has hyped up Poles for a year and knows him well @nfldraftscout joins us at 3:00.
There’s a coach connection we need to discuss as well.
— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) January 25, 2022
If people around the NFL love the Ryan Poles hire, I will be optimistic about it.
— Andrew McCulloch (@Drew_McCulloch2) January 25, 2022
We’re happy to have you.
— Adam Rosen (@arrosen76) January 25, 2022
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 25, 2022