‘We're sitting here now saying we do trust Ryan and Matt’: What we heard from the Chicago Bears after retaining GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

Colleen Kane and Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune on

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Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey and President and CEO Ted Phillips met with the media Wednesday morning on Zoom to discuss why they decided to keep general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy in their roles for the 2021 season.

Pace and Nagy then took questions about their vision moving forward for a team that finished .500 the last two years and lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs this season.

Here are key topics the four Bears leaders addressed.


Chairman George McCaskey

— On team president Ted Phillips


“The leadership that Ted Phillips has displayed during the pandemic has been extraordinary. It is yet another example of why our family has so much faith in him as the Bears’ president and CEO. He communicated frequently and extensively with our staff and made sure that they know that their health and safety is our top priority. He streamlined work-at-home requirements and allayed the fears of staff that there would be layoffs or furloughs. I’m particularly grateful for Ted’s steady hand when the team faced adversity during this past season and as he and I went through the end-of-season evaluation process. We had rigorous discussions over the course of several weeks. Those conversations, as well as regular meetings with Ryan and Matt, including this week, have been candid and constructive and have culminated in the decisions we’re sharing with you today.”

— On his evaluations of general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy

“Ryan and Matt are men of character. They are both like Ted outstanding leaders. I’ve been most impressed with how well they collaborate. I was impressed with both of them this past season, especially during the six-game losing streak. The fact that our players never gave up is a tribute to the players. It is also indicative of the type of players that Ryan acquires and speaks to the players’ regard for Matt as their head coach. Like Ted and I, Ryan and Matt, too, have rigorous discussions. In the end, all four of us want what’s best for the Bears. There are no egos. There are no other agendas. Have mistakes been made? Yes. But I think both Ryan and Matt are learning and growing in their roles.

— On his message to fans


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