(670 The Score) The Bears’ decision Tuesday to hire Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles as their new general manager has mostly garnered praise across the NFL landscape.
Poles, 36, has worked in the Chiefs organization for the past 13 years, working his way up the ranks after initially being a player personnel assistant. The Bears’ addition of him as their new football operations leader certainly led to praise from ESPN analyst Matt Miller, who joined the Parkins & Spiegel Show.
“As a Bears fan today, you should be very excited with the person they got to run the team,” Miller said.
While Poles is young at 36, Miller doesn’t believe he’s as inexperienced as his age might suggest. He traced that to Poles working under three different general managers in Kansas City – Scott Pioli, John Dorsey and Brett Veach – and thus immersing himself in different styles of leadership and viewpoints in evaluating players.
“He works under Scott Pioli, so he’s got a little bit of the Patriots system in there,” Miller said.
“Pioli gets fired (in Kansas City), and he stays under John Dorsey. So you get a little bit of the Ron Wolf system in there. Well then when Dorsey goes, he gets fired, he stays under Andy Reid and Brett Veach, so you get a little bit of their style and system in there. What impresses me is Poles has that background of he’s not just a Patriots guy. He’s not just a Ron Wolf. He’s not just an Andy Reid guy. He’s able to blend all those different philosophies together in order to – not just to evaluate a player – but how to build a team and what type of culture you want to set within your locker room and what type of men you’re going to go after as the players for your team. And I think that’s what makes him really interesting.”