(670 The Score) The Bears have dropped four straight games and fallen to 5-5. Barring a significant turnaround, they will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive year and the fifth time in six seasons with Ryan Pace serving as general manager.
While the Bears have bottomed out offensively and have significant long-term problems, former NFL executive and current RADIO.COM Sports analyst Michael Lombardi believes Pace won't be fired this upcoming offseason.
"I think everybody thinks that Pace is safe," Lombardi said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday morning. "The word around the league is that he's endeared himself to the family. I don't think there's any doubt that he would be back. Now, maybe that's because nobody really knows and they expect that."
The Bears are 39-51 since Pace took over the Bears' front office in 2015. He's the lead football executive for Chicago, meaning a decision on his future would be left to Bears chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips and the team's board of executives.
Among Pace's greatest missteps with the Bears was selecting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky over stars in Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft. Chicago's quarterback situation remains unsolved this season.
Lombardi believes that mistake should cost Pace his job.
"If you're Ted Phillips, you have to take a step back and say, 'OK, this general manager really cost us, a $100-million mistake in a sense we passed on a really good player,'" Lombardi said. "That alone should get you fired. When you enter the NFL, me included, when you enter the NFL and you make that mistake, you know you're not going to keep your job. If you keep your job after that mistake, you're really, really a blessed person.
"You make a mistake like that, typically that's going to cost your job. If it doesn't, then you're lucky."