Gelb to Bears chairman: 'Your franchise is a laughing stock'


Before the Chicago Bears announced the firings of head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace on Monday morning, former team lineman Olin Kreutz told the city's 670 The Score last Friday that the franchise once offered him minimum wage to help develop players on the offensive line.

The claim was part of a larger argument from Kreutz, who said that, in order for the Bears to improve on and off the field, ownership must be willing and able to pay top dollar. Bears chairman George McCaskey was asked about Kreutz's story during a Monday press conference, and although he didn't completely deny it, he insinuated that Kreutz wasn't being truthful.

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"This is the Bears, and why they've been a bad football team for a long time," Zach Gelb said during Wednesday's edition of The Zach Gelb Show. "You can bring in a new GM, you can bring in a new coach. But the people who run the organization stink... For Chicago, I almost expect this to be true. This is just an embarrassing moment. There's been lots of lows for the franchise. This is how you treat royalty in your franchise? $15 an hour when you need his help?...

"Let me let you in on a little secret, George McCaskey: you're not in a position to make jokes right now. Your franchise is a laughing stock. Ugly. It's pathetic. It's embarrassing, putrid. But this is why the Bears are the Bears... You can't even write this script. But the Bears just can't get out of their own way. And they make bad situations even worse, over and over and again."

Chicago, which finished a measly 6-11 for third place in the NFC North, parted ways with Nagy after four seasons and Pace after seven. Although Nagy won NFL Coach of the Year in 2018, leading the team to 12 wins and its first playoff appearance in eight years, he was unable to sustain success. Over the next three seasons, the Bears won just 22 of 49 games.

During Pace's tenure (2015-21), he hired two coaches and traded up for two quarterbacks. Chicago reached the NFC playoffs twice under his watch, but failed to advance past the wild-card round. Since 2010, the Bears have won just one postseason game, and they're 1-3 on that stage since appearing in Super Bowl 41, back in 2007.

Gelb's complete thoughts on the Kreutz-McCaskey feud can be accessed in the audio player above.

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