By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 8th, 2015 at 3:27 PM EST
The Chicago Bears have hired Ryan Pace as its new general manager. He comes to the Bears after spending 14 years with the New Orleans Saints.
He was the Saints Director of Player Personnel for the past two years. He was also previously the team’s Director of Pro Personnel.
Pace was considered a candidate to replace GM Mickey Loomis whenever he decides to step down. During Loomis and head coach Sean Payton’s tenure, he was promoted twice.
He’s the sixth GM in Bears history and replaces Phil Emery, who was fired the day after the end of the regular season.
Pace was also the Saints Director of Pro Scouting. He began his career as a scouting assistant in 2002, then was a pro scout, before moving up the scouting department.
The Saints had a 115-93 record during his tenure, which was a .553 win percentage in the past 8 years. Plus, the Saints went to five playoffs, won three division titles, and played in two NFC Championship games in 2006 and 2009.
Plus, in 2009, the team won its first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIV over the Indianapolis Colts.
He’s only 37-years-old, and will have to find a new head coach. Former head coach Marc Trestman was fired after the season.
Once a head coach is named, the team also has to find out the futures of Jay Cutler, who struggled this season, and possibly even wide receiver Brandon Marshall.