Open Letter to the Bear’s Owner, George McCaskey

Attn: George McCaskey

Halas Hall

1920 Football Dr

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Dear George,

Congrats on a big draft hall this year. Looks like a promising bunch of players. Attached are the meeting minutes from the annual meeting of Everyone From Chicago. Though the main portion of the meeting was spent talking about solutions for the Chicago Teacher’s Union, upcoming alderman elections, potholes, and what seems to be a monsoon season, we did address ideas and issues concerning the Chicago sports teams as usual. I know that typically these discussions are just a formality with minor questions, but we did have more substantial discussions regarding the Bears this year.

I wanted to inform you that Chicagoans have decided to relieve you of your duties as owners of the Chicago Bears.

First off, I wanted to thank you for all the work the Halasses and McCaskeys have put into the city and the team over the years. As a league founder, the Halas name will forever be synonymous with the NFL and the Chicago Bears and that type of history is not lost on the city. And we remember the many successes that your ownership has brought to us including:

·       Anybody growing up in the seventies and eighties will never forget the best sports team player of all-time, Walter Payton. Payton was more than just an athlete, attested by the fact that NFL’s most prominent award is named after him. He is the greatest running back of all time, one of the best receivers of all-time, and one of the Bears best quarterbacks.

·       And though no running back could ever compare to Walter, the Bears have created a great tradition of having great running backs that probably started with Sayers and Payton but extend to Matt Forte, Neal Anderson, Thomas Jones, David Montgomery, and we even had one of the Adrian Petersons for a few years (maybe not the one everyone remembers). Forte especially was a great Bear who will go down in history as one of the backs who helped transform the position into a dual threat position.

·       Though the rest of the country is sick of hearing about the ’85 Bears, no Chicagoan will ever tire of talking about that year and that Super Bowl. And yes, it was the best defense of all-time.

·       Speaking of defense, thank you for the tradition of great linebackers. With Butkus, Singletary, Wilbur Marshall, Otis Wilson, Urlacher, and now Roquan Smith, I am not sure any other organization can boast such a stellar group historically.

·       And you always had a great sense of humor. Remember when you hired Trestman as a coach? Or guaranteed Cutler $50 million? And the entire NFL probably still can’t believe that we went to the Super Bowl in 2006 based on pick sixes and special teams (who would have thought Hester would be the next Bears Hall of Famer). Who needs an offense?

All good things must come to an end. Of course, it is always fun to blame the coach, and nobody likes firing coaches and managers more than Chicagoans. You took a stab at hiring the fourth best young, offensive minded coach in Steve Nagy, but turns out the other three were much better. Maybe a screen pass on third and 15 does work for other organizations. You can hear the collective groan from all the bars in Chicago all the way to Soldier Field after those plays.

Or, maybe it’s the general manager’s fault for hiring the coach or for making the key player decisions.  Who wouldn’t want Trubisky instead of Deshaun Watson? Who would want all those legal troubles (apparently Cleveland)? Pittsburgh seems to think very highly of Mitch. And Mahomes is really expensive, so we are glad we dodged that bullet. I wouldn’t want that holding our salary cap hostage.  And TJ Watt is just JJ’s little brother, doubt he’ll amount to much. The fact of the matter is, we may never know if Trubisky is a good quarterback, and we certainly have no idea what Justin Fields’ potential is after this year. But the good news is that we have fired all our general managers, too.

So that really just leaves ownership left holding the ball. The buck needs to stop somewhere.  Crap actually rolls uphill, not downhill.  At some point in time, ownership must take responsibility for the failings of the team. Though NFL.com rated the Bears draft an A-, the offseason transactions are very perplexing: 

·       Traded Khalil Mack to San Diego.  We have signed various linebackers and defensive linemen like Noah Dawkins, Larry Obunjobi, and Nicholas Morrow. Not really the household names that Mack was when we brought him over from the Raiders.

·       We got a long snapper.

·       We got Equanimeous St. Brown from the Packers.  He had 9 receptions for 98 yards last year.  There was a guy named St. Brown on the Lions how had 90 receptions for 912 years last year (just move a decimal place to the left and it looks like the guy from the Packers).  Did we get the wrong St. Brown?  There was also a guy named Adams who wanted to leave Green Bay, did we not get that email?

·       We got Byron Pringle from the Chiefs. He was the fourth best receiver on the Chiefs.  This guy named Hill left the Chiefs and was pretty good for a couple of years. 

·       We picked up QB Nathan Peterman. Oki-doki.

·       We picked up Tajae Sharpe who had 25 receptions for 230 yards.

·       We picked up Dante Pettis who had 10 receptions for 87 yards.

·       I am glad we got rid of Allen Robinson, though.  In his last healthy year (2020) he had 102 receptions and 1,250 yards, much more than Pettis, Sharpe, St. Brown, and Pringle altogether. The Rams picked him up and except for Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham, and Van Jefferson, they haven’t been a very good judge of receiver talent.

The bottom line is that in the face of underwhelming records and lack of urgency for change, Everyone From Chicago has decided to move on with current ownership.  

The good news is that the severance package is generous.  Forbes valued the Bears at $3.45 billion in 2020 and we assume that has only increased.  That should help you make ends meet for yourselves, your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren, and a few more generations after that.  Please contact HR to pick up your COBRA packages and make decisions regarding your 401k.

Again, thanks for the effort and the memories.  We’ll take it from here.

Sincerely Yours,

Everyone from Chicago.

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  • Larry Goldman

    Larry spends his nights and days watching, researching, and writing about sports in Chicago and the national conversation.

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