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Bears Rumors: Colts' Morocco Brown Eyed for GM Interview After Ryan Pace Fired

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 10, 2022

This is a 2017 photo of Morocco Brown of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. This image reflects the Indianapolis Colts active roster as of Wednesday, June 14, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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The Chicago Bears reportedly aren't waiting long to start the interview process as they look to replace general manager Ryan Pace.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the NFC North team requested an interview with Indianapolis Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown. Rapoport called Brown a "respected voice" within the Colts organization.

He isn't the only candidate, as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Chicago also requested an interview with Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

This comes after the Bears announced they fired Pace and head coach Matt Nagy on Monday following the 2021 campaign.

Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago also reported Brown is considered a "strong" candidate for the position and pointed to previous ties with the organization.

He was Chicago's assistant director of pro personnel from 2001 to 2007, so there is some familiarity in place with Bears ownership. Hoge also suggested hiring Brown "could be seen as somewhat of a do-over" for hiring Pace instead of Colts general manager Chris Ballard when they were both finalists for the Chicago GM position in 2015.

Brown is considered Ballard's "right-hand man" and has been tasked with running much of Indianapolis' draft strategy in recent years.

He also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons for their general manager spot last year and seems primed to land such a position in the near future.

While the Bears were just 6-11 this season and haven't won a playoff game since the 2010 campaign, there are some aspects of the general manager position that could appeal to top candidates in addition to the fact that they play in a big market with a passionate fanbase.

Finding the answer at the quarterback position is often the most important task for any new GM, but Chicago selected Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. While he dealt with injuries throughout the year and was inconsistent on the field, he can make plays with his arm and legs and will now have an entire offseason to prepare as the No. 1 quarterback.

The defense was also a solid sixth in the league in yards allowed per game even though star pass-rusher Khalil Mack was sidelined for much of the season with an injury.

There are some building blocks in place, and Brown's reputation as a strong evaluator for incoming talent could help the Bears build an even better foundation if they ultimately hire him for the position.