Bears GM Ryan Poles Says Chicago Will Win NFC North 'and Never Give It Back'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 31, 2022

FILE - Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is shown on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Indianapolis. Matt Eberflus is the new coach of the Chicago Bears, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, tasked with turning around a franchise mired in mediocrity for much of the past decade. The person confirmed the move to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, because there had been no announcement by the Bears.(AP Photo/Zach Bolinger, FIle)
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Newly hired Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus discussed their high expectations for the organization at their introductory press conference Monday.

Poles notably made a bold prediction about the team:

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Ryan Poles: “We’re going to take the North and never give it back.” <a href="https://t.co/lS6iZK9vk9">pic.twitter.com/lS6iZK9vk9</a>

While Poles will try to build a roster that can win, Eberflus indicated a difference will come from the players.

"We are going to be an effort based team," he told reporters Monday. "That's the number one thing."

"We will play with maximum effort every play," Eberflus added.

Both men also seemed to be on the same page about creating a fast, physical team:

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Coach Flus: “We will play at a high tempo, a high effort, attacking physical style built upon speed, quickness, and explosive athletic ability.” <a href="https://t.co/UH77P6M9GG">pic.twitter.com/UH77P6M9GG</a>

Mike Berman @MikeBermanNBC

Poles says <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bears</a> will build through draft, get young/fast physical players, and be selective in FA.<br><br>Says they'll have a relentless approach to fix weaknesses.

Mike Berman @MikeBermanNBC

Eberflus says when you turn the tape on, he wants people to notice ...<br><br>"Man, these guys play, they plan fast, they play physical, they play Chicago-tough." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bears</a>

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Matt Eberflus to <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChicagoBears</a> players: "Get your track shoes on, cause we're running." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DaBears?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DaBears</a>

Poles and Eberflus will try to turn things around for the Bears after the team finished 6-11 last season. The organization has just two playoff appearances and zero postseason wins in the last 11 years.

There are exciting pieces on the roster, notably 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields at quarterback, but it will be a challenge to unseat the Green Bay Packers as the three-time defending NFC North champions.

Poles does bring with him a history of success after spending the past 13 years with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the assistant director of player personnel when the team took home the Super Bowl after the 2019 season.

Eberflus joins the Bears after serving as the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator for the past four seasons. The squad finished in the top 10 in the NFL in points allowed in three of those four years, including in 2021 when Indianapolis allowed just 21.5 points per game.

After an exhaustive search, the Bears determined these were the two who could help get the team back on track.

"Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus both possessed the qualities we’re looking for in our team: Tough. Gritty. Smart. Opportunistic. Winners," chairman George McCaskey told reporters Monday.

It's now up to Poles and Eberflus to create a winner in Chicago.