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The Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge: Management 4 vs 5

With one more first-round matchup to go, it’s time for fans to decide on which operational moves Pace made that deserve more scorn and which ones he made that deserve more praise.

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Welcome to the final matchup of Round 1 of the Pace Bracket Challenge. This article looks at the management moves made by Ryan Pace, good and bad alike, that will close out the operational bracket. To see how things have been going so far, you can check out Draft matchups 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5. Meanwhile, the Management matchups are 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, and 3 vs 6.

Where does that leave us? Dealing with a rare offensive free agent success, an organizational misstep, and a highly contentious coaching selection.


#4: Signing Allen Robinson - no, the Bears have not extended Robinson, but Ryan Pace did land him for Chicago in the first place. It almost doesn’t matter if fans consider Robinson a truly dominant WR1 or not, because he has certainly proven to be better than anything else Chicago had. For the three seasons he has already played for Chicago, Robinson has been the leading receiver—and that includes 2018 when he had under 750 yards. Robinson’s yards per target, yards per reception, and touchdown totals have yet to match what he did in Jacksonville for his lone Pro Bowl year, but he has been the most reliable weapon for any quarterback wearing Navy and Orange.

#5: Hiring Matt Nagy - Nagy has a 28-20 record as a head coach for the Chicago Bears, and he has taken the team to the playoffs in two of his three years as a head coach. He coaxed a level of performance out of backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky that earned the passer an alternate Pro Bowl nod, and he has shown the ability to use a variety of the weapons at his disposal.


#4: Ray MacDonald - Before the Pace-Bears ever played a snap, there was already egg on the organization’s face. Ray MacDonald was being investigated for sexual assault when Pace brought him to Halas Hall, and he was released two months later while he was being investigated for domestic violence and child endangerment charges. The only good news was he apparently paid for his own plane ticket to get to the job interview.

#5: Hiring Matt Nagy - King of the too-cute offense, Nagy has clearly learned clock management and time out use from Andy Reid, even if nothing else has stuck with the former Arena Football quarterback. Despite being given the #2 overall pick to work with, as well as a former Super Bowl MVP, Nagy has never delivered Chicago a Top 10 offense or a playoff win, relying instead on the defense to get the job done.


Which was the better management move?

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  • 85%
    #4: Signing Allen Robinson
    (465 votes)
  • 14%
    #5: Hiring Matt Nagy
    (76 votes)
541 votes total Vote Now


Which was the worse management move?

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  • 79%
    #4: Bringing in Ray MacDonald
    (419 votes)
  • 20%
    #5: Hiring Matt Nagy
    (111 votes)
530 votes total Vote Now

As always, vote and make your case below. Polls close after 48 hours.