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Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge: Management Round 2 (‘2’ vs ‘3’)

The final matchup of Round 2 sees Ryan Pace laying the foundations of a defense and struggling to identify offensive players with talent.

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The final matchup of Round 2 is here. This pair of face-offs involves second-guessing Ryan Pace’s management decisions. Had the competition proceeded on-seed, this would have been a showdown of the #2 seeds versus the #3 seeds. However, there was an upset. More on that a few lines down, though.

First up, we need a review of the process. After the polls go live (1pm most days), fans have 48 hours to vote before the polls close. You can vote on whatever factors you want, and you can lobby fellow fans in the comments to agree with you. The goal is that we have some fun with fellow Bears fans in the offseason.

On to the challenge at hand. The dumpster fire that was the 2017 Chicago Bears wide receiver corps beat out the Robert Quinn contract for a spot in this showdown.

Best

#2: Signing Akiem Hicks - Hicks is a true anchor on the field, and his absence is felt whenever it happens. The signing was also a bold move on Pace’s part, elevating a player who had been a rotational role-player into a cornerstone of the defence.

#3: Signing Danny Trevathan - Trevathan was integral in move from a 4-3 to a 3-4, and his knowledge of the system and of the expectations for everyone’s position helped the unit become a force to be reckoned with in 2018.

Worst

#7: The 2017 Receiver Corps - Kendall Wright, Dontrelle Inman, and Markus Wheaton “led” a class of receivers who managed to set up the entire passing game for failure, almost no matter who was throwing the ball.

#3: Trading for Nick Foles - as a general guideline, if the Jacksonville Jaguars have decided a quarterback is no longer salvageable, there is only one place for that passer to end up. Yup, Chicago. Did this move cost a mid-round pick to secure an overpriced backup the team cannot unload? Yes, yes it did.

Poll

Which was the better management move?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    #2: Signing Akiem Hicks
    (556 votes)
  • 4%
    #3: Signing Danny Trevathan
    (24 votes)
580 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which was the worse management move?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    #7: Assembling the 2017 receiver corps
    (218 votes)
  • 62%
    #3: Trading for Nick Foles
    (362 votes)
580 votes total Vote Now