Bears Director of Player Personnel Tim Ruskell is an in-house candidate to replace Jerry Angelo, who was fired last week. Ruskell is currently serving as the interim general manager while Bears president Ted Phillips conducts a general manager search.
The 55-year-old Ruskell has worked in the NFL since 1987 and was the Seattle Seahawks’ general manager from 2005 until resigning late in the 2009 season after he was informed that the team was not going to renew his contract. The Seahawks went to the Super Bowl in Ruskell’s first season in the front office and won divisional titles in 2006 and 2007, but he clashed with head coach Mike Holmgren, made questionable moves in free agency (paying Shaun Alexander ahead of Steve Hutchinson) and bad drafts (first round picks on Kelly Jennings, Deion Branch) that flat-out ignored the offensive line led to a 9-23 record over the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
In addition to Ruskell, Phillips is looking at several up-and-coming general manager candidates. Atlanta Falcons Director of Player Personnel Les Snead and New York Giants college scouting director Marc Ross are potential interview candidates in Chicago.