The Bears’ five-member search team conducted a second interview with Poles Tuesday at Halas Hall. The search team consisted of McCaskey, president/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, Bears vice president of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell and Bears senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Tanesha Wade.
The search team was impressed with Poles’ leadership, direct communication style, poise, intelligence and confidence. They liked that he excelled in his role with an elite organization and were impressed with the plan and vision he shared to make the Bears successful. After Tuesday’s second interview with Poles concluded, one of the members of the search team emphatically said: “We got our guy.”
Prior to entering the NFL, Poles served as a recruiting assistant at his alma mater, Boston College, where he played offensive tackle for five seasons (2003-07), protecting long-time Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
Poles signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008, but he did not make the final roster.
Poles is a native of Canandaigua, N.Y. He becomes the seventh general manager in Bears history, following George S. Halas Jr. (1963-74), Hall of Famer Jim Finks (1974-83), Jerry Vainisi (1983-87), Jerry Angelo (2001-11), Phil Emery (2012-14) and Ryan Pace (2015-21).
After relieving Pace of his duties Jan. 10, the Bears interviewed 13 general manager candidates over 13 days. In addition to Poles, they also spoke with Glenn Cook, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Champ Kelly, Jeff Ireland, Monti Ossenfort, Joe Schoen, Ed Dodds, Eliot Wolf, Ran Carthon, Reggie McKenzie, Omar Khan and Morocco Brown.