Ryan Pace

Ryan Pace (born February 17, 1977) is the general manager for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He previously worked in the New Orleans Saints' front office for 14 years.

Ryan Pace
Chicago Bears
Position:General manager
Personal information
Born:February 17, 1977 (age 42)
Flower Mound, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Marcus HS (Flower Mound, TX)
College:Eastern Illinois
Career history
As executive:
  • New Orleans Saints (2001)
    Operations assistant
  • New Orleans Saints (2002–2003)
    Scouting assistant
  • New Orleans Saints (2004–2006)
    Professional personnel scout
  • New Orleans Saints (2007–2012)
    Director of professional scouting
  • New Orleans Saints (2013–2014)
    Director of player personnel
  • Chicago Bears (2015–present)
    General manager
Career highlights and awards

College career

Pace played linebacker at Edward S. Marcus High School before committing to Eastern Illinois in 1995; he had also received offers from Illinois State, North Texas, Texas State, and Western Illinois. EIU offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Clancy Barone praised Pace for his speed and athleticism, saying he "showed good toughness on film."[1]

At EIU, he converted to defensive end and played for the Panthers from 1996 to 1999;[2] despite entering college at 200 pounds (91 kg), he increased his weight to 250 lb (110 kg) by his senior year.[3] In 1998, he led the team in tackles for loss (nine) and fumble recoveries (three).[4] He received his degree in marketing.[5]

Professional career

After not gaining any opportunities as a player, Pace was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2001 as a coaching intern.[5] Six years later, Pace became the director of pro personnel, and in 2013, became the director of player personnel.[6]

In 2015, Pace was offered an interview for the general manager position by the New York Jets, but declined. He was later interviewed by the Chicago Bears for the general manager position on January 7,[6] and was hired the next day.[7] At 37 years of age at the time of his hiring, Pace was the youngest general manager in the NFL.[8] To replace the fired Marc Trestman, Pace hired John Fox as the Bears' head coach.[9] In Pace's first three years and the stretch of Fox's tenure, the Bears went 14–34, leading to his firing after the 2017 season.[10]

After Fox's firing, Pace hired Matt Nagy as Chicago's next head coach in 2018.[11] Before the season, the Bears traded for star Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack and made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.[12] That year, the Bears went 12–4 to win the NFC North for the first time since 2010, while Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen, two fourth-round picks Pace made in 2017, were named All-Pro. Pace was eventually named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News, becoming the third Bears general manager to win the award after George Halas in 1956 and Michael McCaskey in 1985.[13]

Personal life

The son of Michael Pace and Ginger Phillips, Pace grew up in Flower Mound, Texas which is a suburb of Dallas. His grandfather Buck was a minor league baseball player.[14][3]

He and his wife Stephanie have one daughter together.[15]


  1. ^ Nielsen, Brian (April 5, 1995). "EIU signs one player from academy, might get another". Times-Courier (Mattoon, Illinois). Retrieved January 14, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Former EIU Player Ryan Pace Named Bears GM". Eastern Illinois Panthers. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Nielsen, Brian (October 30, 1999). "EIU lineman improving at a rapid Pace". Times-Courier (Mattoon, Illinois). Retrieved January 14, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "EIU Football History" (PDF). Eastern Illinois Panthers. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Nielsen, Brian (October 13, 2001). "Former Panther enjoying life in the NFL's other side". Times-Courier (Mattoon, Illinois). Retrieved January 14, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b Dickerson, Jeff (January 7, 2015). "Potential GMs Chris Ballard, Ryan Pace visit Bears". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Biggs, Brad; Campbell, Rich; Wiederer, Dan (January 8, 2015). "Bears hire Ryan Pace as general manager". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 9, 2015). "Pace considers Bears a perfect fit". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Wright, Michael C. (January 16, 2015). "Bears hire John Fox as coach". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (January 1, 2018). "Chicago Bears fire coach John Fox after 5-11 season". National Football League. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Biggs, Brad (January 8, 2018). "Bears hire Matt Nagy as franchise's 16th head coach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bears acquire Khalil Mack from Raiders, reach $141M extension". ESPN. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Ellis, Cam (March 25, 2019). "GM Ryan Pace named Sporting News' Executive of the Year, first Bears GM to win since 1985". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Nielsen, Brian (July 31, 1999). "McElroy ready to go with Colts". Times-Courier (Mattoon, Illinois). Retrieved January 14, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. A week before the Ohio Valley Conference media day, Eastern's football press guides have arrived. [...] [S]enior defensive end Ryan Pace's grandfather played for the Washington Senators[.]
  15. ^ "Bears GM Ryan Pace: Day One". Chicago Bears. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.

External links

2015 Chicago Bears season

The 2015 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 96th season in the National Football League. After the firing of general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman following the 2014 season, the team hired former New Orleans Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to fill those positions, respectively. Fox's hiring marked the Bears' third head coach in four seasons.

The Bears entered the 2015 season with hopes of improving their 5–11 record in 2014. The team started the regular season with a rough start, losing their first three games. In the following eight games, the team went 5–3, including a Thanksgiving win over the rival Green Bay Packers. However, the Bears then lost the first three games in December, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention in week fifteen by the Minnesota Vikings. In week sixteen against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears improved upon their 2014 record with a 26–21 win. After losing in the final game of the season to the Detroit Lions, the Bears ended the season 6–10 and last in the NFC North.

The 2015 Bears were more competitive in games compared to the 2014 team, with six of their ten losses being by less than a touchdown. Additionally, new coordinators Adam Gase and Vic Fangio helped revitalize the offense and defense, respectively; under Gase, quarterback Jay Cutler threw a career-low eleven interceptions and recorded a 92.3 passer rating, the highest in his career. With Fangio, the defense allowed 397 points; the last two defenses had previously allowed franchise highs in points, including 442 in 2014. However, the team was marred by injuries during the year, with only four players starting all sixteen games. The Bears also went 1–7 at home in 2015, the worst home record in franchise history. This was also the first time since 1973 that the Bears failed to win a home game against a division opponent.

2016 Chicago Bears season

The 2016 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 97th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach John Fox.

The Bears looked to improve upon their 6–10 record from 2015; however, they suffered a second consecutive 0–3 start and were plagued by injuries with an NFL-high 19 players on the injured reserve list by the end of the season. Multiple injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler resulted in backups Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley playing much of the season. They finished with a 3–13 record, the worst record for the team since the NFL's move to 16-game seasons in 1978. The Bears also went 0–8 on the road for the first time in franchise history. After the season, Cutler was released, and initially announced his retirement from the NFL, but he later signed with the Miami Dolphins.

2018 Chicago Bears season

The 2018 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 99th season in the National Football League, as well as the first under head coach Matt Nagy, who took over the job after John Fox was fired in 2017 following a three-year tenure.

2018 marked their first winning season since 2012 and their first playoff appearance since 2010. The Bears ensured improvement over their 5–11 record from the previous season in Week 10 when they defeated their division rival Detroit Lions. In week 12, they scored their eighth win of the season, also against the Lions, ensuring that the Bears would not have a losing season for the first time since 2013. With a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Bears clinched their first winning season since 2012. With their Week 15 win over the rival Green Bay Packers, the Bears clinched their first playoff berth and division title since 2010. They lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who they had helped get into the playoffs on the last game of the season, in the NFC Wild Card Game 15–16 on January 6, 2019 at Soldier Field.

2019 Chicago Bears season

The 2019 Chicago Bears season will be the franchise's 100th season in the National Football League, as well as the second under head coach Matt Nagy. They will attempt to improve upon their 12–4 record from 2018, make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and break their 8 year long drought of having not won a playoff game.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.The franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, on September 17, 1920, and moved to Chicago in 1921. It is one of only two remaining franchises from the NFL's founding in 1920, along with the Arizona Cardinals, which was originally also in Chicago. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season; they now play at Soldier Field on the Near South Side, next to Lake Michigan. The Bears have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.The team headquarters, Halas Hall, is in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois. The Bears practice at adjoining facilities there during the season. Since 2002, the Bears have held their annual training camp, from late July to mid-August, at Ward Field on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Eastern Illinois Panthers football

The Eastern Illinois Panthers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Eastern Illinois University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1899. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat O'Brien Stadium.

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a state university in Charleston, Illinois. Established in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School, a teacher's college offering a two-year degree, Eastern Illinois University gradually expanded into a comprehensive university with a broad curriculum, including Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities.

Edward S. Marcus High School

Edward S. Marcus High School is one of five main high schools in the Lewisville Independent School District, in the U.S. state of Texas. The school opened in 1981 and was the second high school in the district. It services students who live in northern Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Lewisville, and Copper Canyon.

Marcus' mascot is the Marauder whose imagery mimics the Texas Tech Masked Rider. There have been five different costumes for the mascot, the most recent introduced in 2014.

The school is most known for their fine arts and extra curriculars, such as its UIL winning theatre program, national award winning acapella group, and swim team (who also boasts being one of the only teams in the state to have a rooftop pool.)

Flower Mound, Texas

Flower Mound is an incorporated town located in Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. Located northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth adjacent to Grapevine Lake, the town derives its name from a prominent 12.5-acre (5.1 ha) mound located in the center of town.

After settlers used the site for religious camps during the 1840s, the area around Flower Mound was first permanently inhabited in the 1850s; however, residents did not incorporate until 1961. Although an effort to create a planned community failed in the early 1970s, Flower Mound's population increased substantially when Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened to the south in 1974. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 64,699, reflecting a 28% increase over the 50,702 counted in the 2000 Census.Flower Mound's municipal government, operating under a council–manager system, has invested in a public park system highlighted by an extensive network of trails. The town's public schools comprise part of the Lewisville Independent School District. With its moderately affluent population and proximity to the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, Flower Mound has used a smart growth system for urban planning, and has recently experienced more rapid light industrial growth to match the growing needs of the primarily residential community. In 2012, Flower Mound was ranked at #8 as one of the Best Dallas Suburbs according to D Magazine.

History of the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears American football franchise is a charter member of the National Football League (NFL) and have played in all of the league's 99 seasons. The Bears have captured nine NFL championships – eight NFL championships and one Super Bowl – second most all time behind the Green Bay Packers. The franchise has also recorded more victories than any other franchise with 739, retired the most uniform numbers with fourteen, and have the most members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with twenty-seven.

The club has played in over a thousand games since becoming a charter member of the NFL in 1920 through the 2016 season.

Jay Cutler

Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a retired American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, for whom he played for three seasons. In 2009, he was traded to the Bears, where he played for eight seasons. After being released by Chicago in 2017, Cutler initially retired to become a sportscaster for NFL on Fox's television broadcasts, but returned for one more season with the Miami Dolphins when quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. He retired a second time following the 2017 season.

Jeremiah Ratliff

Jeremiah Jerome Ratliff (born August 29, 1981), is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He played college football at Auburn University and was drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Kevin White (American football)

Kevin Romone White Jr. (born June 25, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kyle Fuller

Kyle Brandon Fuller (born February 16, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and played college football at Virginia Tech.

Michael McCaskey

Michael McCaskey (born December 1943) was the Chairman of the Chicago Bears in the National Football League from 1999 until 2011.

Mike Glennon

Michael Joseph Glennon (born December 12, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell David Trubisky (born August 20, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina, and was drafted by the Bears with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Pace Pictures

Pace Pictures is a post production house based in Hollywood, California.

Founded in March 2005 by editor and producer, Heath Ryan, Pace Pictures specializes in film, television, VFX, and title design. Working in collaboration with Raleigh Stewart, Pace was responsible for the acclaimed opening and closing sequences for the feature Veronica Mars and also the iZombie title sequence and bumpers for director Rob Thomas.Pace Pictures have completed numerous feature films for every major studio in Hollywood. Including Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day, Mine Games, The Lookalike, Jingle All the Way 2, Rob Zombie's 31, MariahCarey's A Christmas Melody, and Alex Zamm's Woody Woodpecker. Work has just been completed on the Sundance hit Flower and the title sequence for Greg McLeans, The Belko Experiment.

Heath Ryan has worked closely with Mariah Carey on her concert films and music clips including, I Don’t and her Golden Globe nominated, The Star.

The company directed and post produced numerous concert films with, Juan Santillan and his company Six Degrees TV, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Coldplay 360, Austin City Limits and many others.

Pace produced the pilot, The Producer, starring Billy Zane and the feature film Lawless Range with Kris Kristofferson and Beau Bridges. In 2018, company completed the independent film Silver Lake, written and directed by Sean McGinly. Silver Lake won best original screenplay at the DTLA Film Festival in Oct 2018.Heath has produced and directed advertising spots, music videos and trailers for international brands and campaigns.In April 2018, Michael Minkler partners with Pace Pictures.

Phil Emery (American football)

Phillip Emery (born January 16, 1959) is an American football scout for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bears of the from 2012 to 2014.

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