The Speculation on a New GM Begins.........................
Former Broncos GM Sundquist interests Bears
By David Haugh, Tribune reporter 5:03 p.m. CST, January 4, 2012
At the start of the search for Jerry Angeloís successor, Chicago Bears team president Ted Phillips plans to reach out to somebody he interviewed the last time he was looking for a general manager.
According to a league source, the Bears have expressed interest in former NFL executive Ted Sundquist, a finalist for the job when Angelo was hired in 2001. Sundquist spent 16 years in the Broncos organization, including 2002-07 as the teamís general manager, and was the man in charge when Denver selected Jay Cutler in the 2006 NFL draft.
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The Broncos were 58-38 and made the playoffs three times during Sundquistís tenure but communication problems with then-coach Mike Shanahan led to his dismissal.
- "I don't like rats off a sinking ship."
- "Do I have skeletons in my closet? I have a bone convention."
- "It's easier for me to clean up your back yard than it is mine."
- "The next autopsy will be mine."
- "I've listened to so much crap ... I should have a turban on."
- "I have to be looking out for Mr. Goodbar."
- "We're not going to prostitute character."
- "Let's not get into judging souls here."
- "When we do our homework on players, we have a very sound and tested mythology."
- "Whistle Dixie."
Described by one former NFL executive as ďa very smooth leader," the 49-year-old Sundquist joined the Broncos in 1993 as a scout and served in various roles, including player personnel assistant and director of scouting before his promotion to GM.
He carries a stronger reputation around the league for managing the salary cap and making bold trades than evaluating talent -- the skill Phillips said will weigh heaviest. But Sundquist also offers experience and organizational savvy some other candidates might not. Since leaving the Broncos, Sundquist has stayed busy in various broadcast and Internet media roles as well as a stint running the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. In 2009, Sundquist was a finalist for the Chiefs GM job that went to Scott Pioli.
Phillips made clear that the next GM would have to have chemistry with coach Lovie Smith and accept Cutler as his franchise quarterback. We donít know how Sundquist might click with Smith but we can be certain he would have no qualms with Cutler. Before the Bears traded for Cutler in April 2009, the Tribune interviewed Sundquist for his opinion on whether he would deal for the quarterback.
"From the standpoint of physical tools, he is about as good as I've seen," Sundquist said. "He's athletic, big, strong, can make all the throws and has good feet. He can run. He's ultra-competitive. If I were a general manager, I would jump all over him and not think twice."
Other candidates linked so far to the Bears GM position include Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie, who reportedly is also on the Raidersí radar, Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta and former Colts president Bill Polian. <cq>