A busy offseason for Bears comes with renewed playoff hopes
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By: Ed Sherman June 27, 2012
This off-season has been a busy one for the Chicago Bears, who expected to contend last season until injuries derailed those hopes. The team wasn't "properly prepared" for those hits, Bears Chairman George McCaskey says in this four-part Crain's Business of Sports interview.
In the videos, Mr. McCaskey talks about the decision to fire former General Manager Jerry Angelo and working with the new GM, Phil Emery, and the importance of finding the right players to fill holes in case those bad breaks happen again. The main thing, though, is to get into the playoffs. "You have to get in the playoffs to make hay," he says, and points to Super Bowl champs the New York Giants, who overcame their own problems and got hot at the right time.
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Mr. McCaskey also shared his experiences in his first year as chairman. He said the best piece of advice he received was that "less is more."
"People don't want to see ownership putting themselves out there all the time. . . .The spotlight is on the players."
He later talks about his family's ownership of the Bears and the emotional ups and downs that come with being chairman.
Lastly, Mr. McCaskey discusses the 10th anniversary of the new Soldier Field. He talks about the challenges of having a stadium with the smallest capacity in the NFL and the controversial exterior design.
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