(WTVO/WQRF) – With the Chicago Bears’ season set to kick off in Detroit on Sunday, Bears president George McCaskey says there can only be one goal this season. The same goal he has every season.
“The goal every year is to win the Super Bowl,” McCaskey said during a Zoom conference with reporters on Thursday. “Two years ago, we had a great race. We fell short. Last year we went backwards, so we need to know which team it is. Is this the team that took the NFL by storm two years ago, or is this the team that slipped back last season?
This is a key season for general manager Ryan Pace in his tenure with the Bears. He’s held in high regard by the McCaskeys, but if the Bears aren’t producing on the field, could his job be in jeopardy? McCaskey was asked how he would rate Pace, especially in a bizarre season altered in many ways by COVID-19.
“It’s a challenge for everyone, so part of the assessment is how he responds in his role as GM to the challenge,” McCaskey said. “Winning is of course part of the evaluation, then his staff, his supervision of the personnel department and the scouting department.”
McCaskey likes how Pace and head coach Matt Nagy walked the team through safety protocols and the absence of preseason and the absence of minicamps.
McCaskey says he didn’t attend any of the training camp practices. He was adhering to NFL guidelines on limiting people to practices. Because of that, he couldn’t comment on the quarterback battle between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles which was won by Trubisky.
“I didn’t get a chance to watch it (the competition) because I didn’t see any practice. I know Mitch very well of course. I haven’t even met Nick yet. Today is only the second time I have been to the building (Halas Hall) since mid-March.
When asked how critical it was for the Bears to find a long-term solution to their quarterback position, McCaskey said he didn’t see a problem.
“We think we have solved the problem with two strong candidates. Mitchell is number one and a proven performer. Nick is number two, so we’ll have to see what happens from Sunday.
McCaskey hopes the NFL can achieve a full season despite the threat of COVID-19.
“We are very encouraged by what we have seen so far and what has happened so far, but we have to be vigilant. We cannot be complacent. We must be disciplined. “We have to stick to the program. We cannot let our guard down. We were told early on that it only takes one or two teams to take the whole thing down, so we have to do our part and hope other teams do their part to keep it going.
McCaskey says his mother, 97-year-old Virginia McCaskey, can’t wait for the season to begin and plans to travel to Detroit for Sunday’s game.
“She is always looking forward to the start of the season, but to say she is particularly looking forward to this season would be an understatement.”
Fans will not be allowed to attend games at Soldier Field at least early in the season. McCaskey hopes that will change as the season progresses.
“We are very optimistic. We talk to the city. We’ve come up with a plan and we think it’s a good plan, and we’re told it’s a good plan, but the city wants to see the number of active cases in the city go down before we can get people to Soldier Field, so we’re hopeful, but we want to be cautious. We want to do the right thing. »