The Chicago Bears have contacted at least 15 general managers and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they move through the process, we review each of the leads.
Eliot Wolf will interview for general manager on Tuesday, according to NFL Network.
Title: Senior Consultant for the New England Patriots
Wolf joined the Patriots in 2020, having spent the previous two seasons as the Cleveland Browns assistant general manager under John Dorsey. Prior to that, he was with the Green Bay Packers for 14 seasons, starting as a professional personal assistant in 2004 and then working his way up the team’s front office ranks. During his final years at Green Bay, Wolf served as Director of Professional Personnel (2012-2015), Director of Player Personnel (2015-2016) and Director of Football Operations for his final two seasons. He interviewed for the Packers GM job in 2018, but Brian Gutekunst got the job.
Wolf’s father is Ron Wolf, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who served as the Packers’ general manager for 10 seasons from 1991 to 2000. Under Ron’s leadership, the Packers had a run in which they qualified for the playoffs for six consecutive seasons from 1993 to 1998. The team won Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots after the 1996 season and returned to that stage a year later, losing to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. Eliot was in high school at the time.
In many league circles, there is optimism that Wolf would be able to muster top-level personnel within the front office. He is well-liked and has developed strong relationships across the league. His relationship with Alonzo Highsmith, currently senior executive adviser to Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, is remarkable. Highsmith presents himself as a candidate the Bears should have on their interview list for the role of general manager. Wolf could also become a valuable piece in a right-hand man role.
“We have a great relationship. I really like the person, and the scout is excellent. I told him. I really want him here. But I also know he has other opportunities, and I wouldn’t stop him because I care about him. … Eliot is going to be a general manager soon, whether he stays here and then becomes a general manager or he goes somewhere else and becomes a general manager. — Brian Gutekunst, general manager of the Packers, after being hired in the role four years ago
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