I’ve been in Chicago for 21 years. I came here in June of 2001 to work for Chicago Bears He served as Director of Scouting under General Manager Jerry Angelo. During that time, she also worked closely with Team Leader and CEO Ted Phillips. In all my time in Chicago, I’ve never seen anyone get slandered like Ted, and I’ve always wondered why?
Ted is not only an outstanding president and CEO of the Bears, but he’s also a very good person. He’s gotten notoriety from the media and fans when the truth is that very few people know what Ted Phillips does.
Many think that the Bears football team is the main responsibility of Phillips when in fact football is a small part of it. As a leading NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears are a multibillion dollar enterprise.
When Ted Phillips took over as team president in 1999, the Chicago Bears’ fortune was just under $400 million. Today, according to Forbes, the bears are worth about $5.8 billion. A lot of that has to do with Phillips’ work.
As President and CEO of Beers, Ted Phillips oversees the entire organization. This includes the football team and all businesses, sponsorships, sales and charities. It was Ted Phillips who led the way in rebuilding Soldier Field. This was no easy task because the city of Chicago insisted that the old Soldier Field be included in the new stadium. Working with then-mayor Richard Daly and other Chicago politicians was a difficult task, yet Phillips was able to complete the project.
While the city owns the stadium, it is Phillips who makes sure that the stadium consistently meets NFL standards.
It was recently announced that the Chicago Bears have offered to purchase the former Arlington Park racetrack in the suburbs of Arlington Heights, where they intend to build a new state-of-the-art stadium and entertainment complex on 326 acres. When this project is complete, it will make the Chicago Bears one of the richest clubs in the entire National Football League, if not the wealthiest. Once again, Phillips was the visionary and saw the value of this profitable venture.
When I came here in 2001, Halas Hall, the main facility for the Bears, was already too small for the ever-growing size of the institution. Under Phillips’ leadership, Hallas Hall has undergone two separate expansions and is now considered one of the best team facilities in the National Football League.
Many fans want to blame Phillips for Chicago’s dismal show on the football field in recent years. The Beers family have not been consistent competitors since Jerry Angelou served as general manager from 2001 until 2010. It was Phillips who hired Angelou when many felt that the frontrunner was Tom Modrac, who was the general manager of the Beers company. Philadelphia Eagles.
Angelou had a vision of how to get the Bears back on their winning ways, and he successfully got the Bears into the playoffs four times and won a match. NFC Championship In 2006, Phillips bought those ideas. After Angelou’s reign, Phillips hired Phil Emery to replace Angelo, which turned out to be a disaster. Emery didn’t last long, and when it came time to appoint another general manager, he hired former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi to oversee the research. Accorsi came up with a recommendation from the league and was involved in several other GM searches, including Atlanta FalconsHiring Thomas Dimitrov. It was Accorsi who recommended to both the Phillips and the McCaskey family that they appoint Ryan Pace as general manager and John Fox as head coach. When those appointments were made, it was seen as a home ride for the Bears, although it didn’t quite go that way.
When Fox was abandoned after three seasons, it was Pace, Phillips, and Bears boss George McCaskey who decided to appoint Chiefs Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as head coach. After their first season, this also seemed like a great rental, but things fell apart quickly in the following seasons. Once the 2021 season was completed, Phillips rejected Nagy and Paes.
To ensure that the following appointments would put the Bears back in the lead, Phillips brought in Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian to oversee the search. It was Polian who recommended new general manager Ryan Poles to both Phillips and McCaskey’s. Time will tell if this hiring and appointment of Matt Ebervloss as head coach will bring the win back to Chicago. With the new season starting in five days, the staff looks excellent.
While some of the earlier appointments that mistook Phillips have been, his dealings with the Bears organization as a whole have been successful.
One of the things I know firsthand about Ted is that he allows his managers to treat their departments as they see fit. The general manager oversees football operations and, despite false public sentiment, does not interfere with their decisions. He meets his managers, allows them to sell their vision, and gives them the blessing to do as they see fit. At the same time, he holds them accountable for what that vision is.
At no point during my time with the Bears did Phillips stop us from doing what we felt was best for the organization. He understands that he is not a “footballer” and lets football fans do their job.
What I know about Ted Phillips is that he is a very smart, intelligent businessman with exceptional instincts. He knows the Chicago market and has done many things to keep the Bears as a very valuable franchise.
Last week, it was announced that Phillips will retire as President and CEO of Beers next February. While he can remain as a consultant to oversee the new stadium project, it will be difficult to fill his shoes. As I see it, if bears stay home for this position, the most deserving and desirable candidate is the Bears General Council, Cliff Stein. Stein has been with the club for 20 years and has worked closely with Phillips on numerous Beers projects over the years.
Despite the general narrative, Ted Phillips was an excellent leader for the Bears. Yes, he did make some mistakes, but his job overall performance was great based on the job description.