The worst kept front office secret in the NFL was finally made public when the Chicago Bears announced that Tim Ruskell has been hired as the director of player personnel.
The Bears are creating a new position for Ruskell, a longtime associate and friend of general manager Jerry Angelo, after pro personnel director Bobby DePaul and college scouting director Greg Gabriel did not have their contracts renewed.
Angelo is entering his 10th season with the Bears and Ruskell is the first co-worker from the front office in Tampa Bay to join the organization. Ruskell resigned as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks in December when it became apparent that he would not be returning to that club.
The Seahawks went to Super Bowl XL in Ruskell’s first season in Seattle, but the roster slowly eroded and now the team is on its second coach in as many seasons with a new front office led by John Schneider. Ruskell and Angelo helped lay the groundwork for the Buccaneers Super Bowl championship following the 2002 season and a year later left for Atlanta where he spent one season in the front office.
Seattle won three NFC West crowns while Ruskell was there. The Falcons reached the NFC title game in Ruskell’s only season there. Ruskell began with the Bucs as a regional scout before serving as the club’s director of college scouting from 1992 to 2000. He was named the director of player personnel in 2001 following Angelo’s departure. The Bucs reached postseason play five times in his final seven years in Tampa but those were the only winning seasons in 17 years there.
It remains to be seen what other moves might lie ahead for the Bears and if there will be promotions made on the current staff.
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