The Chicago Bears once offered former lineman Olin Kreutz just over minimum wage to help consult with coaches.
The dysfunction remaining in the front office of the Chicago Bears is under a massive microscope as we approach the end of another disappointing season. It is almost a certainty head coach Matt Nagy will be fired on Monday, but beyond that is anyone’s guess. There is a heavy rumor that despite a sub .500 record and three failed coaching hires, general manager Ryan Pace could be promoted to a role as president of football operations rather than being fired because of his close relationship with ownership.
Beyond who is staying and who is going, the Bears continue to put out a vibe of disconnect and disbelief in what the state of the franchise is and has been for quite some time now. Even back in 2018, when former Bears offensive lineman and current local analyst for the team Olin Kreutz was approached to help consult with the then offensive line coach Harry Heistand, Chicago blew it.
Bears offered Olin Kreutz minimum wage to consult
Kreutz is a beloved former Bear and figure in the city of Chicago and bleeds orange and blue. He joined Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel, as he often does, on 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel Show and shared with them how he was once offered about minimum wage to consult with the Bears at the OL position.
In other words, the Chicago Bears, who are worth over $4 billion, offered a former captain and player on the ’06-’07 NFC Championship team a part-time minimum wage job like you would for a high schooler working retail for the three to four hours after class. Parkins mentioned later that he pays his nanny $23 an hour, in comparison.
The Bears have so much to clean up, and it goes well beyond the product on the field. If changes are to come in Chicago, changes at head coach and general manager need to be the tip of the iceberg. Bears fans will tell you, however, that’s easier said than done.