This week came with an onslaught of interview requests reported by the Bears to teams across the league with qualified candidates.
And the latest comes from the NFL’s standard bearer for enduring success:
Bears have requested permission to interview Steelers vice president Omar Khan for their general manager job, according to the league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2022
Sorry, I couldn’t help it. But you understand, right?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bears have requested an interview with Omar Khan, 44, the Steelers’ vice president of football and business administration. It might be a fancy title, but it’s one that piques my interest. And of course, that of the Bears too.
Khan has been with the Steelers since 2001 and has come a long way. He spent 10 years as Football Administration Coordinator before being promoted to Director of Football Administration in 2011. Khan held this position until 2016 when he achieved another promotion, this time becoming Vice President of Football and Business Administration. And to think that journey began with him working for the Saints from 1997 to 2001 in the football operations department. Getting to the point where you’re a contender for the Bears’ No. 1 spot at 44 is a sign of a meteoric rise.
I’m treading soft on Khan’s potential role because his resume doesn’t exactly indicate he’s a traditional general manager. Khan has a reputation for handling Pittsburgh’s ceiling situation with considerable care. Considering what former general manager Ryan Pace did in the end to limit Chicago’s cap growth over the next few years, talking to Khan seems like a good place to start if your team wants to move away from mistakes. of the previous regime. And while Khan isn’t necessarily a player personnel guru, maybe bringing him in to discuss creating a front office that combines a traditional general manager who handles player personnel things and someone who manages the ceiling might be something on the horizon. Or maybe I’m just convincing myself. Either way, Khan is an interesting candidate worth exploring further.