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Prior to his run with the Bears, Kelly spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos. He held the title of Assistant Director of Pro Personnel with the organization while also serving as a scout and Assistant Coordinator of Pro and College Scouting at one point. It was during his time in Denver he had the opportunity to work with Jets head coach Adam Gase. - https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Champ-Kelly-Jets-GM-job-132058727/

One of the unsung heroes of the Chicago Bears and their rise from the ashes of the past five years is Champ Kelly. GM Ryan Pace brought him over from Denver in 2015 to become their Director of Pro Scouting. A job he excelled at, helping them to secure names like Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan in free agency. This work earned him a promotion in 2018 to Assistant Director of Player Personnel.

Since then the team has enjoyed arguably its two best offseasons in over a decade. Among their slew of acquisitions include Mitch Trubisky, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Roquan Smith, Anthony Miller, and Khalil Mack. Kelly played a prominent role in both the scouting and moves to secure all of those names. His importance to their success cannot be understated.

Chicago Bears connections to Jets run deep for Champ Kelly

Few coaches have a better understanding of who Kelly is than Adam Gase. The Jets’ new head coach had a relationship with him that began over a decade ago in Denver. Then the two of them both came to Chicago in 2015 and have seen their careers take off since. Gase earned his head coaching stripes after one season and Kelly was later promoted.

It would make perfect sense for the coach want somebody he knows and trusts for the GM position. Similar to what Bill Belichick has done with Nick Caserio and Jon Gruden did with Mike Mayock. Whether Kelly will want to take a position where he’s unlikely to have ultimate say in the roster composition? That’s impossible to predict.

Unfortunately, in these sort of situations, a man is almost guaranteed to garner attention from other NFL team. That appears to be the case as Kelly has emerged as a prominent name in the New York Jets’ search for a new general manager according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Still, given the lack of minority GMs in the league these days, it seems like it would be a hard offer to pass up. If that were to happen, it would be a tough loss for the Bears.

 

Heart Power Inc - 

https://heartpowerinc.org/

Anthony “Champ” Kelly, President

Anthony “Champ” Kelly serves as President of the Board of Directors of Heart Power, Inc. Champ just completed his first season as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Chicago Bears. In his current position, Champ is responsible for the evaluation and acquisition of free agents, in addition to advance scouting and compiling research for the club. Champ began his NFL personnel experience with the Denver Broncos where he served in both the college and pro departments. He spent his last five seasons as the club’s Assistant Director of Pro Personnel. Champ was hired by the Broncos after working as the general manager and wide receivers coach for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football during their 2007 campaign. Champ previously worked for IBM, and is proficient in computer programming and software development. Champ is a graduate from the University of Kentucky, where he received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and his Masters Degree in Business Administration. Champ is married to Stephanie and they have three beautiful daughters, Claire Alaina, Chloe Grace, and Caroline Elise.

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6 minutes ago, flgreen said:

It's going to be Kelly

I could get behind that. 

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Kelly is the rooney rule candidate... It's Joe Douglas for sure... Isn't that obvious... Dj is going to be the asst gm

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2 minutes ago, Skeptable said:

Kelly is the rooney rule candidate... It's Joe Douglas for sure... Isn't that obvious... Dj is going to be the asst gm

Thought that was for HC's?

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1 minute ago, Apache 51 said:

Thought that was for HC's?

No I am pretty sure it's gms as well...

Adopted in 2003, the Rooney Rule is an NFL policy requiring every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one or more diverse candidates. In 2009, the Rooney Rule was expanded to include general manager jobs and equivalent front office positions. The Rooney Rule is named after the late former Pittsburgh Steelers owner and chairman of the league's diversity committee, Dan Rooney.

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000999110/article/nfl-expands-rooney-rule-requirements-to-strengthen-diversity

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2 minutes ago, Apache 51 said:

Thought that was for HC's?

Someone posted in one of the other threads that the rule was expanded in 2009 to include executive/front office positions. I wasn't aware either.

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imo, they need to have a gm.  there isn't any set rule as to the gm having say over the coach or the coach over the gm but the hc job is too intense to do both tasks.  at least not until gase actually sees how this team plays for him.

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8 minutes ago, Skeptable said:

No I am pretty sure it's gms as well...

Adopted in 2003, the Rooney Rule is an NFL policy requiring every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one or more diverse candidates. In 2009, the Rooney Rule was expanded to include general manager jobs and equivalent front office positions. The Rooney Rule is named after the late former Pittsburgh Steelers owner and chairman of the league's diversity committee, Dan Rooney.

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000999110/article/nfl-expands-rooney-rule-requirements-to-strengthen-diversity

I see. Thanks

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18 minutes ago, Skeptable said:

Kelly is the rooney rule candidate... It's Joe Douglas for sure... Isn't that obvious... Dj is going to be the asst gm

Isn’t he under contract?

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2 minutes ago, New York Mick said:

Isn’t he under contract?

They both are... But they can move on if they get a promotion. 

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:09 PM, TheGoose said:

I could get behind that. 

Gay

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:14 PM, Skeptable said:

Kelly is the rooney rule candidate... It's Joe Douglas for sure... Isn't that obvious... Dj is going to be the asst gm

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If he had any say in the Bears trading up 1 spot for Trubisky, I don't want anything to do with him

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I would be happy with either.  Both respected evaluators and both have working experience with Gase.

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1 minute ago, Joejet said:

I would be happy with either.  Both respected evaluators and both have working experience with Gase.

This is the proper response to either candidate at this point

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43 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

Gay

Only if there’s eye contact.

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30 minutes ago, CTJetsFan said:

If he had any say in the Bears trading up 1 spot for Trubisky, I don't want anything to do with him

Why is that?

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32 minutes ago, CTJetsFan said:

If he had any say in the Bears trading up 1 spot for Trubisky, I don't want anything to do with him

They drafted Eddie Jackson in the fourth round and we drafted a slower, significantly suckier, less classy, louder, possibly mentally handicapped Eddie Jackson, but if Eddie Jackson had a stroke, with the sixth overall pick in the same draft class. 

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8 minutes ago, jetstream23 said:

Why is that?

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I thought that was a pretty dumb trade given what they gave up for 1 spot  and who the player was they moved up for. No one was jumping ahead of them for Trubisky

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What does Peyton Manning have to say about all of this?

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A couple of other notes on Champ Kelly

- Before entering the NFL, Kelly was a certified NFL contract advisor and GM/WR Coach for a UIF team.

- Not football related, but he was a software engineer with IBM. CJ is looking for somebody different. Well get an engineer and see what happens.

 

He doesn’t have the extensive scouting background Joe Douglas has but he has experience with NFL contracts as well as being a GM for a minor league team. 

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16 minutes ago, TheGoose said:

Only if there’s eye contact.

What a relief, this changes everything about my weekend planning.

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:14 PM, Skeptable said:

Kelly is the rooney rule candidate... It's Joe Douglas for sure... Isn't that obvious... Dj is going to be the asst gm

Nothing is obvious

unless you mean obvious in the way that McCarthy was the HC for us.

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Anyone with the name Champ I would just hire.  Who cares about his resume!

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6 hours ago, CTJetsFan said:

If he had any say in the Bears trading up 1 spot for Trubisky, I don't want anything to do with him

Or the Mack trade for me. They don't have a first next year from that one.  Boooooooo! 

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6 hours ago, jetstream23 said:

Why is that?

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This is why.  One spot. 

The Chicago Bears traded up one spot in the draft with the San Francisco 49ers to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Chicago dealt the No. 3 pick, their third round pick (No. 67), one of their fourth round picks (No. 111) and a 2018 third-round pick to move up and take Trubisky,

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6 hours ago, GreenFish said:

A couple of other notes on Champ Kelly

- Before entering the NFL, Kelly was a certified NFL contract advisor and GM/WR Coach for a UIF team.

- Not football related, but he was a software engineer with IBM. CJ is looking for somebody different. Well get an engineer and see what happens.

 

He doesn’t have the extensive scouting background Joe Douglas has but he has experience with NFL contracts as well as being a GM for a minor league team. 

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I really hope its Douglas. So my luck its the crappy Champ guy I never heard of. That's the most Jet like luck for me.

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13 minutes ago, TNJet said:

I really hope its Douglas. So my luck its the crappy Champ guy I never heard of. That's the most Jet like luck for me.

Champ is not crappy.  If we somehow totally luck assbackwards into landing either one its a huge win for the Jets.

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Just now, JETSfaninNE said:

Champ is not crappy.  If we somehow totally luck assbackwards into landing either one its a huge win for the Jets.

Yes he is.

Anyone who wasnt mentioned as the leading candidate in one of the NY rags is

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2 hours ago, GREENBEAN said:

This is why.  One spot. 

The Chicago Bears traded up one spot in the draft with the San Francisco 49ers to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Chicago dealt the No. 3 pick, their third round pick (No. 67), one of their fourth round picks (No. 111) and a 2018 third-round pick to move up and take Trubisky,

Franchise QBs don’t come cheap. 

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