The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager and 11 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.
Morocco Brown interviewed for the general manager position Monday, the team announced.
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Title: Indianapolis Colts director of college scouting
GM Chris Ballard hired Brown in 2017 to run the college scouting side of things for the Colts. Before that, he was the vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015.
Brown worked as director of pro personnel in Washington from 2008-13 after a seven-year run with the Bears as assistant director of pro personnel (2001-07). He broke into the NFL in 2000 with an entry-level scouting position in Washington. A four-year letterman as a linebacker at North Carolina State, he was a captain for the Wolfpack as a senior and led the team in tackles for three straight seasons from 1995-97. Brown was briefly with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Atlanta Falcons interviewed him for their GM job last year.
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Brown has a diverse scouting background with experience on both the pro and college sides. He has been heavily involved with some very successful drafts in Indianapolis. The Colts got linebacker Darius Leonard (2018), wide receiver Michael Pittman (2020) and running back Jonathan Taylor (2020) in the second round. As an assistant pro personnel director with the Bears, he played a role in the addition of a handful of offensive linemen who helped propel the team to Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 season.
Brown was one of the first hires GM Jerry Angelo made after arriving in 2001. After seven years at Halas Hall, he surely has relationships with many key figures who remain in the organization with an idea of how the building works.
The Colts have drafted well in recent years, bringing attention to Brown. With a reputation for working well with others, Brown could be poised for a shot at a GM role in this cycle.
What’s been said
“Morocco knew players, and that’s not an easy task,” Angelo told The Athletic. “It’s like instinct. There are people who work their tails off and they write what they see. But they can only write what they see. Because our business is a projection business, you have to project what (players) are going to be for you. And that takes instincts.”
Angelo said scouts belong in two categories — information gatherers and evaluators — and said Brown falls into the latter.