The Atlanta Falcons made a somewhat surprising move adding former Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace to the Atlanta front office. Pace will serve as a senior personnel executive in an Atlanta front office that needs all the help it can get. Despite how his time with Chicago ended Pace did make some great moves during his time in Chicago.
If it didn’t involve the quarterback position Pace often his home runs when it came to his roster decisions. Bringing Pace in may appear an odd move at first glance, however, it is a wise move if you dig a bit deeper into the moves Pace has made throughout his career.
Pace helped acquire Adrian Amos, Tarik Cohen, Bilal Nichols, Cody Whitehair, Roquan Smith, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson, Allen Robinson, Akiem Hicks, and Danny Trevathan are a few of Ryan’s best moves.
The one thing that the Atlanta Falcons shouldn’t allow Ryan Pace to influence is the quarterback position
For every great move that Pace made there is the overwhelming fact that he absolutely whiffed at the quarterback position. This is the reason that having Pace in the room but not in charge is ideal. He is a talented member of your front office but not the guy you want to make every decision.
To illustrate this point it is important to remember that Pace looked at Nick Foles and Mike Glennon as answers at the quarterback positions. One might forgive Pace for whiffing on Foles he wouldn’t be the first, but is there anyone else that would have overpaid for Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback?
Add in the situations with Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, Mitch Trubisky, and Pace’s decision-making at the quarterback position is abysmal at best. Still, due to the value, he was able to find in free agency and the defense he created in Chicago he is a great addition to the Atlanta front office.
He is an experienced GM who has good relationships around the league that will benefit Atlanta. Pace is a great addition for a team that needs all the help they can get.