His job: transform one of the
The Bears hired Pace as general manager Thursday to replace the fired
At 37, Pace becomes the sixth GM in team history and the youngest in the league at the moment.
He spent 14 seasons with the
Pace will join a team coming off a miserable 5-11 season.
After years of turning to high-profile names —
The Redskins on Thursday evening confirmed the hiring of Scot McCloughan as general manager, an anticlimactic announcement after days of negotiations that had put a deal essentially in place by Wednesday afternoon.
The former Atlanta and Jacksonville offensive coordinator is joining the Bucs in the same capacity, the team announced Thursday.
Koetter, 55, was let go last month by the
The Bucs stumbled to a 2-14 finish, playing the entire regular season without former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who underwent a heart procedure in August and did not return to work any games.
Rodgers was limited to the team practice periods on Thursday. Coach
Rodgers missed two days of light practice last week, along with practice on Wednesday, to focus on treatment for the lingering calf injury.
He has already said that he intends to play in Sunday's playoff game against the
The list of nominees was reduced Thursday to 15 from the modern era, one senior and two contributors. A finalist must receive at least 80 percent of the votes from the 46-person selection committee to be elected.
The class of 2015 will be announced Jan. 31 in Phoenix during "NFL Honors," the TV show in which The Associated Press hands out its eight individual NFL awards. Inductions will be in August in Canton, Ohio.
The modern-day finalists are kicker Morten Andersen, running back