Chicago Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long declined Wednesday to indicate a preference among the team’s candidates for the general manager position, but expressed admiration for Kansas City Chiefs player personnel director Chris Ballard’s hair.
“I don’t have a preference, but I saw a picture of the gentleman they were looking for from the Chiefs, who they had in for the general manager position; I think interviewed from what I read on Twitter,” Long said during the "Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN 1000. “From one of the pictures, the dude has a great head of hair. I’m talking tremendous flow, would give [quarterback Jay] Cutler a run for his money if he came to town.”
Ballard interviewed at Halas Hall on Wednesday, and is considered the favorite to win the club’s GM job over other candidates such as Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Houston Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine, who also interviewed for the opening.
Long admitted he’s “refreshing my Twitter feed as much as you guys are” to find news about the team’s GM and coach search, but said he doesn’t have a preference among the candidates.
“I’m really interested to see what they’re actually doing. As a young player on this team, I’m interested to see who I’m going to be working for, their body of work,” Long said. “So I’m excited about the fresh start ahead and the decisions that are gonna be made.”
Asked whether he preferred a run- or pass-oriented head coach to replace recently fired Marc Trestman, Long said he’d like the club to employ a balanced attack.
“How about a balanced coach because we have one of the best running backs in the league, some of the best receivers in the league, and one of the most talented guys under center,” Long said, “and I’d like to say a pretty darn good O-line.”