The Chicago Bears‘ 2015 season was pretty dreadful. Not only did the team go 6-10 and finish in last place in the NFC North standings, but defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff threatened to kill people and professed to be the devil.
It all started after Jeremiah Ratliff found out that the Bears planned to release him. Unlike normal veterans, Ratliff didn’t take the news well.
Jeremiah Ratliff was pissed at the Bears
On Oct. 21, 2015, Jeremiah Ratliff learned that the Bears planned to release him. He went to the practice facility to confront Chicago general manager Ryan Pace and was escorted out after things got heated.
According to the police report, Ratliff said he “felt like killing everybody in the building.” He left without incident but then later returned because he forgot his cell phone.
When Ratliff came back, things took a turn for the worse. Per the police report, a witness alleged that Ratliff said, “I am the devil,” and that he “wished staff member’s children would die.”
The Bears had an officer stand in front of the facility for the rest of the day if Jeremiah Ratliff returned, but he never did. It was a scary and weird day for the Chicago franchise.
The Bears released Jeremiah Ratliff the next day
As expected, the Bears released Jeremiah Ratliff the next day after his bizarre incident. In 18 games with Chicago, Ratliff recorded 8.0 sacks and 35 solo tackles.
Ratliff did not have a good 2015. He was suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season after pleading guilty to a DWI charge in April.
After the Bears released Ratliff, Ryan Pace said, “We felt moving forward without Jeremiah was in the best interest of our team. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well.”
Jeremiah Ratliff hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2015 season. In 122 games with the Dallas Cowboys and Bears, he registered 35.0 sacks and 195 solo tackles. Ratliff’s best years as a pro were with the Cowboys. He made four Pro Bowls.
Does this story mean Ryan Pace is the worst GM in the NFL?
The Bears hired Ryan Pace in 2015. The team is 42-54 under his watch and has gone through some troubling episodes.
Aside from the crazy Jeremiah Ratliff story, Pace drafted Mitchell Trubisky over Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft, signed Mike Glennon, Chase Daniel, and Andy Dalton, and traded for Nick Foles. He clearly has no idea how to evaluate the QB spot.
Pace also drafted Javon Wims, the wideout who punched New Orleans Saints defender Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and dropped a wide-open touchdown pass in the Bears’ Wild Card loss in the 2021 playoffs.
The Bears should have fired Ryan Pace a few years ago when it was evident that Mitchell Trubisky was a bust and Deshaun Watson was tearing up the NFL. Jeremiah Ratliff clearly had no love for Pace, that’s for certain.
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