The Bears trading up to the No. 2 pick from the No. 3 pick to select Mitchell Trubisky surprised a lot of people, and it was a surprise to Chicago's coaching staff as well.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Friday on "NFL Insiders" that general manager Ryan Pace and chairman George McCaskey knew they wanted the North Carolina quarterback, but didn't tell coach John Fox until about an hour before the selection was made.
You would think a decision like this would involve input from the coaches, but Chicago's front office was operating by itself. Perhaps they don't feel too confident in Fox's future with the franchise considering this is a move that will affect the team for several years.
As for Pace and McCaskey, they clearly saw a guy they wanted, and they took drastic measures to make sure they got him. In addition to the major trade, they set smokescreens, as Mortensen noted, with reports just the day before that they were looking to trade down.
While the front office is happy with the selection, the coaches probably wish they were more involved in the decision-making process.
UPDATE: Mortensen clarified his story in a post on ESPN.com a few hours after making his initial comments on TV. While he maintains that Fox wasn't informed about the pick until an hour before the decision, he says the coach was "heavily involved" in the process.
Pace had a necessary seal of secrecy within his own organization because at least two teams, including the Cleveland Browns, had discussed potential trades within the top of the draft to select Trubisky. But Fox, as head coach, was indeed involved and well aware of the options, including the one that led to Pace's decision to swap the No. 3 slot for the 49ers' No. 2 slot and subsequently land Trubisky.