Roseman made a series of moves to get from No. 13 all the way up to No. 2 in the 2016 draft to nab Carson Wentz, then built his new franchise QB's supporting cast by signing a WR1 and trading for a CB1 and RB1 over the next year en route to the franchise's first Lombardi.
Belichick's Patriots have won two of the past three Super Bowls and clinched a spot in three of the past four with a slew of high-profile acquisitions of established plug-and-play vets: Darrelle Revis, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, to name just a few.
Elway pulled off one of the modern era's biggest free-agent signings in Peyton Manning and buttressed homegrown stalwarts on a Super Bowl-caliber 'D' with the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward.
Schneider and Pete Carroll gave up a first-rounder for Percy Harvin, who wasn't a hit like some of the others mentioned above but helped put the dagger in Denver with a monster Super Bowl XLVII.
We're not suggesting that Bears GM Ryan Pace's bold trade Saturday to acquire Khalil Mack means the Bears will win the Super Bowl. But we're stating unequivocally that he sent a pair of first-rounders, a third-rounder and a conditional fifth-rounder to Oakland in exchange for the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year (plus a second- and conditional fifth-rounder!) expecting nothing less than it helping return the Lombardi Trophy to Chicago for just the second time ever — and soon.
Perhaps we shoudn't be so surprised. With four full offseasons under his belt, in addition, albeit, to thee double-digit losing campaigns, Pace has built a reputation as one of the NFL's gutsier general managers. His legacy is still to be determined, but any lingering belief that the Bears are a cheap organization that's comfortable with complacency has been completely blown up by Pace's all-in approach that started almost immediately upon his arrival.
Let's review a few of Pace's bolder acquisitions: