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Reacting to Matt Nagy’s Introductory Press Conference

| January 9th, 2018

The Chicago Bears formally introduced new head coach Matt Nagy today. Here are some thoughts on the press conference.

  • News: Nagy and Pace have not reached an agreement with a defensive coordinator or any other members of the staff. That will come in the next few days.
  • What occurred to me was the Bears now have a first-year head coach, second-year quarterback and 40 year-old GM responsible for putting it all together. I can’t remember another time where the three most crucial roles in this organization were operating as one. Were they ever? This is an exciting time to be a Bears fan. Sure, it might not work out. But it also might. And working out means competing for division titles every season.
  • “This is about more than the quarterback” was one of the first phrases out of Ryan Pace’s mouth and his only “football” comment made in the introductory remarks.
  • The Bears interviewed six candidates. One of them got four and a half hours and a dinner. The other five decidedly did not. Nagy was the target.


  • Nagy is a confident speaker. It is always interesting to see how these young coaches hold up in front of the media for the first time and Nagy seemed like a natural. This bodes well for a man who’ll have to address 53 giant lunatics every week.
  • Someone named “Larry Wisdom” got mentioned. I need to know more about him.

  • Nagy got choked up addressing his wife and four sons, especially on the “this is why we do it” line. A truly human moment. But it was wild how quickly he transitioned into questions. All business.
  • Bears offered to delay Nagy’s interview, paying respect to the Saturday loss. He moved it up.
  • Frankly, I expected a bore. I expected a Frazier or Childress or one of those Reid drones we’ve seen a million times. This guy is fiery. He’s funny. This personality will play in Chicago. This is the first coach personality I’ve liked in town since Mike Ditka. (That really isn’t saying much if you look at what followed. Dick Jauron wasn’t exactly Alan King.)
  • Nagy FINALLY calls out the nonsense of 4-3/3-4, pointing out that 60% of the game is played in sub-defense. Why this “scheme” question never stops is beyond me.
  • Nagy spent six hours with Mitch pre-draft and lit up when talking about him. That relationship is the key to the future of the Bears and Nagy is transparently excited about the prospect.
  • “I love him to death but whoo!” -Nagy’s response to being called the best coaching candidate Andy Reid’s ever had.
  • Nagy took responsibility for every single play-call in the second half against the Titans. Am I buying that? No. But he’s taking a hit for his friend and mentor and that’s respectable.
  • Nagy will be aggressive. But he’ll be calculated. Nagy in both personality and football spirit is the anti-Fox.

Great opening press conference. Now…go win some games, Matt.

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  • Larry Wisdom is a Chicago area real estate guy who Nagy used to work for.

    • John F

      He let Nagy take three weeks off to be a temporary assistant for the Eagles one training camp and basically gave him a good real estate sales job when Nagy was wavering whether he was gonna give up football once and for all. Nagy is close to him because he gave him a chance when he needed it and I think Nagy feels like he let Wisdom down by choosing football as a career instead of his real estate company.

    • CanadaBear

      You’re all over that like a dirty shirt.

    • Also trained padawaans and defeated Darth Ignorance in combat.

  • willbest

    And the Jeff love affair with Bears current HC officially kicks off.

    “Nagy FINALLY calls out the nonsense”

    Vic and Fox did that in 2015 when people were asking them about the transition to 3-4 in the first place.

    • BerwynBomber

      Balloon meet needle.

      Ah well, I’m optimistic about Nagy …

  • Bear Instincts

    “Nagy FINALLY calls out the nonsense of 4-3/3-4, pointing out that 60% of
    the game is played in sub-defense. Why this “scheme” question never
    stops is beyond me.”

    Fangio has said as much previously. Maybe this is why he is going to interviews. He know he can be replaced since the scheme is not the end all be all

    • EnderWiggin

      I think this is why Vic goes to the highest bidder.

    • I’ve said as much too. It always depends on what TYPE of 3-4/4-3

      As I said, Fangio’s scheme, while 3-4, easily converts to a 4-3 over/under when McPhee puts his hand on the dirt.

      HOWEVER, if we do move to a 4-3, Floyd is NOT a DE.

      And making him a Sam or Will seems like a colossal waste.

      The rest can more or less be moved around like I already illustrated ad nauseaum

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        seems like you have been on a ‘I told you so’ streak lately.

        • I told you I told you so.

          But I have already covered the 4-3/3-4 scheme.

          In short, pretty much everyone except Floyd could play a 4-3, and you don’t draft a Wil/Sam in the top 10.

          However, if it’s a cover-2 4-3, a D as we all know that emphasizes speed over size, then Goldman and Hicks won’t be perfect fits either, though I still think they’re good enough to make it work.

          If it’s more of a hybrid 4-3, then they should be fine (though I still don’t know where Floyd fits as an everydown LB there)

        • CanadaBear

          Lots of horn tooting. Esp over shit where everybody was saying the same thing.

      • Irish Sweetness

        So Floyd goes to OLB in a 4-3 … which he already is. The scheme thing is over-rated, it’s football.

        Just get rid of Fanny-O.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Internet ablazed with Nagy giving Trubisky a full body scan in the workout room, hehe.

    Trubisky hitting the iron so soon after season ends? Glad to see good work ethics out of him!

  • chitownproud85

    “This is an exciting time to be a Bears fan. Sure, it might not work out. But it also might. And working out means competing for division titles every season.”

    Bears fan autopilot – every 3-4 years, we enter an “Exciting time to be a Bears fan” lollllll. New toys are always exciting, but I wouldnt mind if we got a few quality things under the tree this year and could have them stick around for a bit. Talk to me again a year from now.

  • SC Dave

    When there is a link to the presser, I’d appreciate knowing about it so I can go watch.

    Thanks!

    • beninnorcal

      I watched it live on the Bears youtube channel. I bet you could watch the replay there too.

    • CanadaBear

      Here ya go.

      • SC Dave

        Thank you!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Dick Jauron wasn’t exactly Alan King.”

    He was barely Dick Jauron.

    • CanadaBear

      And let’s be honest, Alan King was not funny.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I dunno, I found this entertaining…

        • CanadaBear

          Different strokes. I used to see him all the time as a kid and never got it. Same with Jackie Mason and a few others.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That’s the way it is with a lot of MOVIES for me.

            BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, HOMBRE.

            When I first saw them I wasn’t old enough to appreciate them.

          • CanadaBear

            Great movies. I saw Bridge at the drive in with the family. That was cool on the really big screen. Always really liked Newman and Richard Boone (Palidan). My favorite line “How you gonna get back down that hill?”

          • AlbertInTucson

            I had to mature mightily to appreciate the psychological warfare going on in BRIDGE…

            Sessue Hayakawa (Saito) breaking down in tears after Nicholson (Alec Guinness)
            agrees to help build the bridge is priceless.

            So many great lines in HOMBRE.

            Loved Frank Silvera as “The Mex” : “HEY! HOMBRE! My compleements on jor CHOOTING! Joo have put a HOLE in mee! Eh, I not have had bellyache like dis since I’m a leetle BOY! I am going to geeve you bock dis boolet.”

            Grimes (Richard Boone): “Mister, you got a lotta HARD bark on you, walkin’ down here like this. Now I OWE you. You put TWO HOLES in me.”

            Grimes (when he realizes Russell/Paul Newman, did NOT bring the money down): “Wellll, now. Whaddya you figure HELL is gonna look like?”

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  • Bear Instincts
    • beninnorcal

      Well, in fairness, we have been terrible for quite some time.

    • ButtonShoes

      And deserve none. You have to earn respect and they haven’t for decades.

  • BerwynBomber
    • EnderWiggin

      Good for him. I hope he does good. Unlike Trestman, who could be the only human alive I’d want to bitch-slap.

    • Fisher is available for DC too.

      • EnderWiggin

        That is actually an interesting idea. Then again, I’m a sucker for ex Bears.

        • The one ex bear I would want is Samurai Mike, but only as a LBs coach.

          You gonna quit on the team in Dec with Samurai around? Good fucking luck.

          • CanadaBear

            After dropping trou at halftime, I wouldn’t hire him.

          • I think I would’ve liked him with Fox. LB coaches are supposed to be a little fiery anyways, like drill sergeants. Would’ve balanced out Fox’s corpse.

            But on a 1st time young hc staff, maybe a bit too much.
            But just feel like someone on the Bears needs some fire esp since McPhee is likely gone.

            Who’s gonna step up into that role?

            Every team needs a maniac – an animal mother.

          • CanadaBear

            There’s lots of young LB coaches that fit that description. Hope Nagy can put together a good staff. That’s a clear benefit to ending the search quickly. The Bears were on the wrong side of that with Lovie and Nessman. Both guys were hired long after the others and pickings were slim.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Affirmative. Singletary is a safe pick for DC.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, but Fish has been out for over a year.

        I’m surprised Fox is jumping right back in, though maybe age necessitates it.

    • willbest

      Guy is worth like $50 million dollars, is going to make $5 million to sit on his ass this year and still wants to work. Why.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        if he works I am pretty sure we pay him less.

    • ButtonShoes

      And I hope he stays available. Fuck John Fox.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I forgot the Chiefs were one of the teams that wanted Trubs even held a private workout before the draft. Makes sense that Nagy jumped at chance to be HC.

    • “In addition to his duties as a coach, Trestman works during the offseason to prepare college quarterbacks for the NFL draft. Trestman worked with Jay Cutler and Bears backup Jason Campbell before their respective drafts.Cutler was ecstatic Wednesday that Trestman will be his new coach. Cutler said that working with him before the draft, “you could just tell how
      knowledgeable he was about the quarterback position and offense in general,”

      http://www.espn.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8848801/chicago-bears-hire-marc-trestman-former-cfl-coach-year-montreal-alouettes

      Let’s hope it ends differently…

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        different situations. Cutty was older and set in his ways. MT young and dumb perfect for molding.

        • CanadaBear

          Cutler was an old dog when he was a kid. Hasn’t learned any new tricks in a loooooooooooooooong time

          • A7Xthebest

            He went from Shanny to Lovie, of course he felt intellectually superior.

    • One Brown Bear

      Let’s not forget the Chiefs were high on Chicken Dinner as well as Phil Emery’s employer when the Bears hired him. Oh the irony of it all.

      • willbest

        CD is on IR, but he is also on his way to a consecutive super bowl ring.

  • willbest
    • John F

      Why is Australia ahead of us in this important area? Just another example of how far our country has fallen in terms of scientific achievement.

  • One Brown Bear

    Serious question… does Fox get axed if he starts Trubs in week 1?

    • BerwynBomber

      Yes

    • If Fox started Rodgers game 1, he’d have still won 3 games and been terminated.

      • One Brown Bear

        Lol.

      • Bear Instincts

        Savage

    • willbest

      Does he change his R-R, P Punt strat?

      • One Brown Bear

        The Bears truly had to have had some real mental midgets on the teamarket for Fox to run the team the way he did. I can’t envision a coaching staff being that bad otherwise.

        • Bear Instincts

          That is so true. I’m amazed that no one ever once told Fox that the r-r-r-p was not working. For that reason alone the entire offensive staff needs to go. Its also reflects poorly on Pace for letting his Franchise QB waste away like that. Thank Papa Bear MT10 did not suffer any injuries

        • CanadaBear

          The thing is he has some well regarded coaches on the staff, just not on offense. Thrilled Nathan Lane jumped ship.

    • Bear Instincts

      Yes

    • CanadaBear

      Depends how it turned out. If he was hideously over matched in those first few games and got shell shocked, Foxy might not have made the end of the season. Who knows? Just glad he’s gone. Nothing personal, he seems like a great guy away from the media, but he was checked out. I watched the presser on YT and all I could think was man this guy has said more in 5 minutes than Foxy did in 3 years. Not saying Nagy is the man but he’s a breath of fresh air. Who knows how long that will last considering the Chicago media.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Repeating myself but, all else aside, the end of the SF game was insulting and sealed his fate for me.

      • SC Dave

        If your original scenario was true, I’m certain Jeff, et al, would have blamed Fix, and not the QB with fucking 13 games of minor league football.

  • willbest

    Connor Shaw heads to Furman University to be a TE coach there.

    • BerwynBomber

      How the F did you find that out? LOL ..

      • willbest

        You don’t follow him on twitter?

        • SC Dave

          Winner post, will.

    • SC Dave

      Back in Carolina…

  • Butch’s reax to Naggy intro

    Phew

    First thought. HUMAN.

    Not a zombie like Fox, not a peeping tom like Trestman, not a tech support manual like Pace.

    A normal ass fucking guy who seems affable, intelligent and focused.

    Naggy answered the questions with gusto, making jokes, while not spewing the usual trite coach speak. Sure there was some of it, but it wasn’t like he was reading the Tom Brady script.

    He also was detailed.

    When asked about the Chiefs loss, he completely owned it ‘I made every call in the 2nd half…It was my mistake, but I’m going to learn from it’

    That’s the sort of leadership you want in an HC which should trickle down.

    Naggy also looked a bit choked up when he turned to his family and told them they’re the reason for it all. Thought that was awesome, esp since he regained his composure and fielded more questions.

    I also found it insightful when he was talking about Alex Smith and Mahomes.

    Naggy seems to have learned a lot from Smith, almost like his Sanchize, and it seems mutual.

    Liked that he said it was diff with Mahomes cuz, uh, it SHOULD be for a rook QB with no mechanics and little experience.

    I don’t know if all this will transfer over, but I’m definitely pulling for him.

    Also, this is the first Bears HC who is my age.

    A little surreal. I feel like I should be playing softball with him or something lol

    Any old timers wanna say the first Bears HC who was their age when they took over?

    Anyhow, all in all – thumbs up.

    Now get to work, assholes. Tired of cheering for my FF team in Dec more than the Bears.

    • CanadaBear

      Fucking Wanny!

      • Was it Wanny for you? Did you have the stache too, Canada?

        Imagine with your height you’d look like Mario Bros!

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve had a stache or beard most of my life. Stache from early 20’s to mid 40’s with a beard in the winter. Beard in retirement. Almost everybody had a stache at one time in the 70’s

          • AlbertInTucson

            Grew a stache because, at the time, without it I didn’t look old enough to drive.

            Grew a beard after the wife mused “I wonder how one would look on you?”.

            Kept it (close cropped) until it started to go white. “Salt & Pepper” was OK but once the “salt” began to dominate. The whiter it got, the older I looked so, it was “Adios, Barba!”.

          • CanadaBear

            My Beloved Bride keeps mine short. It’s mostly white but I hate shaving. My Honey Bunny has dropped some hints about going clean shaven but I’m politely ignoring them. If she asks, of course I will.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I heard that complaint, as well.

            The white hairs ARE scratchier.

            That was another reason I sheared it.

            I never missed having to shave daily.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Can’t keep my whiskers. The women in my life don’t like those scratchy whiskers and I likes my smooches.

    • CanadaBear

      As to the rest of your post, pretty much the same for me. It will be interesting to see if he keeps any of the rest of the coaches. They are still under contract for another year. I’m guessing Donatell stays, hope Fangio does but I won’t cry over it. I hope to god the ST’s coach gets launched.

  • Speaking of interesting bald men, I found Joe Rogan’s interview of Chi native Billy Corgan fascinating.

    They cover a lot of ground. From Dick the Bruiser, to seeing someone shape shift, to the Chi murder rate and the old Mafia, to Kurt Kobain’s “suicide” and everything else in between.

    His dad for instance, was a drug dealing guitar player who was shot like 8 times.

    What I found most interesting is his reflection on himself as an artist and person.

    He really digs into the psyche of a young rock star unflinchingly, and how the music industry preys on even Rock Gods, and how that destroys them.

    Joe Rogan as always offers his schtick , but if you have an hour to kill, I STRONGLY suggest it, esp if you want a behind the scenes into the 90s or music industry in general or are the artistic type.

    • CanadaBear

      Rogan’s whatever but that sounds interesting. The music industry really fucked themselves and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. They have been fucking over artists forever. Although at least back in the day the big labels would actually take chances and not make everyone conform to the lowest common denominator. They were still vultures. If not for Columbia, I would never have known my favorite hippie band from back then.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Gv83I_v_Q

      • I think you would love that interview, Canada.

        He really goes into the music industry and how he had to buy his dad’s 1964 flying bee guitar which he promised him cuz his dad prolly needed $ for drugs.

        He also delves into how they lost power through napster and I think MTV, if remember correctly.

        You should def check it out.

        The other doc which I like was the one on George Michaels “Freedom” which detailed his battle with Sony and how he had to threaten not to ever sing again in order to get out of the contract.

        Here’s the promo.

        • CanadaBear

          Thanks. I’ve seen the George Michaels doc. I’ll definitely check out the other one. Sorry about being so OCD but it’s a Gibson Flying V. You’ve seen them before I’m sure. Very distinctive looking with the V body.

        • SC Dave

          Frank Zappa did like half a dozen albums and told everyone on his tours “dont buy that shit” because it was all to clear his obligation to the record company.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Same deal with Jacko. And both dudes are dead?

    • SC Dave

      Dick the Bruiser!?!?

      I’m listening to that shit!

    • SC Dave

      Support Indy. Quality musicians all over. And they wont be millionaires… just making a fair living.

      For example, know Bill Staines?

      Maybe not your style, but has travelled the back roads and smaller venues of America for 35+ years doing his thing. Poor man’s Tom Paxton / John Prine.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It was an excellent watch. Corgan is very interesting.

    • Cormonster

      That was a good interview. I enjoy Rogan in general and some of the other youtube shows like Rubin Report. Hell, I even enjoy listening to far lefty shows like Jimmy Dore to get a different perspective. There is usually an hour or more to not feel rushed so they can get into some interesting topics. Beats the hell out of most shows on TV.

      Billy is a very interesting dude. He’s also done quite a few long interviews with Alex Jones on Infowars. I know you like conspiracy theories and some “out there” stuff, so you might want to check out some of those interviews.

      I actually had a beer with Billy and D’Arcy before a show at some underground type club (maybe 150-200 people max) in Milwaukee right after Gish came out. They were both kind of weird and awkward back then. I think they were both doing hard drugs at that time. That was when Billy still had long hair. They put on one hell of show though that night. It’s still one of my top 3 concerts of all time. It was cool because you just knew they were gonna blow up and be big, and got to see them before it happened. Seen them a few other times before they got real big, but always at much larger bars. At this show, they announced it under a different name, then cancelled it to prevent too many people from showing up. We just waited around outside, and then around 9pm they opened the doors and let people start coming in.

      • haha, awesome. Can’t believe you had a beer with him.

        Unfortunately I never saw them for one reason: my friend said they sucked live.

        He said they sounded horrible, and this was the time before youtube, so I just took his word and never bothered seeing them.

        Sucks cuz now I have watched their concerts on the interwebs and they seem like a good show.

        Oh well.

        Yeah, I was a lil surprised that Billy said he was on Infowars. Funny, but he said it was mainly on free speech topics.

        I know a lil about that Alex Jones guy, but from the little I’ve seen he believes in stuff like the illuminaiti and devil worshipers and stuff like that? Dunno. I do llke a good conspiracy theory though (which is why I like the Rogan stuff and Art Bell, etc).

        I also found his Rodman story funny AF. I mean, I was a YUGE Bulls fans in the 90s, and I never heard that story before.

        Crazy. I heard stories about Rodman when he hung out over here though. Dude is a major party animal, so totally believe it.

        • Cormonster

          The live Pumpkins shows were best during Gish and Siamese Dream. After that, I thought they kind of went downhill live so I stopped going after around 95 or 96.

          The interviews on Alex Jones are more about free speech, the media, and big brother type stuff from what I remember. I don’t recall him getting “into the weeds” with some of Alex Jones’ weirder shit. Although, he does get into some interesting topics sometimes. Too bad he ruins it with some of the things you mentioned. I still miss the old Art Bell show. George Nory(?) doesn’t really cut it for me. I used to enjoy doing snow removal overnight just so I could listen to Art Bell. I never knew th stuff about Rodman and the Bulls until that interview, so that was cool. Side note: Alex Jones was on Rogan’s show I think right after the election last year. They got stoned during the interview and Alex was getting all weird. Pretty funny.

  • ButtonShoes

    Nagy seems to have won the press conference.

    I am not buying any of it. Win some games first. For instance, Nagy has 2 games against the Peckers coming up next season. Win both of them. In ways that humiliate Green Bay over and over again. Ruin Aaron Rodgers. Put him on IR again! THEN I’ll be open to what this guy is about.

    • beninnorcal

      I have a cynical side to me too, I am a Bears fan after all. But even I acknowledge that being a negative-nancy is an easy way out when it comes to the Bears. History certainly proves that most of our coaching hires will fail.
      But I’m still going to give this guy a fair shot as a fan. I’m still going to hope that our blind squirrel Bears will find their nut one of these times.

      • ButtonShoes

        He deserves his shot I guess. He seems like a nice guy. And 100% more of a human being than John Fox ever was. I just don’t know enough about Nagy to say he’ll be a good or bad coach. Ultimately we have to wait for the games to be played. That will do the telling.

    • Cubsnlinux

      Most everyone is excited about the HIRE and OPTIMISTIC about the outcome. See there is an easy difference. If Fisher was hired most everyone would have been PESSIMISTIC about the hire and PESSIMISTIC about the outcome. That’s the difference.

      • ButtonShoes

        I’m neither. Just waiting for the new season to begin to see what Nagy is really all about.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

    Hmmmm. Not a single mention on the board today about how Pace couldn’t possibly get this right with Phillips and McCaskey as “Sounding Boards”. Not a peep. Weird.

    Seems everybody but one likes the hire.

    • AlbertInTucson

      File under : “Not John Fox”?

    • ButtonShoes

      We have no idea if he got it right or not. Nagy’s too much of an unknown.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        You’re the “one” I’m speaking of.

        And you’re right, nobody knows if it will go well or not. Just like every other HC hiring in the history of coaching.

        Point is, the process was done well. They moved through it like any fan would hope. It was executed thoroughly and professionally. So now we wait.

        It seems like it’s fair to say Pace made a good choice here. But much like handicapping horses, you gotta run the race.

        But hey, you’re on the record here as ambivalent at best. You remind me of my father in law. He’s been calling for the next Bear Market since 08. Hoarding all the cash he can. Meantime, the rest of us are making 15% or better.

        Not sure why you wouldn’t just enjoy the moment. It looks like a good move. But you gotta do you.

        • ButtonShoes

          I don’t hate the hire. And I don’t like it. I just don’t know. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. I feel kinda ‘meh’ about it. I’m basically waiting to see the games.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Fair enough. Is there a candidate out there that would have moved the needle beyond “meh” for you? I think it’s impossible to know.

            What I like, is that this seems to have been well done. The Bears appear professional right now.

          • John F

            maybe “semi-professional”

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Wow. High standards.

          • Half chub.

          • ButtonShoes

            I think the only hire that would have had me shooting through the roof was Belichick, if that had been an option. Otherwise I’d have reacted pretty much the same if it were anyone else.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I think that’s kind of my point. I don’t blame you for being a bit gun shy here.

            But there’s no way Belichick was ever coming to the Bears. So in essence, no hire would make you happy. For me, that frames the larger picture as to how you view the team and form you’re opinions.

            They’re on their way back. And it’s been a very difficult journey. But the arrow is most definitely pointing up. And it’s really too bad you can’t find at least a tiny bit of joy in watching your team being rebuilt before your eyes.

            This was a good couple of days for the Bears. Will Nagy take us to the promise land? Who the hell knows? But I’m surprised after all you’ve read and heard on this hire, you can’t find a bit of excitement in it all.

            Not sure I’d continue paying attention if I were as down on the Bears as you.

          • ButtonShoes

            Saying the team has been “rebuilt” suggests it’s in a position to win. I don’t believe that, and won’t until I see it. I want the Bears to win as much as you, but I don’t have the ability to believe in them anymore without actual, tangible proof that they are better. Proof in the form of wins, and all of that “potential” in Pace’s draft picks transforming into real, on-the-field talent that shows up every week. The Bears won’t get the benefit of the doubt from me. Never, so long as the McCaskeys own them.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            That’s not what I said.

          • CanadaBear

            That shouldn’t sound so ground breaking but you’re right, for once they didn’t look like buffoons. Baby steps.

          • SC Dave

            Pace has looked “professional” since day 1. My favorite thing about him.

        • BearDown100393

          Not sure why a contrasting opinion is so damn threatening to some around here.

          Seriously so what?

          The Bears have well earned suspicion and doubt.

          Being a “fan” is not chugging corporate kool-aid and accepting whatever crappola is issued from management.

          Post SB Hangover: Angelo/Smith
          Dismal: Emery/Trestman
          Disappointing: Pace/Hobo

          And now we have: Pace/Nagy

          For some, the “hope” theme has run its course.

          Win some facking games already. Beat Green Bay. Get into the playoffs. Do some damage.

          JFC when did it become a some kind of badge in this town to accept losing?

          The Bears of late are LOSERS.

          And I don’t like it. I’m not alone.

          Pace is on the clock now. And he deserves to be.

          Now let’s get down to business.

          Matt Nagy. Rosenbloom pissed and moaned over the hire.

          So what?

          Nagy did a nice job today. Kudos. And the Bears went out of their way to not introducing him on a garbage can lid.

          Well done. With all sincerity, good job.

          But let’s see some results this season. None of this crap “oh it is Nagy’s 1st season”, “players have to learn the system”, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

          BS.

          Facking win. And win now.

          Here is what we are. A 5-11 team. And out of the playoffs.

          That is unacceptable. That is failure.

          Can Nagy change a losing culture? I sincerely hope so. Yes, I am rooting for the guy to succeed. I hope he challenges Pace to doing better. I hope this guy delivers a new identity to the Bears. Because Pace sure as hell didn’t.

          After 3 seasons of Pace, we are still a non-playoff bottom division feeding team. The Bears are the carp at the bottom of the NFC North. And didn’t win a divisional game. Why the hell are so many defending that type of result?

          Nagy better find the past unacceptable. And hopefully he does not give a damn about ’85. Because that is part of the problem also. Ancient history does not indicate current success.

          Matt Nagy wanted the job. He earned the job. He should be supported to do this job. But expectations should be set that he coaches this team to a division title and beats Green Bay.

          Let’s restore standards of acceptability. And sustain them.

          Do that and I’ll support and back Pace/Nagy every step of the way.

    • John F

      Pace was smart enough to hire quickly before George/Ted could screw it up. Doesn’t mean Pace got it right (he probably didn’t) but G/T would have told him to hire Jeff Fisher.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        I would think given your predisposition on the matter, that would make you happy.

    • CanadaBear

      Not sure they got the hire correct but it sure speeds up the process having George and Sweaty Teddy in on the interviews. Works for me. I’ve been interviewed by up to 4 people before and it wasn’t a big deal.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Correct.

      • SC Dave

        Gruden has hired his entire staff, ir nearly so, already. Pace is behind the curve.

        • willbest

          Gruden had probably already lined up all his guys up already.

        • Joecashflow

          If Fangio is retained and Nagy calls plays……r-e-l-a-x. Where have I heard that before ?

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          Not really a fair assessment. Gruden wasn’t active in the league. So he wasn’t under the same time constraints as the other candidates.

          And the Raiders can have him. He may end up being great. But nearly a decade removed from the league? No thanks. Too risky for me. Especially at those numbers.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Damn, for the first time ever I watched the entire introductory press conference. Nagy’s a good fucking guy as far as I can tell, hope it works out not just for us but him too.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Yeah, Samurai Mike. Bring it on.

    Saddle up regulators!

  • I find the psychological reaction to the new hire interesting.

    I think the consensus is – neutral or baaaarely cautiously optimistic.

    Personally, I find myself saying, “it’s ok to be pumped. It’s ok to be excited”.

    It’s kinda like going out with a new girl after a nightmare divorce.

    But, I don’t think we should look too down on those who might see it more pessimistically.

    This is more akin to getting back with a girl who cheated on you (and yes, in this analogy, the Bears have FUCKED us for 30+ yrs).

    You love the girl – but you can’t forget the cheating.

    And, guess what – the skepticism is also just as rational and valid.

    Not everyone can just forget the trauma (and it’s not ancient either – Fox/Glennon/Barth/Wheaton…)

    So what I’m trying to say is, there’s enough room for half full and empty fandom, though the point of being a fan is to escape from the trauma of reality, not to embrace a new misery.

    PSA…over.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I just wish it was Chucky. You know what you’re getting with Chucky. Chucky is naturally coked up on life. He loves football. He’s like a kid on Christmas eve.

    His ceiling is obviously the Lombardi, but his floor is probably a shot at the playoffs.

    Nagy? All we know is we’re getting a guy who’s headed into a very steep learning curve doing a job that entails much more than he’s ever been used to.

    • CanadaBear

      Why do you do this? Chucky was a done deal while Fox was still employed. He was never going to the Bears, he was always going back to Oakland.

      • willbest

        Irish doesn’t let a lot of reason get in the way of his bears fantasies.

      • AlbertInTucson

        How many offers do you think Gruden turned down while he was waiting a DECADE or so to get back to The Raiders?

        • CanadaBear

          Never know. I doubt he ever got a $100 M offer before Oakland landed him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, and that’s sad. I just … wish.

  • Joecashflow

    Nagy. Trubisky may be the guy or not, but Nagy will be the guy that gives him the best opportunity to succeed. Thoughts on presser.

    1. John Gruden, part deux. Commands a room. Type A.
    2. It’s not just that he smiles easily, he makes the room smile.
    3. The first part, he talks about mentors and family. Easy to see he loves them all and they love him. Thats real real rare. You want to fight for a guy like that.
    4. The coaching tree is unbelievable. I’m sure he still has great contacts with all the Reid “family”. And that tree is bigley successful. So it is a surprise when Reid says Nagy had the best coaching potential of all his guys. Reid, being the way he is, may just say that to give him best wishes. Lots of respect for Reid.
    5. This guy is going to be colorful and honest. Win or lose, he will give you the straight shot in pressers. Long long time, we have not had that. “We had great practice week”.
    6. A good pairing with Ryan Pace, GM. Pace made some real boner FA moves last year. I think (hope) Nagy can save him this year from FA loser signings. 50 mil pissed away last year. I think Nagy can make Pace better.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Finally got time to watch the presser. I was impressed. Easy to see his passion, his knowledge, and got a good idea of the approach he is going to take at coaching. I liked when he was talking about not only being aggressive, but having measured aggression. We have not seen a coach like that in years.

    Even though we did not see Pace and Nagy interact, just from the question portion of the presser of the two you could definitely see that there could easily see a strong bond between them. It was different from the mentor/mentee relationship that came off when Fox was hired. These two seemed to view each other as peers, which should make it easier for them to bounce ideas off and push each other. Now we just have to see how Nagy works with the team.

    Also some have questioned, even in the presser, how Nagy could make such a decision so quickly after a loss. I actually think this is a plus for him. He is able to face a defeat and move on quickly. He was a QB, and like they say QBs should have short memories and not dwell on mistakes. I could see how this could easily play out with game/clock management. Don’t dwell on the last play or a bad call by the ref and move on quickly.

    I am excited to see how it translates to the field.

    • willbest

      talks one thing

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Yes. We all know that. Nobody is anointing the Bears NFCN champs. Nagy just had a good first day.

  • Joecashflow

    GB closing the door on their DC. Hoping that means easier for us to retain Fangio.

  • Joecashflow

    Regarding any new Bears HC, personally there is no bro-mance. 3 marriages and 3 divorces since Lovie, and I am not over the top any more. But hopeful. No kiss on first date. But I do think we got the highest upside guy. Not without learning curve, but highest upside and that’s what you want. If Nagy had waited, he might have gotten bigger better offers and that’s a credit to Pace. He bagged his man. (Not t-bagged).

  • Joecashflow

    Love the Nagy / Biscuit video, Jeff ! There is hope !

  • willbest

    “I am now genuinely excited for the 2018 season to start and the
    miserable 2017 season just ended like 9 days ago. How do they ALWAYS DO
    THIS?” – Jeff

    Heroine addicts probably ask the same thing.

    • Jeff is consistent if nothing else. But hey, what’s the alternative – Da Blog Rosendouche version?

      Jan 16th 2013

      Those criticizing the Bears for “reaching” on a coach currently running an organization outside the country should be relieved if not persuaded by a Hall of Famer and MVP (under Trestman) endorsing the man’s credentials to lead a professional football team in the states.

      I applaud this hire by Phil Emery for many reasons:

      It is the first significant movement by the Chicago Bears organization towards becoming a modern NFL franchise. This is an offense/passing league, a quarterback league and very few head coaching candidates have the quarterback coaching credentials of Trestman.
      Trestman has a short but important history with Jay Cutler. When they step into their first meeting room (in the next month or so) Trestman will not only be working with thirty year-old Cutty but also working with the memory of a strong-armed kid out of Vanderbilt.
      Yes it took place in Canada but Marc Trestman has led AN ENTIRE football team for five years and won two championships. Will that success translate immediately? Who knows. But it means Trestman has experience overseeing the entirety of a roster and managing a full coaching staff. If you discount that fact you fail to acknowledge one of the most difficult transitions from coordinator to head coach.
      It is NOT the safe choice. It is NOT the easy choice. And being that Phil Emery had Trestman at Halas Hall for much of Sunday and Monday without anyone – Dickerson, Zaidman, Jensen, Biggs – knowing means how he’s perceived in the local media is not near the top of his Things I’d Like to Achieve list. – Jeff

      http://dabearsblog.com/2013/marc-trestman-named-head-coach-of-the-chicago-bears

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta have a little sizzle!

      • Bear Instincts

        Damn!

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        Trestman failed as a leader and lost the locker room. It’s just what happened…straight from the players mouths.

        • CanadaBear

          The vets tuned him out immediately.

  • Joecashflow

    Interesting to note that Nagy entertained one and only one HC interview before he decided. Again, we don’t know if it pan out, but kudos to Pace for getting the commitment. Yuge. Bigley yuge.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      I agree. And I kind of feel like this was nearly a done deal prior to the season ending barring an interview shitshow.

      • Joecashflow

        Don’t think so. Da Bears are not a highly sought after franchise anymore. We be dog shit for 7 years. Nagy may be a gem !

  • evantonio

    You guys are getting all slap happy over here, but I’m finding myself getting caught up on this picture: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTJSvQAXUAA9mRX.jpg:large

    Look at the pen he’s using. That’s such a cheap, janky, bottom-of-the-barrel ballpoint pen. What kind of man signs his first HC contract with such a dubious writing instrument?

    “Bro!” you yell. “That’s not his pen. That’s just the one the Bears gave him.”

    That’s entirely possible. And damning, if true. Here is a man who knows he’s about to sign the biggest contract of his life, and he’s as woefully unprepared as John Fox coming out of the bye week (0-3 as Bears HC, for those keeping score at home.) He’s just expecting someone else to do his job. Someone else to provide what he needs to get things done. BAD SIGN.

    On the other hand, maybe he’s a man who doesn’t care about pens. Maybe they’re all the same to him because they all get the job done. Again. BAD SIGN. That’s the kind of thinking that swaps Robbie Gould for Connor Barth and goes Shea McClellin over Chandler Jones.

    If you want to be a leader of men, you must set an example for men. And that starts with the pen you hold in your hand.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)
      • evantonio

        Man, what I wouldn’t give to write with a good quill!

    • I would’ve signed it with one of those pens with hussies on them where they lose their bikini when you tilt the pen.

      Are those pens still around?

      • evantonio

        I think so, but not for long. Rumor has it Sessions is going after all forms of pornography after he eliminates all marijuana.

    • One Brown Bear

      Have you ever had a pen shoved up your…… oh never mind. He he

      • evantonio

        Nose? Once.

        • One Brown Bear

          Lol, well played evan.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Wow!!! Thanks for pointing it out.

      As an avid pen collector,I have been searching for years for that rare beauty. That is no ordinary pen. That is the Century Mark 2 from the Ecclesiastes series. It is known for its unassuming beauty and simplistic look, it is often misidentified as a cheap Bic, but once you have this beauty in your hand you can instantly tell the difference. That pen is hand-crafted by Orthodox Monks in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. These Monks lead a very solitary life and only come down from their mountaintop monastery once a year. At that time they trade these handcrafted pens for necessary goods for them to survive the next year. The ink is made from crushed walnuts that have been aged for 9 years, that is mixed with the saliva from a Red-necked grebe, which is a rare aquatic bird that nests around one small mountain lake. These pens are of such quality that they are usually handed down from generation to generation. They are priceless!

      • evantonio

        Very well done. 🙂

    • willbest

      Well its metallic coated and has a grip, so its not bottom of the barrel. Looks like one of those value brands where its presentable but you don’t care if people walk off with them.

      I have several nice pens because people seem to think I like them. I do, but for my day to day I use uniball vision elite (which I don’t care if my clients walk off with), and if I am signing something I deem important I have a Waterman that my dad gave me.

      • RenoBear

        I use a blue pilot G2… but I’m a lowly traffic manager.

      • Bear Instincts

        I have a Waterman Expert. Such beautiful pens. I use that for special occasions only

      • evantonio

        Metallic coating on a plastic pen is like bragging about a 300 yard passer when 250 of them came once you were already down by 49 points.

        Uniball Jetstream is my daily driver. The vision elite is not a luxury pen, but it shows you care enough to choose an instrument you like. I had a Waterman once – a college graduation present from an aunt. Wrote very nicely, but was stupid heavy.

        • willbest

          I didn’t say it was a luxury pen, it is a nice enough pen that it can be around, and its cheap enough that I don’t care that it ends up in somebody’s pocket.

          I agree the Watermans are heavy.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A very PENsive post.

      • evantonio

        I see what you did there.

  • JC

    Now a huge Nagy fan when he was described as anti-Fox.

  • BerwynBomber
    • AlbertInTucson

      “That gives McCarthy continuity on defense, because it’s similar to Capers’s scheme.”

      Because Caper’s scheme had been so successful in recent years…?

      • BerwynBomber

        Hah!
        I assume Pettine will be an upgrade but looking at his resume he hasn’t coached since 2015. That would concern me.

    • beninnorcal

      Glad Vic didn’t sign there.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wish he was there.

  • Irish Sweetness

    FYI –

    One can use the word ‘Queer’ again in relation to LGB life, I have been reliably been informed by a queer on Celebrity Big Brother. That’s one word back.

    • I still find it kinda odd that the Brits referred to cigarettes as “fags”

      How many fags were in brits mouths? Millions.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I still call them that. Never called them anything else.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Well, we certainly THANK the language police.

      • Irish Sweetness

        You can’t say THANK, though. That’s still a reach-around wank in a dark closet.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Ian Rapoport’s Twitter page is him mooning over Rich Eisen. FFS!

    https://twitter.com/RapSheet

  • Irish Sweetness

    NFL Draft 2018

    So Arden Key is 6’6?? Leonard Floyd Pt II?? What say ye? Is it Chubb or bust?

    6’5 Clelin Ferrell?

    Vita Vea? Akiem Hicks II?

  • Irish Sweetness

    RBs 2018

    So if we don’t get Barkley is Nick Chubb available in the second?

    What round does this guy Bo Scarbrough go in? 6’2 235. Derrick Henry type.

  • beninnorcal

    Sorry, Irish, but it’s looking like Vic is staying. I didn’t expect that but I think it’s a huge win for the Bears. Pay the man and keep him around. I like how he turned this D around.
    Also indicates that he’s on board with what the Bears are doing. I think he probably wanted to stay, in the first place, but his agent made him go through the motions.

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