Jahns on the Nagy Hiring
“AJ After Dark” wrote the best piece of Bears journalism since Wiederer’s piece on the Trubisky dinner in North Carolina. There were a dozen pieces of information in article worth noting but here is my favorite:
As the eight-seat jet descended, Phillips said it became the most frightening flight of his life. Pace said the plane was “thrashed.”
“At one point, I looked back, and Ted’s glasses flew off his head,” Pace said.
Said McCaskey: “What’s that Audie Murphy movie? ‘To Hell and Back’? ”
It was scary as hell.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘OK, if this thing goes down, it’s probably better that it’s on the descent because there is less fuel,’ ” Pace said.
“Ted was thinking, ‘Well, I can see the tree line, so this might be survivable.’
“George was thinking, ‘Oh, man, I should have laid out the full succession plan before we got on the flight.’ ”
They made it and were soon off to Foxborough, where Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was interviewed past midnight.
“As the plane is coming to a halt, Ted yells at me, ‘Ryan, this better be worth it!’ ” Pace said, laughing. “It was just insane.”
What do I find particularly interesting here?
I was told explicitly – prior to the hiring process – Bears brass were vehemently against the idea of bringing McDaniels to Chicago. They are close with Broncos ownership and “McDaniels” is a curse word in Denver right now. That they flirted with death to execute the interview because it was their GM’s plan is remarkable.
Zach Miller’s Touchdown Tweet
Old rule, new rule… always was and always will be, A… pic.twitter.com/WbFSwJ0kN9
— Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) March 26, 2018
Trey Burton Highlights
Last week it was a Taylor Gabriel clip. Now it’s Trey Burton’s turn.
- Peter King did a nice job with Nagy on his podcast last week. It was interesting to hear the new coach of the Bears defend the Chiefs’ bizarre decision making in their playoff loss to the Titans.
- Might not be of interest to everyone but the Bears are moving some office employees out of Soldier Field and into a newly-leased space on Wacker. From the Trib’s Ryan Ori: “The Bears plan to convert the Soldier Field office space into conference rooms, where staff also can work on game days, team spokeswoman Meghan Bower said. The areas that will be converted are near gates 8, 10 and 14 in the stadium, she said.“
- The Original Billy Goat Tavern has reopened and the bathrooms are amazing! Pound-for-pound, this is my favorite bar in the world.
- This article actually made me want to travel to San Diego for a Bears game, just so I could watch it at the 710 Club. But, honestly, I don’t need a reason to go to La Jolla. It’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
- From Olivia Wilkes in the Auburn Plainsman: “Can I get a combo Chicago-style dog please?” a customer asked as he ordered his lunch at Ralph and Carolyn Levy’s hot dog stand set up just outside Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.”