CAN MATT NAGY SAVE THIS SEASON?

 

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Most people when evaluating their own work, have to be honest about what they’re doing well, what they’re not doing well and what they need to work on.

The blame and success is placed by the feet of its leaders and so it is with these 2019 Chicago Bears. 

Which is why when you hear about how this team is doing, invariably names like Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, Mitchell Trubisky, always come up. 

In fact, you can’t read a story about the Bears without hearing their names get mentioned.

So what it is about this Bears team that makes you feel like the season is already over?

The offense, plain and simple, is so bad that it reminds you of those teams in the 70’s that would just run the ball up the middle for three time for five yards and then punt.

Ranking last in nearly every category is not the way to get you to believe in a new head coach who was specifically brought because of his offensive chops.

So why can’t the Bears move the ball, get first downs, and score touchdowns?

Or another way of asking the question, is there anything they’re doing well? Anything they can build on? 

I don’ know what the stats are but when they let Trubisky move around in the pocket they do well. When they have him finding his tight end they do well. When he’s looking to run the ball they do well. When they run for more than 2 yards a carry they do well. When they take chances they do well.

You get the feeling that Nagy is keeping the reins so tight on his quarterback and offense that they can’t play with the way it’s set up now.

I like Matt Nagy. I can’t think of a coach who impressed me so immediately than he did last year. That team had a chance to compete for a super bowl and he was a big reason.

You get the feeling if they just improved a little on offense they could start to look a pretty good team.

Having bigger run plays, passing to receivers, passing to running backs, passing to tight ends is going to be the way they do it, if they do it.

We’ll see. 

I’m not confident this week about this game against the Rams. But with a great defense anything is possible.

RAMS 21 BEARS 17

onlyifyoudreamtidbits………………what in the wide, wide world of sports happened to Tarik Cohen? Did he just go from stud to dud or have they failed miserably in getting him the ball? He looked like a number 1 draft pick last year and now he’s nowhere to be found…………also where are the tight ends? Seeing Ben Braunecker catch that td pass last week was so nice to see. Why not give the guy more chances?

SO YOU WANT TO PLAY QUARTERBACK?

 

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The NFL has a flawed concept of how to find a Super Bowl quality quarterback for their franchise.

Essentially they choose one, and mostly they choose only one and that’s the flaw. 

Then they adorn him with all sorts of gifts, like a great coach, a great defense, solid playmakers on offense and giant lineman to protect, all on the premise that he can stand under pressure, with the weight of a city on his shoulders and hit the open man.

And, on top of it all they pay him giant amounts of money before he ever really proves he can be “that guy.”

What most teams do is they spend tens of millions of dollars on a guess. 

They engage in calculated risk.

On the surface it sounds entirely American, invest in a business, put in resources and time and materials and watch it compete and grow. 

The problem is when they don’t compete and they don’t grow. 

Take our beloved Bears as exhibit A. The first thing Ryan Pace said when taking over as GM is that he would draft a quarterback EVERY YEAR.

How many has he actually taken? ONE!

Forget about whether or not it’s in the first round. The point is you never know when you’re going to catch lightning in a bottle. Who knows who the next Tom Brady or Joe Montana is.

If you had to guess how many Super Bowl winning quarterback WEREN’T drafted in the first round how many would you guess?

5? 10?

Try 16. Here they are:

Tom Brady——————6th round

Nick Foles——————-3rd round

Russell Wilson————-4th round

Drew Brees——————2nd round

Brad Johnson—————-9th round

Kurt Warner——————undrafted

Brett Favre——————-2nd round

Steve Young——————supplemental draft

Mark Rypien——————6th round

Jeff Hostetler——————3rd round

Joe Montana——————-3rd round

Joe Theismann—————-4th round

Roger Staubach—————10th round

Ken Stabler———————2nd round

Johnny Unitas——————9th round

Bart Starr————————17th round

(Apologies if I missed anyone)

You still have to adorn him with gifts. You’ll still have to pay him the money if he wins. Unless you’re the Eagles and you decide beating Bill Belichick and the Patriots and winning the Super Bowl isn’t good enough to earn you a spot as the team’s number one quarterback. No, that belongs to Carson Wentz “because he’s our guy.” 

It flabbergasts me why the Eagles didn’t trade Wentz and keep Foles. I guess they’d rather follow through with their plan, rather than follow through with what’s best for their team. 

What more does a guy have to do than beat the Patriots, one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NFL?

I really don’t think being a GM is terribly complex. But I do think you have to be ruthless. You have to sit a guy down you just told how much you love and tell him HE ISN’T YOUR GUY after all.

One last thing I’ll say in defense of the GM, to be ruthless is to be unpopular, and to be unpopular is to be without friends, and to be without friends is to be without a job and to be without a job is well you see where it takes you. 

It’s a fine line between ruthless and a guy you actually want to play and work for, actually want to sacrifice your body and mind for a fistful of dollars for, well a little more than that.

Also, another thing in defense of the GM is how stressful the job is. I mean to be responsible for a team in that way and have millions of little micro GM’s like me screaming and telling you what to do.

It’s no wonder they come in all fresh faced like a president and look like haggard janitors after four years on the job. 

I get that playing quarterback is hard. I certainly wouldn’t want it no matter how much money you threw at me for the chance. But there are hundreds if not thousands who do. Why not give some of them a shot?

ONE FINAL NOTE…………………IN THE LAST 33 YEARS THE BEARS HAVE DRAFTED ONLY 14 QUARTERBACKS! If that isn’t a S.O.S. to the McCaskey family about a mediocre football team what else can we do???

 

5 REASONS WHY THE BEARS ARE WINNING

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RYAN PACE

Give him credit. Give him a lot of it. Give him holiday cheers of it. After swings and misses he seems to be getting better at his job. Better at picking the right coach. Better at drafting difference making players. Better at using free agency as a way to find difference making players and also players who can fill obvious needs. 

Just look at this list——Matt Nagy, Khalil Mack, Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen, Eddie Jackson, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Roquan Smith. The list goes on and its impressive and its young and its really, really good. 

There are so many things that need to go right and Ryan Pace is a guy that makes sure it does.

I know New Orleans and Los Angeles, hell even the Green Bay Packers look like big mountains, but I don’t see why the Bears couldn’t make some loud noises in the playoffs.

MATT NAGY

It all starts with the coach and the way he implements his vision, gets people buying in it, and how they execute. 

John Madden always said you got to be authentic, because the players can spot a phony, and I think that may be his best quality. He’s a genuine dude and that helps players trust him. 

Plus the Bears finally look like a complete team. So many of their teams have always looked one sided. If only they had an offense, you can hear the Bear faithful whine. 

The fact that Nagy was a quarterback I think has really helped Trubisky. He’s gone from being an indecisive quarterback, to playing a game of pitch and catch. It really doesn’t have to be a complicated game. Hit the open guy, and if he’s not, scamper for some yards. 

Is it possible the Bears have an offense that can win a championship? If they do Nagy will become a legend and get all sorts of credit, as will a handful of players. One of the things I look for in a team is how good are the second and third string players. It says a lot about the coach when the whole roster is ready to play.

KHALIL MACK

Ok this was the ballsy move of the century. 

Word had it that the Packers were about to pull the trigger too and the Bears just out bid them. 

I mean could you imagine the Packers with Mack? People who say the Bears spent the farm to get him are ignoring the most important point. Mack is a once is a lifetime player. 

Every Super Bowl team always seems to have Hall of Fame type players on it, at least one or two and hopefully more. 

Is he at 100% yet? If he is I think that defense climbs a few more rungs on the ladder. When he’s a step quicker, he’s going to require a double team. That opens huge chances for everyone else on that line to get the quarterback. 

If they can pressure the quarterback with four they are going to be a handful come winter.

MITCHELL TRUBISKY

I keep thinking they did something to that offense. The team that just beat Arizona by two points is now seeing a confident decision maker in Trubisky. He looks better. Cooler. A cooler head to prevail whilst sitting in the hottest seat in professional sports. But he still makes some decisions where you just scratch your head.

He of course is the key. If he fails the team will fail, but if he has these kind of dominant performances, I don’t see why this team can’t win it all. Nick Foles doesn’t have a giant contract with 80 million dollars guaranteed, yet, but he did have a career day in the Super Bowl, and went throw for throw with the unmatchable brilliance of Tom Brady. 

Is Nagy getting him to play a little over his head, or is his ceiling still being set? Does he have the potential to be not just good but great? If he’s not great, even with that defense, I don’t see them winning it all. 

Also, does he have to run all the time and does he know how to slide?

INTANGIBLES

I could pick a lot of players in this last spot. The ones I named earlier, the whole defense, the whole offensive line, how about how good those playmakers have been? 

Something about confidence makes it impossible to keep it hidden. The world can’t help but notice it. 

I remember from my own competitive playing days how important it was to believe in yourself and in your team. It always seemed to me that intangible quality of belief was just as important as skill. They’re both critical don’t get me wrong, but guys who possess qualities like attitude, character, and enthusiasm always seem to be the guys holding the trophies up. 

Football is such a sport that demands you play with an edge about you, and this team is doing that. Finally some swag to back up the way you play on the field.

Happy Thanksgiving!