Mitch Trubisky “certainly a part of” why Matt Nagy is in Chicago

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The Bears hired a first-time head coach with a background on the offensive side of the ball a year after drafting a quarterback at the top of the first round.

If the trappings of Matt Nagy’s arrival in Chicago sound familiar, it might be because the Rams did something similar when they hired Sean McVay last season. The similarities continue with word that veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will remain with the Bears much in the way that Wade Phillips joined McVay in Los Angeles for the 2017 season.

The Bears would certainly love it if Nagy’s arrival resulted in the same kind of jump in the standings that the Rams experienced in 2017, although Nagy was careful to say on Tuesday that he’s not just here because the Bears want to see him work with Mitch Trubisky.

“It’s certainly a part of it, but that’s not the reason why I’m here,” Nagy said. “I’m here because of the organization and the direction. I could feel that from the moment I was in that interview process. That’s a benefit to have Mitch Trubisky. I knew a lot about him because I had him in the Combine and we spent some time with him. But this is a team game. Everyone on this team is just as important as the quarterback. But that was certainly a part of it.”

Everyone on the team is important, but Trubisky was the only player that General Manager Ryan Pace considered (and ultimately passed on) having involved with the interview process. Nagy’s success with the Bears is going to be tied more closely to Trubisky’s growth than anything else and the sooner that growth comes the better for all involved.

26 responses to “Mitch Trubisky “certainly a part of” why Matt Nagy is in Chicago

  1. There is only one reason Nagy is in Chicago…its because the Chiefs should’ve fired Andy & kept Nagy. Nagy saw that wasn’t going to happen and split.

  2. It’s a copycat league and we live in a copycat society. That’s just the way our minds work. John Fox reminds them of Jeff Fisher, and Nagy reminds them of McVay, and Kyle Shanahan. I wonder who Mike Zimmer reminds them of. He kind of reminds me of Fisher and Fox, but Rick Spielman and his staff have done a great job of bringing in winning players. If Ryan Pace doesn’t copycat Rick Spielman and start bringing in better players, Nagy will remind them of Ben McAdoo, and he’ll be sent packing.

  3. The Chiefs once went an entire season without a WR touchdown with Nagy as the QB coach. He should fit right in with my team that has no wide receivers because they gave their best one away (like they tend to do with good players). Should have taken McDaniels or DeFilippo.

  4. Indybear says:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:45 am
    The Chiefs once went an entire season without a WR touchdown with Nagy as the QB coach….
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    That’s more an indictment of the WR coach. Smith still threw 18 TDs that year.

  5. Mitchell πŸ˜‰

    Like Trubisky put up great numbers and HCs are flocking to the Bears because of him?
    Hopefully for the Bears he improves *A LOT*, otherwise, he’s just another highly drafted bust.

  6. .
    The Bears have been in a QB desert for so long, it’s imperative that they develop Trubiski properly. Look no further than the bright futures of the Rams and Eagles with Goff and Wentz. Chicago fans want that same feeling.
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  7. Keeping Fangio was a Good thing by the Bears. He is a very good DC, and keeping a system intact and having continuity is more important than a lot of people think.

  8. Trubisky has moxie, leadership ability and good accuracy when his fundamentals are right. Where he needs to get much better is reading defenses (especially pass rush schemes and blitzes), seeing the whole field, and using consistently good mechanics when he throws. To me his ceiling is Matthew Stafford and his floor is Jay Cutler with better intangibles. If Nagy is as good with QBs as reputed, we’ll find out as soon as this coming season which end of the continuum is closer to reality.

  9. Smart move by Pace not to include Trubisky in the interview process for Nagy (or any other coach). Not so smart to have considered it in the first place. The QB should not be involved in the hiring of the HC.

  10. McDaniels is clearly waiting for some particular job…he’s in no rush. Would’ve hired him in CHI in two seconds over Nagy.

  11. As much as I rag on Bears/Mitch…he was 4-8 as starter. Other than 1 game vs PHI that was blowout…7 losses by 45 points. Less than a TD. They aren’t far off. D is I think pretty good, but offense has been EH. Get some WRs/TE to replace Miller, improve O line and I think Bears could turn around sooner rather than later.

  12. Ahh, the old canned “direction” line you hear from people who don’t know what they’re doing and just want to regurgitate rhetoric.

    Ryan Pace doesn’t trade for Garropolo, overpays selfish free agents as they rebuild, then trades up for Trubisky, as if he somehow is the slam dunk pick over Garropolo, and then hires an OC who just gave Kareem Hunt only 11 carries at home with a 21-3 lead.

    Quite the “Direction”.

  13. For Bears’ fans’ sake, I just hope he didn’t “learn” too much from Brad Childress during his time in KC.

  14. thepackerpoet says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:23 am
    LOL at the Bears! LOL!!
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    Once Rodgers retires, you’ll be β€œCOL, at the Packers! XOL!!”

  15. abcisezas123 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:15 am
    So, a basically untested QB who hasnt played a full season picked the new HC?
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    You actually believe that Mitch picked the coach? Reading and comprehension is so underrated.

  16. Adam Kachur says:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:52 am
    da bears will fail yet again. book it cubby bears.
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    Gotcha Nostradamus

  17. At least on paper it looks like the Bears may have gotten this right. Bringing Vic Fangio back to run the defense is huge. I have not been this excited for a Bears season since Papa Bear hired Mike Ditka back in 1982. It is very fun to see the Bears on the uptick and the Green Bay Packers starting to implode. Coaches and potential good coaches are running a way from the Pack as fast as they can. SKOL!!

  18. I dont think Mitch Trubisky is going to be all that good of a QB. I don’t think Trubisky will be a bust, I just don’t think he will be good. I’d bet money he turns out to be an average QB, he won’t be one that elevates your team but will be a game manager type he can run the offense and be decent with the right pieces around him.

  19. charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:32 am
    It’s a copycat league and we live in a copycat society. That’s just the way our minds work. John Fox reminds them of Jeff Fisher, and Nagy reminds them of McVay, and Kyle Shanahan. I wonder who Mike Zimmer reminds them of. He kind of reminds me of Fisher and Fox, but Rick Spielman and his staff have done a great job of bringing in winning players. If Ryan Pace doesn’t copycat Rick Spielman and start bringing in better players, Nagy will remind them of Ben McAdoo, and he’ll be sent packing.
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    The Bears jumped into this hire way to quickly, I think they panicked given a handful of other teams are looking for head coach’s. Look at all the other teams, most of which are far better ran franchises have not made hires yet. Take very well run franchises like Arizona and the NYG’s, those teams are taking their time making a decision and are going thru the entire pool of candidates purposely taking their time and not rushing it to ensure they make the right choice & hire the right guy, not just a guy. I’d bet money both of those teams get better head coach’s who will win more games and coach far longer. 5yrs ago the Bears had the chance to hire Bruce Arians as their HC, Instead they picked Marc Trestman. Nagy is going to be another Trestman type coach in terms of success after the Bears yet again rushed the process, thats not how u do things.

  20. “Hawkkiller” you’d be the same person crying if the Bears were waiting and other teams already hired head coaches. History has shown teams that are aggressive early in hiring head coaches also get the best coordinators and position coaches. You have no idea if Nagy will be good or not and you certainly won’t come back here and admit your prediction is wrong. You fake Bears fan.

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