Matt Nagy makes Bears a logical landing place for Alex Smith

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Within hours of the report that Washington is parting ways with quarterback Alex Smith, reports started pegging the Bears as the logical next stop in Smith’s career.

Smith could make sense for Chicago because the Bears need a quarterback, and because Smith has a strong relationship with Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator during Smith’s five seasons in Kansas City.

Shortly after the Bears hired Nagy, Smith told the Chicago Tribune that Nagy is a tremendous coach.

“He and I spent five years together and we were about as close as it gets from a coach-and-player relationship,” Smith said of Nagy. “To see him grow as a quarterbacks coach, then go to coordinator and now I am pumped for him as he becomes a head coach. I think he is going to do awesome.”

Whether Smith is going to compete for a starting job or be a veteran backup, he’s the kind of player Nagy would like to have.

42 responses to “Matt Nagy makes Bears a logical landing place for Alex Smith

  1. Makes perfect sense. The Bears should sign him as soon as they’re able to sign him.

  2. Classy guy, great story, but 78.5 rating. 37 in July and glued together. Vet-cover mentor only.

  3. It’s always amazing how you media people decide who goes where. Just stop it. Please.

  4. Alex Smith is a fantastic person and player and I respect him. I hope this is not the Bears plan for Alex to be the starting QB for next season.Comeback player of the year and all but to bet all my money on that damaged leg is foolish. As a mentor or backup yes.

  5. Please Alex, I beg of you…please retire and become a QB coach if you need to keep working in football. You have nothing left to prove. Your comeback was one of the greatest stories ever.

  6. He won’t last two quarters behind Nagy’s O-Line. He’s a decent QB when surrounded by a great team. The Bears are not that team.

  7. Right. Just like JJ Watt’s “logical” landing spots of Pittsburgh or Green Bay… yet everyone was wrong.

  8. It makes sense. Similar to Carson Wentz and the Colts. The pieces fit together, but will it come together to make a pretty picture? I don’t believe Alex smith has very much left in his tank. To last a full season is unlikely at this point.

  9. There really isn’t a “logical” landing point for Alex Smith at this point in his career.

  10. Perfect! While I applaud Alex Smith for staying the course and returning to the game, it is readily apparent he is no longer a Class A starting QB and he will not be an upgrade from Trubisky (he can’t move on that ankle). But, this move would guarantee a 4-12 season and put the Bears in great position in the 2022 draft. That, combined with a new GM and Head Coach and maybe, just maybe, a new team president might make the Bears a winning team in 2022. Ryan Pace and Ted Phillips are about as ignorant as a 5th grader on managing/developing a winning team.

  11. Alex Smith is a testament to endurance and toughness. But he is not the answer to the Bears QB woes.

  12. Wouldn’t Nagy be staring at Mitch in 10 years with Alex today?
    Zero sense to solve long term problems.

  13. I’d love to know what bears fans think with that horrid o-line.

  14. Alex Smith should just retire and enjoy his family and being able to walk and play with his children.

  15. Yes because it worked out so well the last time he brought in a QB he worked with before, Foles. Nagy was Andy Reid’s errand boy, any success any QB had while Nagy was there was because of Andy Reid

  16. This makes too much sense for Nagy and Pace to pull off.

    Hopefully, they draft the QB that has the fewest starts. If there’s a tie, let’s go with the QB that drives the oldest car… because intangibles.

  17. as a Vikings fan…. YES PLEASE

    all the respect in the world to Alex Smith and his comeback story; but with Wilson and Watson rumors to the Bears I’m pulling hard for them to get Smith!

  18. Alex Smith made tremendous strides in coming back and deserved to win an award for that.
    But the fact remains that he could not finish out the last few games of the season and play in the only playoff game that Washington had because his leg just wasn’t holding up.
    After all the Washington team did to help him to get back to the field someone obviously felt within the organization that he was no longer a player at that top level so he throws the whole team under the bus by saying they did not want him back.
    I lost all respect for him after that because he is just another used athlete in denial. I Fear that he will do irreparable damage to that leg if he continues playing.

  19. Is Chicago’s QB situation worse than Washington’s? If WFT doesn’t want him, why would anybody?

  20. jed699 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 9:18 am
    Is Chicago’s QB situation worse than Washington’s? If WFT doesn’t want him, why would anybody?

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    It’s worse.

    That said, Bears OL would have him crushed before end of first Game 1. He should just retire.

  21. chefboyd says:

    March 2, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Right. Just like JJ Watt’s “logical” landing spots of Pittsburgh or Green Bay… yet everyone was wrong.

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    Ummmm no one was wrong, do you not understand what the word logical means? It doesnt mean their definitely going somewhere. Just because Watt didnt go to either place it doesnt make either of those spots as less logical landing spots.

  22. His leg has to get stronger if he intends to be a full-time starter. That last game with the Eagles was brutal, he looked like he was in pain the whole second half.

  23. If I were Ryan Pace, or any GM who had 1 year to prove themselves or else get fired, why are you not trading 4 first round picks for Watson or Wilson? What do you have to lose?

    I’d rather be competitive with a top 5 qb for the next 5 years than have mid-first round picks that are used on adding 7th tight end to your roster. Someone needs to be able to throw them the ball!

  24. The Bears line is not as bad as it’s being portrayed. They are actually deep at the 3 interior positions. Massie will likely be cut, and the draft is deep with OT talent. Leno could be a bridge until next year’s draft if they moved him to RT. Signing Alex Smith or Jamies Winston would likely allow them to keep Allen Robinson and not completely deplete their draft capital. It may not be enough to save their jobs, but I’d rather get Smith or Winston than trade draft picks for Minshew, Darnold or Mariota. If they can pull off a Watson or Wilson trade, go for it. But it’s not likely.

  25. The problem with signing Smith as a veteran backup is, sooner or later the Bears starter will be injured or benched and Smith will be forced into the starting role.

  26. bsandersupthesidelinecutsbackinside says:
    March 2, 2021 at 10:57 am
    The problem with signing Smith as a veteran backup is, sooner or later the Bears starter will be injured or benched and Smith will be forced into the starting role.

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    Alex Smith in a 3 or 4 game stretch is better than a lot of starters. He’s great as a veteran backup, not so great as a 16 or now 17 game season as a starter.

  27. Somebody ought to have a beer with this guy and say “it’s over man walk off into the sunset “

  28. Smith’s comeback was heroic. But I truly wish he’d retire. He seemed very fragile last year & was hurt a couple of times even though he only played 6 or 7 games.

  29. Cannot imagine that playing in frigid Chicago will do anything for Smith’s ability to stay on his feet for a whole season.

  30. Well you gotta have faith when you’re letting the guy who bet the farm on Mitch Trubisky also choose the NEXT guy after Trubisky predictably failed. My god. One thing to whiff on a draft pick; happens to everyone. But this guy tripled-down on the one guy that literally nobody liked that much, and left many far better players (and QBs) on the board. While also giving away mad draft picks. Must be nice!!!

  31. I really like Smith, but I’m not sure his orthopedist would approve signing with the Bears given their offensive line issues.

  32. I have all the respect in the world for A.S. but I’m no longer a fan after his C.K. comments and throwing WFT under the bus.

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