1. Vic Fangio's candor, humor still refreshing
After arriving at the podium and saying, "let's continue this love fest," Fangio quickly corrected his boss, Nagy, who said Fangio coordinates top-10 units every year.
Fangio went on to say, "I think it's a wrong picture to paint that the defense was great and the rest of the team wasn't. We were 5-11. If we were a great defense, we'd have more than five wins."
Fangio talked about the need to keep improving — including the core members of his ascending 'D,' like Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd and Danny Trevathan. He also had some advice for Helfrich, his new colleague and former Oregon head coach making his NFL debut.
"You just have to dive in and do it yourself," Fangio said, piggy-backing off a question Helfrich was asked on whether he reached out to NFL coaches requesting pointers on making the jump.
Fangio left the NFL to coordinate Stanford's defense in 2010, and though it was an inverse move, he said he contacted college coaches whose advice, while perhaps valid, were things he already knew.
Lastly, Fangio, who was reportedly eyeing a warmer destination for his next NFL gig, said he had two requests refused during his negotiations to return to the Bears: a membership at Conway Farms Golf Club and to shorten the winters.