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Do you think there’s coaching hire that Nagy could make that would improve his development as HC and by proxy the team’s results? Submitted by Jason Savage
Jason, I’d say at the moment that Nagy has a really solid staff and I’m not sure who he’d replace?
Certainly, the tight end position has under-performed, but that’s hard to put on TE coach Kevin Gilbride based on the talent he’s been given to work with. Other than that, we’re talking about a bunch of assistants with really solid resumes.
One of the things Nagy has been complimented for is not being threatened by top assistants like Vic Fangio, former NFL head coaches Chuck Pagano and Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich — who was a Pac 12 Head Coach of the Year at Oregon.
Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and D-line coach Jay Rodgers are two of the best in the business at their specialties.
Ken Whisenhunt is a longtime offensive guru who led the Cardinals to a Super Bowl as a head coach and was just released by the Chargers, so I suppose you could bring him in as an Assistant Head Coach on offense, or just offensive consultant, but it doesn’t really feel necessary.
Nagy just said Wednesday that he talks to Andy Reid often, and I’m not sure you could have a much better mentor.
Historically, which QBs, if any, have had their 5th-year rookie contract option declined? Which GMs, if any, have picked a 1st-round flop QB and kept their job long enough to draft another? Submitted by Docile Irish
The standard fifth-year option on first-round contracts began with the current collective bargaining agreement, signed in 2011, and the first draft to include it was 2012.
Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden, E J Manuel, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Paxton Lynch – it’s a lot more common that you may think.
Since the 2011 draft, there have been 28 quarterbacks drafted in the first round — including five last year and three this year.
Of the 20 quarterbacks drafted in the first round between 2011 and 2017, only six are starting in the NFL today — if you include Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill and, of course, Mitch Trubisky.
Failing on those picks is the norm, not the exception, and the woods are filled with general managers that missed on first round quarterbacks and survived to try again.
What is different in the offense that allows Mitchell to have success in last minute drives like in playoff game last year and last week against Chargers? Why won’t they run that more? Submitted by Juan
Juan, there is nothing different in the offense that leads to greater success in desperation than during the rest of the game, but there are circumstances that contribute to some quarterbacks' success in those situations.
For starters, the two-minute offense is almost always no huddle, quickening the pace and mitigating against defensive changes and substitutions.
That pace also causes the quarterback to think less, react more quickly and play more on instincts.
More often than not, they are facing some form of prevent defense where the other guys are intentionally allowing more plays to be made in front of them to avoid allowing the offense to go over the top for a quick strike.
Defenses tend to be a bit more passive while quarterbacks and offenses become more aggressive.
With Trubisky, I’m fairly well convinced that he does better mainly because he stops thinking, overthinking and just lets his instincts take over.
I'm ready to talk about draft. Can we fix any of these issues with the limited picks we have? Imo we need to replace #10 #94 LT dunno his # RG RT SS Submitted by Mad Nes
Gee, can I get you a winning lottery ticket too? All you want is starters at quarterback and left tackle — traditionally the two most difficult spots to fill and often requiring top-10 picks — and four other starting positions as well?
The Bears currently have two second-round picks in the ’20 draft, their own and the Raiders, their own fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks, and they will receive either the Eagles' fifth- or sixth-round pick for Jordan Howard — depending on his performance this season.
They may also receive a compensatory pick for Adrian Amos depending on his performance the rest of the season (and/or how they handle a looming deadline that we'll discuss in detail below).
While the overwhelming majority of Bears fans don’t want to hear this, and it isn’t looking great right now for Mitch Trubisky, it is still too early to write him off, and it is not at all unreasonable to assume the Bears might pursue Marcus Mariota in free agency to come in and compete with him.
I definitely see the Bears drafting a quarterback but likely a Day 3 developmental prospect.
I have been screaming about the need for an upgrade at left tackle for two years now, and if Charles Leno doesn’t get better fast, the Bears may finally agree. It would not be unusual to package the two twos to move into the back end of the first round and get a left tackle or to take one with one of the twos.
You should assume Leonard Floyd will be back since the team has already exercised his fifth-year option — unless it's ready to give up and trade him before the draft. At this point it’s hard to see them getting more than a three for him, and a four seems more likely.
I don’t see big needs at right guard or right tackle, but Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be a free agent, so depending on how the second half of the season goes, they could be drafting a safety.
Right now, I think the Bears' biggest needs beyond quarterback are 1. Top tight end prospect, 2. Left tackle, 3. Bookend pass rusher for Mack.
How in the hell are Nagy and Pace still employed by the bears. They are both train wrecks Submitted by Ray Janowski
Ray, it probably has something to do with the fact they are the reigning NFL Coach and Executive of the Year, respectively!
I admire your passion, but you’re way off base in your evaluation. Is your frustration based in reality or expectations? They obviously raised the bar significantly last season and now everybody is freaking out because there jobs are actually really hard to get right every season.
Remember where this team was at and what your expectations were a week or so before Nagy was hired?
Take a deep breath and a step back. We’ll have a much better idea of how good they are a year from now because they will both still be here.
Which free agent QBs will the Bears bring in to complete with Trubisky in 2020? Submitted by Bill Hansen
Bill, based on reports Ryan Pace loved Marcus Mariota coming out of Oregon, and the fact that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was his head coach there, he seems like the most likely suspect.
If he is healthy enough to play, Washington will almost certainly release Alex Smith, making him free as well, but it seems a real longshot that he will play again.
Would you rather have Mitch Trubisky or Baker Mayfield. Submitted by Moon Wizard
When they made the pick, I thought the Bears badly over-drafted Trubisky, and I felt strongly Mayfield was the right choice as the No. 1 overall pick last year.
Mayfield has the better arm; Trubisky is the better athlete.
Mayfield looks like he may have that “It” factor, the innate or intuitive feel for the position and the game only the great ones have, but all the other intangibles appear to favor Trubisky.
They are both extremely competitive, and neither so far has come across as tremendously mature.
Forced to choose, at their position, you have to go for the “It” factor so I’d have to take Mayfield and just hope that he grows out of all the silly crap he keeps getting into.
Nats or ‘stros? Submitted by Indy
Obviously it’s over now, but I was pulling Nationals all the way.
I love Davey Martinez, Rendon, Strasburg and Scherzer, and always love the underdogs. I also don’t really care for “Super Teams” and got really tired of hearing how unbeatable the Astros were.
I don’t want Houston winning a second one until these Cubs do first.
It’s a long ways away but. How do you feel about Jalen hurts? Is he a fit for Nagys offense. Submitted by Matt Miller
He is. But, it won't matter if the OLine for the Bears don't improve in protection in the run game. The Oline is ranked 29th. Jalen will bring an entire different skill set that Naggy will use and create real problems for D's. Submitted by Toni House
I’ll assume Toni knows what she’s talking about relative to Hurts, although I have no idea where her “29th ranking” comes from or even what it pertains to?
The Bears need to get better up front but are nowhere near the bottom of the NFL.
As to Hurts, he probably is a good fit for the Bears, but I don’t see him being available in the middle of the second round — assuming he comes out after this year — and if the Bears do try and move way up, I wouldn’t think it would be for him over Herbert or one or two others.
More importantly, I just don’t see the Bears ready to go high first round for QB again no matter who it is, at least not as soon as the ’20 draft.
Is Nagy possibly part of Mitch‘s development ? Would Watson have problems in Nagy system ? I don’t think this is necessarily all on Mitch ? Submitted by John Rybow
John, it’s not all on Mitch, but Matt Nagy is definitely not holding him back. I think it’s possible Nagy has too tight a leash on Trubisky right now, but they’re still a good fit together.
The thing Bears fans just don’t want to deal with is, Trubisky is the least experienced college quarterback ever drafted in the first round. That he came to the Bears with just 13 starts in college is definitely a factor in his taking longer than some, perhaps most to develop, and when I asked Matt about that the other day, he agreed that it is definitely a factor.
If I were the Bears at this point, I’d turn him loose, give Trubisky the entire playbook and send him out there to make plays, instead of giving him game plans mostly designed to help him avoid mistakes.
But Nagy’s resume suggests he definitely knows how to develop quarterbacks.
What can the Bears do to get get a w this week? Submitted by Gabe
Gabe, my hope is they will stay with the run — at least 40-to-45% of the time, if not 50% — whether it is producing big plays or not.
The Eagles defense has been susceptible to the big play and they are especially pedestrian at cornerback, so the Bears should be able to get Gabriel or Miller deep more than once.
On defense, the Bears haven’t pressured a quarterback since Kirk Cousins and the Vikings were in town Week 4, and they are going to have to harass Carson Wentz all day and drop him at least a couple times to get the Eagles on their heels.
Assuming DeSean Jackson is back, they can’t get neat for the big play and they must win the TO/TA ratio battle, avoid dumb penalties and stay in front of the chains and win the field position and time-of-possession battles.
Do you think the Bears will draft a qb next year and sign an experienced qb? Submitted by Craig Thomas
Yes Craig, I think they will do both, but I don’t se them drafting one early. Unless things get really out of hand the rest of the way this year, I expect Trubisky back for at least one more season and I don’t see Daniel or Bray returning.
Given the Bears and their current salary cap status do they really have any option other than sticking with Mitch through 2020? Submitted by John Skiba
John, it is unclear at this point what exactly the Bears' cap status will be. The Cap has gone up about $10 million a season the past four or five years. I’m assuming Kyle Long won’t be back. Danny Trevathan is a free agent, and there’s no guarantee Prince Amukamara won’t be a cap casualty.
It is not a guarantee the Bears will have cap issues, and options like Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton — to name a few — may not be as expensive as you think.
I do think Mitch will be back at least one more year, and I expect the team will sign a veteran to come in and compete with him.