Mike Davis, Buster Skrine and Cordarrelle Patterson offered their first public comments to the media as members of the Bears on Thursday, and each player independently brought up the same thing: How good their impression is of the culture at Halas Hall.
“Just the culture they’ve got, the swag they’ve brought in this whole entire year, the great year they had,” Patterson said, when asked what about the Bears appealed to him most. “The culture their coach brought in, I want to be a part of that culture.”
Patterson won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in February, and leaves a team with the ultimate winning culture. But for social media-active players, it would’ve been hard to miss the clips of “Club Dub,” or defensive celebrations, or innovative goal-line plays. Word, too, gets around the NFL from player to player, team to team, locker room to locker room.
And it’s clear that word got around about just how good a culture the Bears have.
“I definitely think a lot of players want to play for (Matt Nagy),” Skrine, who played for the New York Jets in 2018, said. “Just from the outside looking in, which is I was pretty much on last year, when you watch the Bears every week on ESPN, it looks they're having fun and they're winning. That's what everyone wants — you want to have fun while you're winning — but at the end of the day it is a business. But for me, just watching the Bears play last year, I could tell the team enjoyed doing what they were doing.”
Culture won’t create any additional cap space, nor will it win a team a Super Bowl. It’s important to have, but not more important than having good players and coaches.
Still, a good culture counts for something. And when players around the league are talking about how good a team’s culture is, that’s not to be dismissed.
“It’s a team on the rise,” Davis said. “They went 12-4 last year. It’s a playoff team. It’s a great city, Chicago. I’m ready to go to work.”