Bears

The Bears' culture created by Matt Nagy is resonating across the NFL

12-31mattnagy.jpg
USA Today

The Bears' culture created by Matt Nagy is resonating across the NFL

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.”

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

khalil.jpg
USA TODAY

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

nagyhalftruths010419_1920x1080.jpg
USA Today

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will. 

The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season

Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say

Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.

Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!