Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start from new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Could Packers make a run at Nick Saban? One ESPN analyst thinks so

Could Packers make a run at Nick Saban? One ESPN analyst thinks so

Let's speculate! 

Earlier on Get Up, ESPN's morning talk show, TV analyst and ex-player Ryan Clark fired off this take about the Packers' head coaching search:

“If you’re Green Bay right now, you sell the farm. You sell the farm. You send everybody to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and you try to get Nick Saban to leave Alabama and become the coach. When you look at quarterback-coach relationships — Sean Payton and Drew Brees, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady — there is mutual respect and accountability there."

It's kind of a reckless heat check of punditry, but some of this stands to reason. Saban's got nothing to prove at Alabama anymore. His disastrous tenure in Miami can't sit well with him. It's Aaron Rodgers.

Rumors of Saban's NFL return pop up every year, so until there's some more substance, it's not even really a rumor yet. But wouldn't that be something! 


The Bears had the most creative playcall of the 2018 NFL season


The Bears had the most creative playcall of the 2018 NFL season

It's been the year of trick plays in the NFL, but the Bears and Matt Nagy can take home the honor of the most creative of the bunch.

Sports Illustrated ranked their top trick plays of the season this week and Santa's Sleigh came in at No. if it was really any competition.

Santa's Sleigh was the touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell in Week 14 as the Bears dismantled the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.

That play featured four — FOUR!! — defensive lineman on the field for the Bears on 3rd-and-goal plus an extra offensive lineman (Sowell) and Trubisky. 

There are so many moving parts there, but the most notable is Sowell showing off his hands with a nice catch to finish the play.

"It’s cool having a coach that’s willing to do that," said Roy Robertson-Harris, who was one of the defensive lineman on the field for that play. "It shows how fun he is. Not a lot of coaches do stuff like that, so it’s fun to be around a coach that wants to do stuff like that, having defensive players get in on the plays. You know, have fun. We’re not here to be robots, we’re here to have fun. It’s a job, but we’re having fun with it right now.”

The Bears were all over SI's trick plays list, including on the bad end of one of Odell Beckham Jr.'s long touchdown passes in that Week 13 loss. But at least the Bears weren't alone, as Beckham also victimized the Carolina Panthers in Week 5.

SI also ranked a trio of honorable mentions, including another reference to that Week 13 game when Tarik Cohen threw the game-tying touchdown pass as time expired against the Giants in a play called "Oompa Loompa":

Who knows what the Mad Scientist Nagy will dial up for his next creative playcall, but maybe it will come when the Bears host a playoff game in early January? 

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'Tis the season for magic, but then again, this entire season has been magical for the Bears.

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