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Matt Nagy ‘couldn’t be happier’ for Vic Fangio as he takes over as Broncos head coach

Matt Nagy ‘couldn’t be happier’ for Vic Fangio as he takes over as Broncos head coach

Matt Nagy has mixed emotions about losing his defensive coordinator.

He’s now tasked with finding a new coach to run his defense and try to pick up where Vic Fangio left off, but it’s also a compliment that his right-hand man was chosen to lead another team because of how well he worked with Nagy.

The Bears head coach released a statement Thursday, along with general manager Ryan Pace, thanking Fangio for his work in Chicago.

“I know what it means to him to get his chance in Denver,” Nagy wrote. “It is bittersweet to move on, but he has more than earned this opportunity and I could not be happier for him.”

Pace’s statement expressed similar gratitude to the coach he worked with for the last four seasons, a key holdover from the John Fox regime.

“We will continue to build upon the foundation he helped establish,” Pace said. “Under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Nagy and the rest of his coaching staff, we are confident in the development and improvement of a talented defensive unit.”

Replacing Fangio in Chicago will be a major decision for Nagy as he tries to build on the success of 2018, and potential candidates are already coming off the market as other teams fill out their coaching staffs.

Bears still have league-average amount of salary cap space left

Bears still have league-average amount of salary cap space left

Free agency has slowed to crawl a little more than a week into the process, and the Bears still have some money to spend.

Ryan Pace made multiple moves to clear up additional salary cap space this offseason, but he spent his money cautiously.

Even with five outside signings under contract, he still has the space to make some more moves.

As of Friday, the Bears have just under $17 million in cap space, the 16th-most in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Pace has more money to work with now than he did before the team started releasing players to clear space.

He still has to keep some cap available to sign their draft picks as well as an emergency fund for the season, but the Bears have more than enough money left to add an impact player or two on the open market.

The pool of talent to pick from continues to shrink, but Pace can still find quality options that could come at a bargain the longer they sit on the open market.

 

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Chicago Football Madness Rd. of 32: Chalk dominates the 1st round, with some notable exceptions

Chicago Football Madness Rd. of 32: Chalk dominates the 1st round, with some notable exceptions

Excitement for the Bears are at an all-time high, so while March Madness and the NCAA Tournament begin, we still have Bears on the mind. So we've created Chicago Bears Football Madness, pitting players from the three best Bears teams and legends head-to-head.

THIS. IS. STILL. MARCH. 

The first round of our inaugural Chicago Football Madness Tournament is over, and friends, it was kind of anti-climatic -- except for Jay Cutler advancing, that rules. 

Out of all the 32 Opening Round matchups, only two underdogs moved on: Robbie Gould and The Fridge. Now, Gould's got a tough matchup against 2-seed Lance Briggs, and there's no rest for the Perry (this joke works, right?) as he takes on Walter Payton. 

Keep sending the votes in! You can find all the matchups over on our Twitter account, or on the website, because we like to give you options. 

RD. OF 32 REGIONS:

1985 Bracket

2006 Bracket

2018 Bracket

Legends/Others Bracket

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