Bears coach Matt Nagy has maintained a steady and calm demeanor throughout the 2019 season, one which has fallen short of expectations in Chicago and around the NFL. But his team's current three-game winning streak has kept postseason hopes alive, even if just barely.
And while Nagy may fill postgame press conferences with a bunch of cliches and coach-speak, his on-field personality is a better reflection of the former quarterback he actually is.
Nagy was mic'd up for the Bears' Week 14 win over the Cowboys and it's easy to see why he's been able to keep this team together despite such a trying season. Other locker rooms might have fractured under the pressure that comes along with failure. Not Chicago's. And it's in large part due to the culture Nagy's created.
Here's a sneak peek into what's led to Nagy's 19-10 record through nearly two seasons on the job:
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For today's podcast for Super Bowl week in Miami, host Laurence Holmes has two separate discussions with two great guests. Kevin Clark and Robert Mays of the Ringer join the podcast to discuss why the Chiefs and Niners are in the Super Bowl and what the Bears are missing that's holding them back from a Super Bowl.
Part 1 with Kevin Clark
(2:19) - All the NFL players wanted to talk about Kobe Bryant at Media Night
(5:58) - What is the Ringer?
(7:24) - There is a lot that can be learned from Kyle Shanahan
(11:16) - What is Matt Nagy doing wrong with the Bears
(13:36) - What should the Bears do with Mitch Trubisky?
Part 2 with Robert Mays
(20:21) - Interview starts with Mays/ innovation of offense with Reid and Shanahan
(22:31) - Shanahan had the coolest offense Mays has ever seen
(25:16) - Can Matt Nagy be Shanahan?
(26:55) - What are the Bears options at QB?
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
The story of the Chicago Bears 2017 NFL draft is a tale of what could've been. Had GM Ryan Pace decided now-Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes was a better quarterback prospect Mitch Trubisky, it's conceivable that Chicago, not Kansas City, would be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
It's a nightmare Bears fans will live through for years and years (and years, and years). And that nightmare isn't limited to the Soldier Field faithful. Coach Matt Nagy has first-hand experience of what life in Mahomes could've been like in Chicago after working with the strong-armed gunslinger as the Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2017.
Mahomes, who sat that season behind veteran Alex Smith, said Nagy was a big influence in his first year as a pro.
Mahomes attempted just 35 passes that season, but Nagy's role in his jump from Texas Tech to the NFL made a lasting impact.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Nagy after two seasons with Trubisky. It isn't necessarily Nagy's fault, although questions about his play-calling ran wild throughout the 2019 season. But Trubisky's physical skill-set isn't (nor will it ever be) comparable to Mahomes'. There's a lot less for Nagy to work with and we may never see his real impact on the quarterback room until the Bears decide to move on from the former second overall pick.
Mahomes will forever haunt Bears fans. But maybe, just maybe, hope remains with Nagy in charge. And maybe, just maybe, he'll have the same Mahomes-effect on whoever QB-next is in Chicago.