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Monday Night Football makes a major change

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Monday Night Football makes a major change

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- "Monday Night Football" is switching to a two-man booth. Analyst Ron Jaworski has signed a five-year contract extension to appear on other programming on ESPN and will no longer join play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and color commentator Jon Gruden on Monday nights, the network said Wednesday. Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, will work various ESPN studio shows year-round, often focusing on his specialty of breaking down video. "With him doing one game each week, we don't necessarily believe we were getting the best Ron Jaworski had to offer to the network," executive vice president Norby Williamson said. Jaworski called "Monday Night Football" games the past five seasons. Gruden, the former Raiders and Buccaneers coach, joined MNF in 2009 and agreed to a five-year extension in October. This is the first time in 15 years ESPN has used a two-person lead team on its NFL game coverage. "There was nothing broken about Monday Night Football,'" Williamson said. He said network executives believed Tirico and Gruden worked well as a two-man booth and there was no need to add a third person. "I fully expect Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden to be together for the foreseeable future," Williamson said.

Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

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Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

Matt Nagy is a few days into his first training camp as an NFL head coach, and while he's earned praise from players up and down the Chicago Bears' roster, he said Sunday after practice that he's not concerned with being a player's coach.

"I don't care about the players' coach part," he said, "but I care that they respect me and our coaches. This isn't going to happen overnight, this is something I'm trying to build with the players.

"There's so much stuff that comes into this. There are little areas where were all growing and that's where I think the respect factor comes in for all coaches."

Nagy won't make any friends with his approach to practicing in bad weather. The first few days of Bears camp have been drenched by rain but Nagy hasn't moved practice indoors. Instead, he wants his team to get used to playing in the elements. Hardly a favor to the players, even if it will prepare them for bad weather games this season.

The Bears will debut Nagy and their new offense on August 2 against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. Starters will likely play only one series, if at all. 

Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

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Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

Tarik Cohen has a knack for explaining things in an entertaining way. His description of Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy was no exception.

"He's a swag coach," Cohen said after training camp practice on Sunday.

Nagy is definitely bringing a different kind of swagger to Chicago's sideline. Maybe it's his youthful optimism that's such a pleasant change of pace from his predecessor. Maybe it's because he's just a confident guy who knows his offense is going to score a lot of points.

Cohen said he and the rest of the guys on offense are starting to feel more comfortable with Nagy's system.

"I just feel like the offense is getting comfortable faster. Everybody is tuned in and the fact we have so many good guys at so many positions is making it easier for the offense."

Learning a new system is a challenge, but learning multiple positions in a new system can be a daunting task. And it's exactly the undertaking facing Cohen, who will line up all over the field for the Bears.

"I feel like it's more mental. Now I really think I have that down pat and know where I'm going when I come in the game."

The Bears conducted their first padded practice of training camp on Sunday, a milestone that represents the next step in developing timing and efficiency for Nagy's system.

"There's a lot of things not in pads like running routes, the run game for the linemen. With pads, those holes are more realistic and you can get your keys in. You know you can get hit now and have to keep your head on a swivel."