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Nagy and Trubisky, Reid’s Influence, Pace’s Conviction, a Minor Transaction, and Other Bullets

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Happy Birthday, to us!

One year ago today, we launched the Ten-Yard Line and things are already a quite a bit different around here and Soldier Field.

The Bears have new faces at quarterback (the best among his rookie class, according to one site’s metrics) and head coach (the best head-coaching prospect Andy Reid has ever had), as well as a new-found sense of optimism based on the team’s direction under new leadership.

For those of you who were here from Day 1, I extend my sincerest gratitude. I’m thankful for your presence in the comments, on Facebook, and in our replies on Twitter. As for those of you who have joined along the way, you’re welcome here, too (I guess …), and I’m thankful for your arrival.

That we are building this community at the same time the Bears build their team from the ground up is exciting on so many levels. Thanks for being here and I hope we’re doing this for a long time and for some championship teams.

Now, let’s talk some ball …

  • Matt Nagy might be an unorthodox hire by Bears standards and the timing might have been awkward to some after the Chiefs’ offense sputtered in the second half (which Nagy took full responsibility) of their soul-crushing playoff loss to the Titans. But the energetic vibes he produces seem to make him the kind of coach NFL teams are gravitating to right now. Talk about a perfect fit for what the Bears need after three years of John Fox:

  • Ryan Pace showed the same kind of conviction in hiring Matt Nagy he last showed when drafting quarterback Mitch Trubisky, writes John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago. The Bears have never attacked the quarterback-coach combination in the way Pace has done in each of the last two seasons. In doing so, he has attached his future to that of a first-time head coach with minimal play calling experience and a quarterback with 25 starts under his belt since graduating high school. Perhaps it’s that kind out outside-the-box thinking that will move the Bears away from what they’ve been (bad).
  • As we suspected, Trubisky was part of the reason Nagy accepted the job. Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com writes about the coach-quarterback dynamic, which actually started when Nagy was digging into Trubisky as a draft prospect. During Tuesday’s press conference, Pace mentioned how he and Nagy compared the draft notes they compiled on Trubisky. Clearly, there was something Pace liked about what Nagy saw. And there was definitely something Nagy sees in Trubisky that made Chicago the right place for him to take the next step as a head coach.
  • The Bears needed someone who believed in Trubisky. In turn, they hired someone Trubisky could believe in. “A quarterback has to trust the quarterback coach,” Nagy said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. “And the quarterback coach has to trust him. That goes for the system and the philosophy. Honesty. You have to be honest. The quarterback needs to know when he’s doing something wrong or how he can get better. The coach needs to understand when he’s not teaching something the right way or he sees something wrong, he’s got to be able to admit his mistakes.”
  • Trubisky was honest this year in his self-assessment. He shouldered the blame for some costly mistakes along the way and turned them into teachable moments. You can’t say Trubisky made the same mistake twice as a rookie, which should be viewed as a clear sign of development. Then again, I’m not sure we could say the same for Fox – who infamously said Trubisky played his best after a three-interception game against the Detroit Lions.
  • Of course, Trubisky wasn’t the only factor that led Nagy to Chicago:


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.