Chicago hadn’t been a hot-bed for high-end free agents in recent years, but Allen Robinson’s arrival just might usher in a new era in that regard.
During a recent edition of “Big Guys in a Benz” where Bears players ride along for an interview with former defensive lineman Anthony Adams, Robinson dished on his experience in free agency and expressed what his priorities were heading into the process: “Believe it or not, the Bears were No. 1 on my list,” Robinson said. “Especially once they hired Coach Nagy, I’ve been watching his work over the last couple of years and I know it’s a system I would definitely fit into and flourish. For me, that was the No. 1 priority.”
As if you needed any more proof regarding the importance of a coaching hire, Robinson’s words speak volumes about Matt Nagy’s importance in the grand scheme of the Bears’ rebuild. It also says a lot about GM Ryan Pace, who interviewed Nagy as soon as humanly possible and locked him into a contract to make him the team’s next head coach almost immediately. To make a move with that kind of conviction and have it be something that attracts top tier free agents is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Considering that Kansas City’s receivers put up the third most deep receiving yards last season, you could see why Robinson would want to play in Nagy’s offense. From a Bears perspective, pairing Robinson and Nagy together couldn’t have happened at a better time. The Bears owned the NFL’s worst deep passing game in 2017, but that figures to change with Robinson in the mix and Nagy’s progressive play calling.
Fittingly enough, Robinson seems like just the guy who can help the Bears pick up the pace in the deep passing game:
— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 16, 2018
Robinson is one of the NFL’s best big play targets and the Bears offense aims to create big plays. You couldn’t ask for a better match. And seeing how hard Robinson has worked to be ready for training camp makes me that much more anxious to get the football season going.
Seriously, check this out:
These last 10 months has been the greatest experience I’ve had, Being tested in all facets of my life! I was tested, and I pasted that test! Praise to the most high! Camp 5, Let’s get it Chicago #BearDown #🐻⬇️ pic.twitter.com/we92it8306
— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 18, 2018