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Matt Nagy’s Road to Chicago is Unlike One Anyone Has Ever Traveled and Other Bullets

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I started off my morning pouring a bowl of cereal and realizing I didn’t have any milk. Oops. Well, at least I don’t need milk to have coffee.

  • HOLY must-read:

  • We often think about a coach’s path to being the head coach as a process that moves from player, to position coach, and coordinator before getting the big job. Nagy’s path to becoming a head coach is far more winding than the traditional ones are. So much had to go right for Nagy to have the opportunity he has today. Between the sacrifices he (and his family) made, risks he took, and people who took a chance on him, there were plenty of variables and things that could have gone sideways … but didn’t. Nagy’s story is one of perseverance, faith, and hard work. Maybe that’s why he has been what he has as a coach all these years.
  • And in a stroke of coincidence, it was on this date last year when the Bears requested an interview with Nagy when he was still the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. We wrote about it here and highlighted the jump the offense made after he was handed play-calling duties. It’s funny to think about this line:

Nagy was a fringe candidate earlier in the season when the team jumped out to a 5-0 start, but his unit’s late-season rebirth has put him at the top of several coaching search lists.

  • Almost makes you wonder what would have happened if Andy Reid didn’t give Nagy some newfound, late-season responsibilities last season. On second thought, I don’t want to think about not having Nagy coaching the 2018 Bears.
  • Nagy’s arrival changed the vibe in the room at Halas Hall, but trading for Khalil Mack set the Bears franchise on a different course:

  • Wiederer takes us on a journey detailing the four-month stretch that changed the trajectory of the franchise and ultimately shifted power in the NFC North in 2018 (and possibly beyond that).
  • But on a serious note, who’s been eating the grapes?

  • The best part about this list is that Mitch Trubisky isn’t on it:

  • This was not a throwaway, but a damn good throw:

https://twitter.com/TGdadon1/status/1080197504233340933

  • So many questions and not enough answers:

  • Not sure how you can watch every snap of every Bears game and come away ranking Trubisky 30th among 33 quarterbacks who qualified for the leaderboard. You can check out the rankings in full here.
  • PFF’s quarterback rankings often leave me scratching my head, but their analysis at pretty much every other position feels right. And I’m not just saying that because Jordan Howard ended up on PFF’s Week 17 Team of the Week as the highest-graded running back. Howard turned 21 rushes into 109 yards, two touchdowns, and a nomination as FedEx’s Ground Player of the Week.
  • I’m still not over how the Bears bullied the Vikings in Week 17:

  • Over at BetChicago.com, Marcus DiNitto outlines how you can turn a $100 bet into $2,567 if the Bears win the Super Bowl. If that’s your kind of investment, I don’t see any issues here.
  • Super Bears, Super Bowl? History suggests it’s a lock:

  • *puts Bears at 100/1 ticket into a locked safe*
  • I didn’t want to act like I didn’t see it (because I did) but I’m really hesitant to take a rumor like this and run with it:

  • Especially when it’s refuted in short order:

  • And yes, the Bears trading for Antonio Brown would be ridiculously fun for an offense that does unique things with its playmakers. But the cost of doing business – if it even comes to it – will be mighty high if you consider draft picks and contract fit. The Khalil Mack situation taught us never to rule anything out, but the Bears don’t appear to be a likely or logical landing spot.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.