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nfl: bears select young qb guru as head coach


the chicago bears, looking for a coach to get the most out of quarterback mitchell trubisky and help them emerge from one of their worst runs, hired kansas city offensive coordinator matt nagy on monday.nagy, 39, spent the past 10 seasons working under andy reid in philadelphia and kansas city. he did not call plays until late this season, but drew praise for his work with chiefs qb alex smith. nagy was a quarterback at delaware and in the arena football league.“up-and-coming, smart guy,” chiefs assistant head coach brad childress said of nagy. “he’s played the quarterback position, so he gets it. he knows how to teach. he’s got a great demeanor about him. he’s got a creative mind.”nagy replaces john fox, who was fired after he went 14-34 in three seasons for a .292 winning percentage that






14 potential head-coaching candidates for the bears


the bears will begin their third search for a head coach since 2013, and there’s no question they will put an emphasis on finding someone with an offensive background who can bring out the talents of quarterback mitch trubisky. but just because they will prioritize an offensive coach doesn’t rule out coaches with other backgrounds.here are thumbnails of 14 candidates the bears might consider.






14 potential head-coaching candidates for the bears


the bears are expected to begin their third search for a head coach since 2013, and there’s no question they will put an emphasis on finding someone with an offensive background who can bring out the talents of quarterback mitch trubisky. but just because they will prioritize an offensive coach doesn’t rule out coaches with other backgrounds.here are thumbnails of 14 candidates the bears might consider.






can someone explain john fox? somebody? anybody?


snark — melts in your mouth, not in your hand:john fox said he was encouraged during the last three weeks of practices because it's “the furthest along that we’ve been’’ in his tenure as bears coach. let’s see, he won six games his first season, then plummeted to three, and after the three-win season he said the bears are closer than people think, but then at the draft he said the bears are rebuilding, so “furthest along’’ must be code for “i can’t believe i still have this job.’’but wait. there’s more inexplicable fox. the interim head coach always seems to carp about not having enough time to practice his players because of the new collective bargaining agreement, and fox further admits the difficulty of getting enough snaps for both the quarterback drafted with the second overall pick a






here’s matt nagy's cheat sheet for his first bears press conference


you’re right on time, matt nagy. we’ve been waiting on you, or whoever the next “you’’ would be. the george mccaskey-ted phillips bears, see, like introductory press conferences. that’s why they hold one every two or three years. and so, here you are, matt nagy.and here i am, matt nagy. we don’t know each other, but just think of me as stevie sunshine. i’m a pleaser, not a teaser, and so, i have a cheat sheet for your first press conference as bears head coach tuesday.the cheat sheet could go on and on. like, don’t resort to the cheesy vow to beat the packers because they’re the bears’ greatest rival. you know you have to beat the entire division and not just brett hundley.but look, let’s cut to the chase. the cheat sheet comes down to this:say you’re going to the playoffs next season and






bears interview vic fangio for head coaching job


the bears interviewed defensive coordinator vic fangio for their head coaching vacancy wednesday.fangio, 59, is the main architect of their defensive improvement over the last three seasons. he aspires to be a head coach, and it was logical for the bears to hear his presentation, not only because of his success, but also because they would value retaining him as defensive coordinator in the event they hire someone else for the top job.fangio’s contract with the bears expires this offseason, and he would have no shortage of suitors as a defensive coordinator elsewhere. hiring him as the head coach is the only way for the bears to ensure coaching continuity on that side of the ball after finishing ranked 10th in the nfl.whether general manager ryan pace will consider him the right fit for th






bears q&a: 2018 free agents, 2018 draft and ... 2018 coaching prospects?


the tribune's brad biggs answers your bears questions weekly.i've heard conflicting things about who ultimately owns the john fox hire. how much of this was ryan pace and how much of it was influenced by ownership and/or ernie accorsi? — @mosconmlthe bears collectively own the hiring of fox. there’s not a general manager in the nfl that is going to go off and hire a head coach that ownership doesn’t give a full thumbs up to. it doesn’t work that way. sure, gm’s have the power to choose their head coach but in that process, they’re consulting with ownership. so, the mccaskeys and everyone else you can envision with juice at halas hall was on board with the selection of fox. accorsi was hired as a consultant to assist the franchise with the hiring of the gm pace. he stayed around and had a s






bears officially place willie young on injured reserve


the bears have officially placed linebacker willie young on injured reserve, a move that was imminent with young needing surgery on a torn triceps muscle.young’s eighth nfl season and fourth with the bears is now over and head coach john fox is again left to reshuffle his injury-depleted defense.the bears were without five opening day defensive starters for monday’s 20-17 home loss to the vikings. in addition to the season-ending injuries suffered by young, jerrell freeman (torn pec in week 1) and quintin demps (broken arm in week 3), cornerback marcus cooper missed monday’s game with back spasms and inside linebacker danny trevathan was serving a one-game suspension for a dangerous hit on packers receiver davante adams.in his four seasons with the bears, young has recorded 26 sacks in 50






bears q&a: will the bears make the playoffs next season (assuming there's a coac


the tribune’s brad biggs answers your bears questions weekly.has there ever been an instance (other than buddy ryan) where an incoming coaching staff hired members of the previous staff? — @mklcolvinsure. that happens regularly. john fox kept clint hurtt as his outside linebackers coach before hurtt departed after last season to become the defensive line coach in seattle. fox also retained wide receivers coach mike groh from the previous staff. former coach marc trestman retained jon hoke from the previous staff as his defensive backs coach. lovie smith retained vance bedford as the defensive backs coach from the previous staff. those are just a couple examples from halas hall when looking at the last few coaching staffs. if the bears make a coaching change next week, it wouldn’t be a surp






bears deny vic fangio interview with bengals, but he'll be free to talk soon


a league source said the bears denied a request from the bengals to interview defensive coordinator vic fangio for an expected opening on their staff.bengals defensive coordinator paul guenther is expected to join jon gruden with the raiders.fangio, the bears defensive coordinator under john fox for three seasons, remains in the mix for the bears’ head coach vacancy. on wednesday, fangio was the first candidate to interview for that job with general manager ryan pace.however, fangio will be free to meet with other teams, including the bengals, beginning tuesday. at that point the bears will not be able to block fangio because both his three-year contract and the grace period at the end of the season that prevents coaches from bolting immediately without permission will have expired.the nfc






bears fire coach john fox after a 5-11 season


lake forest, ill. — the chicago bears fired john fox on monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.the dismissal came one day after the bears lost at nfc north champion minnesota to finish 5-11."today is the tough part of our results-oriented business," fox said in a statement.chicago has had four consecutive losing seasons — each with 10 or more losses. the bears haven't finished above .500 since they let lovie smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012. they haven't been to the playoffs since 2010.fox was 14-34 in his three years with chicago, a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second lowest for the bears. only abe gibron was worse — 11-30-1 (.274) from 1972-74.even so, cornerback prince amukamara said there were plenty of






any jim harbaugh rumor is a good rumor for the bears


putting up the snarksmas lights:michigan coach jim harbaugh became a hot nfl candidate over the weekend, according to fox sports’ jay glazer.the report that nfl teams believe they can pull harbaugh from his alma mater apparently grew after harbaugh’s wolverines lost to evil, dreaded rival ohio state. again. harbaugh always loses to ohio state. but then, john fox always to loses to almost everyone.the bears need an offensive-minded head coach. do the bears know they need an offensive-minded head coach? quick, someone tell the bears they need an offensive-minded head coach and have needed that guy since mitch trubisky was drafted in april.as coach of the 49ers, harbaugh went to one super bowl and three straight nfc title games. the bears have been to one super bowl and three conference champ






bears hire matt nagy as franchise's 16th head coach


a week after the chicago bears set out to find the 16th coach in franchise history, they have their man.the team named kansas city chiefs offensive coordinator matt nagy, 39, as the next head coach after a weeklong search. the bears became the second team to fill a vacancy, following the oakland raiders, who previously named jon gruden head coach.the bears will introduce nagy at a news conference on tuesday at halas hall.nagy was the last of six known candidates to interview with the bears, meeting with them on sunday, a day after the chiefs blew a second-half lead and lost to the tennessee titans in the wild-card round. nagy, a longtime assistant under andy reid, will be charged with building an offense to bring out the best in quarterback mitch trubisky.the bears hope to retain defensive






john fox on what’s in store for coaching future: ‘we’re not quite there yet’


when john fox completed what most expect to be his last practice as bears coach friday, he began his post-workout media session at halas hall by recalling the first time he lost a job in the nfl.he was a 36-year-old defensive backs coach with the 1991 steelers and longtime head coach chuck noll resigned, leaving fox out of a job too. fox latched on with the chargers the next season and has had little trouble finding work over 26 years and three head-coaching positions since.those experiences shaped his attitude all season as he faced rumors about his future with the bears, speculation that will come to a resolution after sunday’s season finale against the vikings in minnesota.“the minute that happened (in pittsburgh), it was made public, i had the choice of about four jobs,” fox said. “so






new bears coach always better than the last one, and not as good as the next one


and so … the new guy. another clay pigeon at the carnival.is this the guy, or just another guy? this guy with a one-ply resume and a three-day beard? is this the guy who can make a gawd-awful football team into a mediocre one?generously, the tenure of the fresh bears coach already is being referred to as an “era,” a chicago designation usually saved for mayors named daley and basketball players named jordan.the rose hidden in the heart of every bears fan needs only the lightest fertilizer to bloom.these things are always more about optimism than expectation. as is the case with both bears coaches and bears quarterbacks, the next guy is always better than the last one.history is not this guy’s friend. every few years, the bears rummage around in other people’s laundry until they find the cl






new bears coach always better than the last one, and not as good as the next one


and so … the new guy. another clay pigeon at the carnival.is this the guy, or just another guy? this guy with a one-ply resume and a three-day beard? is this the guy who can make a gawd-awful football team into a mediocre one?generously, the tenure of the fresh bears coach already is being referred to as an “era,” a chicago designation usually saved for mayors named daley and basketball players named jordan.the rose hidden in the heart of every bears fan needs only the lightest fertilizer to bloom.these things are always more about optimism than expectation. as is the case with both bears coaches and bears quarterbacks, the next guy is always better than the last one.history is not this guy’s friend. every few years, the bears rummage around in other people’s laundry until they find the cl






john fox's future with bears more complicated than it looks on surface


two victories into the bears season, a surprising question keeps popping up.how many games do the bears have to win for john fox to keep his job?the surprise implicit in the question is that fox actually might get to stick around beyond this year.coach as sacrificial victim is nothing new. a team loses and somebody has to pay. a team loses and loses and, depending on how long his contract is, the coach eventually has to go.there is no proportion or perspective to these things. with just nine victories in 32 games in his first two years there long has been an assumption this season is it for fox. he's in the third year of a four-year deal. the thinking is the bears weren't willing to eat half the contract, but one season might be squeezed under their financial bottom line.now the coach has






what should the bears want in a new coach? it's simple, just be ...


the list of great bears coaches is as short as the list of great bears quarterbacks, one of each, more by chance than design, though the coincidence is hard to ignore.as the echoes of infrequent glory further fade, questions must be asked. helpfully, the answers are provided.question: how hard will it be to follow john fox?answer: as difficult as tracking a snail on a paper plate.what can be said about the next coach that has not been said already about fox?what a funny guy.which is better, a college coach, an untried nfl defensive or offensive coordinator or a veteran, successful head coach with an impressive resume?jon gruden.what is the most important consideration in developing quarterback mitch trubisky?again, jon gruden.what one aspect of the game, other than teaching the open-field






bears add eagles qb coach john defilippo to interview list


the bears would love for mitch trubisky’s career arc to pattern after carson wentz in year 2, and to that end they’re reaching out to one of the coaches who helped develop the eagles quarterback.the bears have requested permission to interview quarterbacks coach john defilippo, a rising star and a guy who has received a lot of credit for the rapid ascension of wentz. espn and nfl network reported defilippo is in the mix, and because the eagles have a first-round bye as the no. 1 seed in the nfc playoffs, the bears will have to meet with him this week. the bears have also sought permission to interview panthers defensive coordinator steve wilks, although that meeting cannot take place until next week as the panthers are playing in the wild-card round this weekend.defilippo, 39, is viewed by






chicago bears swap picks with san francisco 49ers to select qb mitchell trubisky


2. chicago bears: mitchell trubisky, qb, north carolinatrubisky, a one-year starter for the tar heels, set single-season school records for passing yards (3,748), completions (304) and touchdown passes (30). he had just six interceptions.quick take: head fake by the bears, who looked like they were going for defense. bad news for just-acquired mike glennon.






chicago bears swap picks with san francisco 49ers to select qb mitchell trubisky


2. chicago bears: mitchell trubisky, qb, north carolinatrubisky, a one-year starter for the tar heels, set single-season school records for passing yards (3,748), completions (304), and touchdown passes (30). he had just six interceptions.quick take: head fake by the bears, who looked like they were going for defense. bad news for just-acquired mike glennon.






bears interview vic fangio for head coaching job; vikings coordinators up next


the bears interviewed defensive coordinator vic fangio for their head coaching vacancy wednesday, while their pursuit of other coaches with defensive backgrounds shifted and evolved.as of wednesday afternoon, the bears had not submitted to the panthers a formal request to interview defensive coordinator/assistant head coach steve wilks, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.by midday monday, the bears had informally expressed interest in considering wilks for the job, two league sources said. but an official request to interview him had not materialized more than two days later.what that means for wilks’ chances isn’t exactly clear. he can’t meet with teams until after the panthers’ wild-card round game sunday. then his schedule is filling up. he is set to interview wit






with bears, former salesman matt nagy has chance to make name for himself


matt nagy? is that pronounced naggy? are we sure on that? not naygee or noggee? maybe if bears fans had heard more about him in the run-up to his hiring as head coach, they’d know for sure.guess they can just call him coach matt for now. there’s plenty of time between now and the first opportunity to second-guess him to get that worked out.the 39-year-old nagy was hired monday as the bears’ new coach, the 16th in team history, replacing john fox. born in plainfield, n.j., nagy grew up in lancaster, pa., and quarterbacked his manheim central high school team to back-to-back state finals in the mid-1990s. he went on to become a record-setting quarterback at the university of delaware and played six years in the arena football league. most recently, he was an assistant under highly regarded c






young guru reveals how fans can get jay-z's "adnis" track


about a week before jay-z unleashed 4:44, the roc nation honcho teased the project with a black-and-white visual featuring the new song, “adnis.” despite being absent from the digital version, the track will appear on physical copies of the album.read: rev. al sharpton has a message for jay-z following ‘4:44′ referenceaccording to young guru (hov’s longtime engineer), the song will be featured along with possible bonus tracks.“guys calm down ‘adnis’ will be on the physical copies,” guru tweeted friday (june 30), before adding the he might “slip a couple other songs” into the mix.hov’s 4:44 album debuted on tidal on friday  to rave reviews from music critics and fans alike. although no date has been set for the physical release, 4:44 will expand to apple music and itunes next week.peep guru






don’t overthink it, bears: fire john fox now and make vic fangio the interim coa


perhaps you missed this significant piece of science news reportedly recently:astronomers saw a potentially habitable planet hurtling towards us, and i’m thinking, if it’s already inhabited, then maybe someone there knows why john fox remains coach of the bears.because i can’t find one earthly reason for it.hasn’t fox earned a permanent siesta? a lull forever?if his team can embarrass itself against the evil, dreaded rival packers and then the coach can stand up there a week later and say his team goes to sleep for parts of games, then isn’t that a wakeup call for a new coach?geez, the alarm has been resounding since last year. but ownership and management apparently are as somnambulant between games as fox’s players are during them. stop the stupid.fox’s teams are 12-30 overall and 3-13 i






nfl notes: bears meet with shurmur, mcdaniels about head coaching job


the chicago bears interviewed the offensive coordinators in minnesota and new england for their coaching job on friday.the bears met with pat shurmur in minnesota in the morning before meeting josh mcdaniels in new england. chicago is looking to replace the fired john fox, and both candidates have head coaching experience as well as reputations for developing quarterbacks. the bears are looking to get the most out of mitchell trubisky, the no. 2 overall pick in the draft last spring.shurmur was 9-23 as the cleveland browns' coach from 2011-12. he returned for a second stint as philadelphia's offensive coordinator from 2013-15. he joined the vikings as tight ends coach in 2016. he served as interim offensive coordinator for the final nine games that year following the resignation of norv tu






bob stoops: buying property in chicago has nothing to do with bears job


just because a super-successful college coach buys a second gold coast home a month before surprisingly retiring doesn't mean he's angling to be the next head coach of the bears.that's the angle some are wondering about since bob stoops retired june 7 after nearly two decades in charge of the oklahoma sooners football program, which he guided to one national championship. the 56-year-old stoops paid $2.25 million for a gold coast property in may, the tribune reported, and it happens to be next door to one he has owned since 2006 and used as a vacation property.the bears have gone 9-23 under coach john fox, who enters year 3 under pressure to succeed. combine stoops' real estate maneuvers, his free agency in the coaching profession and the bears' ongoing struggles and you have a hot take.it






10 thoughts on the bears' 31-3 loss to the eagles


10 thoughts after the chicago bears suffered their worst loss of the season on sunday, losing to the philadelphia eagles 31-3 at lincoln financial field.1. the no. 1 question that keeps coming in via email and on twitter is will the bears fire john fox and anoint an interim head coach for the remainder of the season?folks have wondered about it for a while and the public demands, rarely something clubs pay particular attention to, are escalating. before, the first thing i remind people is that the bears, to my knowledge anyway, have never replaced a head coach during the season. if chairman of the board george mccaskey didn’t demand a change during 2014 when the bears were outscored 106-37 in consecutive losses to the patriots and packers, he’s not going to do anything now, right? nothing






can someone knock on ryan pace’s door and tell him his coach needs to be fired?


bears coach john farce tried to defend his coaching staff’s handling of the worst challenge in the history of the nfl by saying he has “very smart guys’’ who suggest whether to throw the red flag, and i’m thinking, yeah, they’re so smart that the head coach admitted nobody considered the possibility of a touchback.it’s as if john farce is daring the bears to fire him.but no. didn’t happen. unfortunately. because there he was this week, standing up to represent the once-proud franchise formerly known as the bears, still employed after an embarrassing home loss to the bitterest of rivals because a coach and his staff didn’t know the full consequences of its actions.isn’t considering every option of every decision part of the job of the coach and his staff?yes, and so, why does john farce sti






10 thoughts on the bears' 15-14 loss to the 49ers


10 thoughts after the bears lost 15-14 sunday afternoon at soldier field to the san francisco 49ers, who couldn’t get in the end zone but got five field goals from ex-bear robbie gould and a 297-yard effort from former rolling meadows high school star jimmy garoppolo.1. here is something no one is talking about yet and the bears aren’t going to admit when this season comes to a merciful end on dec. 31 at minnesota: whatever opening or openings the bears have for employment at halas hall aren’t going to be nearly as appealing as they’d like you to believe. they’re going to pass it off as a premier destination in the nfl — but it sure isn’t right now.yes, the bears will have more appeal than the browns, who have the worst job for a football coach this side of the university of tennessee. may






bears remain in talks with vic fangio about a return


bears coach matt nagy and general manager ryan pace spent wednesday in talks with vic fangio about a return as defensive coordinator.pace confirmed that in an appearance on wscr-670 am, so the team remains in the mix to maintain continuity on defense, something that would be beneficial with nagy being a first-time coach who will oversee the offense.fangio will likely decide soon whether to return or seek a job with another organization. a prime landing spot for fangio closed tuesday when the packers hired mike pettine as defensive coordinator.the bears don’t have to hire a coach with a 3-4 background because their personnel is flexible and nagy isn’t married to a specific base defense. but bringing back fangio would give him an opportunity to build of what is in place after the bears finis






bears edge rusher willie young out for the season with triceps injury


the bears will be without outside linebacker willie young for the remainder of the 2017 season, a source told the tribune on saturday afternoon. young has a triceps tear that will require surgery, an injury setback that will further deplete the bears defense.young will become the third defensive starter lost for the season. inside linebacker jerrell freeman suffered a torn pec muscle in the season opener against the falcons. two weeks later, safety quentin demps broke his arm against the steelers. both players are currently on injured reserve and it stands to reason young will soon join them there.on the official injury report saturday, the bears listed young as doubtful for monday night's game against the vikings. the team said he was a limited participant in their thursday practice this






vic fangio's uncertain future leaves questions about repaired bears defense


vic fangio’s last news conference of the season reached its last question thursday when a media member mentioned how guys with gray hair don’t seem to get head coaching opportunities anymore.“especially if they’re not coaching offense,” fangio quipped, his own strands of gray spilling out from his bears cap.if that was fangio’s parting shot here in chicago, it was perfect. the veteran defensive coordinator knows how to strike. it was acerbic commentary from a perennial groomsman, delivered with impeccable timing as the bears prepare for a coaching change involving john fox.fangio’s future also is uncertain. his contract expires after the season, and the only way for the bears to ensure he stays is to make him the next head coach.however, management’s determination to shift quarterback mitc






why pat shurmur is a head coaching candidate for the bears


the bears are expected to interview vikings offensive coordinator pat shurmur this week as a replacement for head coach john fox, who was fired monday.the bears previously interviewed their own defensive coordinator vic fangio and were also expected to meet with vikings defensive coordinator george edwards.shurmur, 52, has been the offensive coordinator with the vikings the last two seasons and served in the same role with the eagles from 2013-15 and the rams from 2009-10. he was the head coach of the browns from 2011-12.he is a popular candidate for head coach vacancies this offseason. the minneapolis star-tribune reported shurmur also would interview with the lions and cardinals on thursday and the giants on saturday.the interest comes after shurmur guided the nfc north champion vikings






live nfl draft updates: browns select myles garrett with no. 1 pick


2. chicago bears: mitchell trubisky, qb, north carolinatrubisky, a one-year starter for the tar heels, set single-season school records for passing yards (3,748), completions (304), and touchdown passes (30). he had just six interceptions.quick take: head fake by the bears, who looked like they were going for defense. bad news for just-acquired mike glennon.






bears edge rusher willie young out for the season with triceps injury


the bears will be without outside linebacker willie young for the remainder of the 2017 season, a source told the tribune on saturday. young has a triceps tear that will require surgery, an injury setback that will further deplete the bears defense.young will become the third defensive starter lost for the season. inside linebacker jerrell freeman suffered a torn left pectoral muscle in the season opener against the falcons. two weeks later, safety quintin demps broke his left arm against the steelers. both players are currently on injured reserve and it stands to reason young will soon join them there.on the official injury report saturday, the bears listed young as doubtful for monday night's game against the vikings. the team said he was a limited participant in their thursday practice






concentration p themed escape room a bad idea / boing boing


as the united states continues to head down a dark, dark road more bomb threats have been phoned in against jewish community centers across america. via nbc: jewish community centers around the country were again targeted with bomb threats wednesday morning, a week after a spate of similar threats against many centers. in miami, police […]felicia herman writes: the anti-defamation league and the natan fund are pleased to announce innovate against hate, an innovation prize intended to catalyze the creation of gr roots approaches to counter the rise of hate online, to deter abuse, and to protect users from cyber har ment. while the findings in a recent adl study documenting a […][email protected] adam yauch park in brooklyn heights was left defaced with ugly symbols of hate today. this cannot be