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The Bear’s Den: January 12, 2018

Nagy adds coaches to his staff, foreshadowing an aggressive, wide open new Bears offense

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Talarico: How Does Matt Nagy Benefit Tarik Cohen? - Da Bears Brothers - Tarik Cohen is bursting with potential. Matt Nagy is the right guy to unleash it and make Cohen the playmaker we believe he can become.

Ingalls: Projecting Matt Nagy’s Complete Staff – Offense - Da Bears Brothers - In his debut article, Will Ingalls projects what Matt Nagy's offensive staff may end up looking like when it's all said and done.

Tidwell: At a Snail’s Pace - Da Bears Brothers - Ryan Pace is setting up the Chicago Bears for long-term success with his "low and slow" method of building a roster.

Wiederer & Campbell: How equipped is Matt Nagy to succeed as Bears coach? - Chicago Tribune - How can new coach Matt Nagy best re-energize the Bears? What is it about his leadership style and coaching acumen that blew general manager Ryan Pace away?

Bear attacks Packers fan in southwest Florida - Chicago Tribune - A Green Bay Packers fan in Florida says he was letting his dog outside in Florida when a large bear attacked him.

Coordinator watch: Bears waiting on Vic Fangio - Chicago Tribune - General manager Ryan Pace and new coach Matt Nagy both have been in contact with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio so lines of communication have remained open for his return, but Fangio clearly has requested time to make a decision.

Bannon: OK, hold on, so how do you pronounce Nagy? - Chicago Tribune - Three days after Bears hired Matt Nagy as their new coach, pronunciation of his name remains scrambled.

Biggs: Matt Nagy gets creative quickly in hiring Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator - Chicago Tribune - - Adding former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator reinforces the idea coach Matt Nagy intends to incorporate elements of the West Coast offense with the college spread offense.

Potash: It's all about the QB, but Adam Shaheen, Tarik Cohen will be Matt Nagy projects - Chicago Sun-Times - Getting more from players currently on the roster will be a big key to Nagy’s success. Among Trubisky’s supporting cast, Shaheen might be Exhibit A.

Jahns: Bears will hire former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as Matt Nagy's OC - Chicago Sun-Times - Helfrich, a former quarterback at Southern Oregon, is most noted for working under Chip Kelly at Oregon.

Potash: As he waits for Vic Fangio, new Bears coach Matt Nagy off to fast start on staff - Chicago Sun-Times - But with or without Fangio, Nagy’s early work in building a coaching staff has been impressive, on paper.

Greenberg: Mitch Trubisky, Yoan Moncada or Patrick Sharp - which No. 10 finds success first? - Chicago Sun-Times - You ask, I answer. You make a declarative statement, I still answer. Let's talk Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and more. It's Your Turn.

Finley: Three ways new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich can shape Bears attack - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy found his offensive-minded deputy Thursday when former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich agreed to be his offensive coordinator.

LeGere: Chicago Bears hire former Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich as their new offensive coordinator.

Hub Arkush: What did Matt Nagy learn from Andy Reid? - Pro Football Weekly - Details! And Nagy will be as good as Bears coaches around him

Arthur Arkush: Here's why Chicago Bears' hiring of new OC Mark Helfrich is a good one - Pro Football Weekly - Helfrich has vast experience in spread offense new Bears coach Nagy will infuse in his own

PFW Chicago Podcast 100: Bears, Nagy . . . and Messmer? - Pro Football Weekly - On the 100th episode of our show, Arthur and Hub, of course, talk new coach Matt Nagy and the already impressive staff he's beginning to assemble. We explain why the Nagy-Pace and Nagy-Trubisky pairings are so exciting, and dive into the assistant hires already known and address the elephant in the room and whether it'll be the next home-run hire. Last but most certainly not least, the guys become starry-eyed when a special guest makes an unexpected appearance on episode No. 100 — legendary Chicago sports icon Wayne Messmer, who adds his take on the exciting new chapter in Bears history.

Mayer: Nagy’s unique background enticed Pace - - A key factor in general manager Ryan Pace’s decision to hire Matt Nagy as Bears coach was his experience as an Arena League quarterback and assistant under Andy Reid.

Hoge: Partnership Between Pace, Nagy Appears Promising - WGN Radio - It’s easy to see why Pace and Nagy hit it off. They are similar in age, demeanor, confidence and the way they talk about football.

Some More “Inside” Information on the Hiring of Matt Nagy - Da Bears Blog - Chris Ballard and the Colts thought Nagy was going to be their next coach. Wanna know how close Ballard and Nagy are? Their kids are on the same youth sports teams in wherever-they-live Kansas City. These guys aren’t just colleagues. They are friends.

Patra: Bears adding Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator - - The Bears are finalizing a deal with former Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich to be Chicago's new offensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

Wiederer & Campbell: How equipped is Matt Nagy to succeed as Bears coach? - Chicago Tribune - How can new coach Matt Nagy best re-energize the Bears? What is it about his leadership style and coaching acumen that blew general manager Ryan Pace away?

Goe: Tarik Cohen's future? Ducks look for ways to make their high-voltage TAZR package a bigger part of the offense | - LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner are double trouble for any defense. Helmet Tip to Double Duck

AP Bear attacks Packers fan in southwest Florida - WGN-TV - A man says he was letting his dog outside in Florida when a large bear attacked him. Andrew Meunier, who was wearing a Green Bay Packers T-shirt during media interviews, says he let his dog out of his home about 11 p.m.

Renner: Why Matt Nagy could be just what Trubisky needs in Chicago - Pro Football Focus - Mike Renner dives deep into what made new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy so successful in Kansas City, and how that can translate over to his new franchise quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.


Florio: NFL “will look into” Raiders’ head-coaching hire – ProFootballTalk - The Fritz Pollard Alliance has changed its tune on the Raiders' compliance with the Rooney Rule in connection with the hiring of coach Jon Gruden. The NFL may now do the same.

Florio: NFL has no rule or policy regarding hiring a new coach before firing the old one – ProFootballTalk - The NFL has spoken. Sort of. In response to a question first posed last week regarding whether the league permits a team to reach an agreement in principle with a new coach before firing the current coach, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart tells PFT, "There is no league rule or policy on this.


Reisman: Lions wait, New York Giants head coaching search reportedly down to 3 candidates - Pride Of Detroit - Yes, Matt Patricia is one of them.

Western: Packers keep Joe Whitt with promotion to defensive passing game coordinator - Acme Packing Company - One of the Packers’ top assistant coaches has a new title for 2018.


Zeglinski: Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator - Windy City Gridiron - Matt Nagy continues to swing for the fences with his staff, bringing in another respected offensive mind in the former Oregon coach Helfrich.

Wiltfong: Bear mauls Packers’ fan - Windy City Gridiron - This is one of those ‘you have to see it to believe it’ stories, and even after seeing it, it’s still quite unbelievable.

Curl: Stats from the Chiefs offense that should be encouraging for the 2018 Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Former Chiefs’ offensive-coordinator Matt Nagy, is the new Bears’ head coach, and a numerical look at the Chiefs’ offense yields some exciting tidly-bits

MNchiefsfan: Shattering Myths -The Chiefs second half offensive failures - Arrowhead Pride - Why do you believe what you believe? That’s a pretty loaded question, make no mistake. But it is an important one. Why is it important? Because a belief is, in general, only as good as its...


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