As Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy steer the Bears into the first player acquisition cycle of their partnership, they must navigate tricky dynamic. The Bears are again in transition now that Nagy has taken over as a first-time coach with his focus on igniting the offense. Transitions often take time, but in Pace’s fourth season as general manager, his 14-34 record demands immediate signs of progress. Free agency and the draft offer the Bears opportunities to build Nagy’s program with a longview while also upgrading the roster for gains in the 2018 standings. Throughout the roster-building process, we’ll learn more about Nagy’s vision and what to expect from these Bears. With the NFL scouting combine beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis, what should we hope to learn about Pace and Nagy over the next two months? What potential roster additions or changes could help the Bears transition to Nagy’s program with the necessary urgency? Bears reporters Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss in a pre-combine edition of “Real Talk.” Rich Campbell: Because Pace had his contract extended in January, Dan, and was empowered to hire his second head coach, Nagy did not arrive at Halas Hall with a clean slate. The upside to that: There are building blocks that Pace installed and the last coaching staff developed— Mitch Trubisky, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Akiem Hicks, etc. The downside, though, is that there’s significant pressure on Nagy to engineer the type of quick turnaround John Fox was expected to produce. We’ve cited the Rams often, and that example is relevant again in this discussion. A new coach with an incumbent GM can turn the team around quickly. Yet we’ve already heard Nagy emphasize how it will take time to elevate the Bears’ offense to the level of success his Chiefs achieved last season. And, to me, that’s reasonable, given the Bears’ relative inexperience at quarterback and deficiencies at other positions.
Bears have a demanding to-do list as NFL offseason activity picks up
Chicago Tribune | Feb 26