Having covered Matt Nagy for a full season, this much is certain: Nagy will not sell his soul to sign a bad guy who can help him win football games.
Continuity is everything as the Bears try to build on the momentum … that took the Bears from 31st in points allowed … in 2014 to first in 2018.
If the Bears had beaten the Eagles, they would have met their seed and arguably had a free roll the rest of the playoffs.
With only Prince Amukamara reaching 30 … this defense is loaded with players still getting better — the average age of the top 15 in snaps is 26.2.
Whatever step back the defense might take without Fangio should be offset by pretty significant improvement from Nagy’s offense.
When Vince Tobin replaced Buddy Ryan, the Bears’ defense set an NFL record for fewest points allowed. But it lost some of the bite it had with Ryan.
While the pain is real, so is the optimism for a Bears team that took a big step in Matt Nagy’s first season, going from 5-11 to 12-4.
But the final drive and coming so close to a goal-line stand that would have been celebrated in franchise history left an empty feeling.
The Bears figure to have better teams under GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. But they might not have a better chance. Things can change in a hurry.
The last time the Bears had four first-team All-Pros was in 2006, when Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz, Devin Hester and Robbie Gould were honored.
“It will always be a memorable experience for me just because it was the biggest moment in my career,” Hanie said.
Kyle Long was given a scheduled day off as the Bears continue to ease the former Pro Bowl guard back into form.
The playoff game marks a milestone on multiple levels for Kyle. It’ll be his first postseason game in six seasons in the NFL, all with the Bears.
At this stage of his development, Trubisky is always living on the edge — a split-second decision from a big play or a bad mistake.