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  Mike Ditka’s restaurant in Gold Coast is closing
Posted by: George Halas - 05-19-2020, 04:40 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Mike Ditka’s restaurant in Gold Coast is closing

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  Can we trust Nagy?
Posted by: George Halas - 05-19-2020, 02:36 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Imagine if he would use the f word to you in a professional situation. I would think he is a low character.

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  Matt Nagy: Bears QB room will be a 'healthy environment'
Posted by: George Halas - 05-19-2020, 02:35 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Matt Nagy: Bears QB room will be a 'healthy environment'
Nick Shook

Schrager: 'It might be Foles from Day 1' for Bears at QB

Nick Foles is undertaking a potentially wonderful opportunity but in unenviable circumstances.
The signal-caller is a new member of the Chicago Bears, tasked with learning an offense in time for a training camp that is guaranteed to include a quarterback competition and will be here before he knows it. The veteran will have to learn much of the offense without in-person interaction, too, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In an indication of Foles' character, he's made it clear to Bears coach Matt Nagy that while he'll be embroiled in a battle for the starting job, he's not going to allow the competition to keep him from helping his teammate.
"It's just like, 'Hey, listen, if I didn't have confidence in myself then I probably wouldn't be trying to help him out, because I'd need every advantage I can get,'" Nagy said, via Sports Illustrated. "That's not the case with him. Nick's been to the top. He's also been to the bottom. He's had his challenges. And he just believes and treats people the right way. It's not gonna be toxic. It's gonna be a very natural, healthy environment."

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We know the expectation by now. Trubisky will begin camp as QB1, getting the first snap of the first practice in what could end up only amounting to ceremony. We won't have any indicator of who enters camp with an edge, though, because the two won't get a chance to earn such an edge without on-field practice time available.
"Mitch isn't gonna be able to do it (in the spring), and Nick isn't gonna be able to do it," Nagy said. "So it's gonna be very important, in whatever time we're given--it's just a fact, there's just not going to be as much time for that to naturally happen--for us to see it. It'll all play itself out. And because there's zero agendas in this thing, because there's complete honesty, it's very healthy. Credit to both of these guys, Mitch and Nick, they're both really good people."

The battle will be fierce, we can be sure, but it won't be poisoned. In a time filled with uncertainty, it's refreshing to hear a quarterback approach a disadvantageous situation with maturity, something Nagy felt his Bears didn't quite have as a team until the end of a challenging 2019 season.
That newfound wisdom might fit their new quarterback -- who was a starter, ended up as a backup, considered retiring, returned to lead the Eagles on an unexpected run to a title, signed a lucrative deal, again became a backup, and has a chance to be a starter again -- better than most realized.
"We feel like we've been through a lot together," Nagy said. "And when you go through these valleys, you learn from them, you say, Shoot, I've been there, done that, bring it on, I don't care, it doesn't matter to us. Now, we know we can pull through some bad times."
We'll see who ends up under center for the Bears on the other side of the latest challenging times.

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  We are not a good team
Posted by: George Halas - 05-18-2020, 10:30 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Tru is too inconsistent. The o does not fit him. Nagy realized it too late. The d underperformed. We are bad. A good team goes to playoffs every year.

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  Rodgers recalls '90s Bulls, Michael Jordan's impact on his career
Posted by: George Halas - 05-18-2020, 01:36 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Rodgers recalls '90s Bulls, Michael Jordan's impact on his career
Jelani Scott

NFL legends who should get 'Last Dance'-style doc

As a California native, there weren't many chances for Aaron Rodgers to attend Chicago Bulls' games growing up.
And, of course, by the time he finally lived within a couple hours of the "Windy City," the chance to see one of his childhood inspirations had long past.
As you'd probably expect, though, the Green Bay Packers great still found himself enamored, like most kids who had a passion for sports in the 1990's, by one iconic sports figure whose reach transcended nearly every boundary: Michael Jordan.
Thanks to the mega-popular ESPN documentary, "The Last Dance," MJ's already prominent name has seen a resurgence in prominence over the last month. So much so that Rodgers was asked during a conference call on Friday to share his thoughts on the doc and the man himself ahead of its May 17 finale. Much like the rest of the world, Rodgers has been a dedicated viewer.
"Yeah for sure. I have been watching. It's been a lot of fun. I was fortunate enough in 1998 to sit in the top row at Arco Arena and watch MJ's last game as a Bull in the regular season against the Sacramento Kings, and was always an MJ fan since the early 90's and loved the runs that he was on and always looked up to him," Rodgers told reporters. In case you were wondering, MJ's Bulls won that game, 103-88.
As his own star has risen since being drafted 24th overall in 2005, Rodgers has had the opportunity to meet many people, among them being the NBA legend. He mentioned on the call that their mutual love of golf has allowed them to forge a bond. He also noted that Jordan invited him to play in Las Vegas a few times and that the the two played several times at Lake Tahoe.
"I've gotten to know him a little bit over the years and always enjoy our interactions and have a ton of respect for what he accomplished in the game. He's the greatest basketball player of all-time. Really I'd love to debate anybody on that," he said.

In addition to Jordan, Rodgers added that he's gotten to know several members of those 90's Bulls teams, including Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler and, of course, the "Robin" to Jordan's "Batman," Scottie Pippen, whom he said he met at his golf tournament last year.
Interestingly, Rodgers didn't say whether he's met the third part of Chicago's "Big Three" but that player did pique his curiosity.
"I'm not quite sure, though, who the Dennis Rodman of our team is but I really did enjoy that part of the doc as well," he joked shortly before saying he'd probably nominate offensive tackle David Bahktiari to that role. Good choice, A-Rod.
Similar to MJ, Rodgers is known as a no-nonsense type of player who is all about his business when the whistle blows. Jordan's brand of leadership, featured throughout the doc, has been one of the many things that has stood out. For Rodgers, a man entering his 16th NFL season in 2020, it's been nothing short of inspiring to watch.
"Obviously, he's one of the most driven athletes of all-time and he's impacted so many guys over the years. Incredible players like Kobe Bryant, obviously that was a big part in it, but even guys like myself," he said. "Seeing his approach to the game, his leadership style, how he demands the most out of himself and his teammates. I definitely resonate with a lot of the things that he says."
At 36, Rodgers is inching closer to his own "last dance" but, as last year's trip to the NFC Championship game proved, he still knows how to win. And as his illustrious career winds down, it'll be fascinating to see if he's able to add more accolades to his trophy case. Just like Mike.

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  Michael Jordan was a ‘jerk,’ says teammates—but it helped them win championships
Posted by: George Halas - 05-17-2020, 10:52 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Michael Jordan was a ‘jerk,’ says teammates—but it helped them win championships
Published Sun, May 17 20204:00 PM EDT

Kathleen Elkins@KATHLEEN_ELK

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Michael Jordan #23 and Scottie Pippen #33
Nathaniel S. Butler

Michael Jordan wasn’t looking to make any friends on the basketball court. 
“My mentality was to go out and win, at any cost,” said the NBA legend on an episode of the “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary about his meteoric rise and the dynasty he built in Chicago. And that meant holding his teammates to a high standard. 
“His theory was: If you can’t handle pressure from me, you’re not going to be able to handle the pressure of the NBA playoffs,” said former teammate Steve Kerr, who is now the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. “And so he talked trash in practice. He went at guys, he challenged guys.”
Another former teammate, Will Perdue, didn’t mince words when recalling what it was like to practice with Jordan: “Let’s not get it wrong, he was an asshole. He was a jerk. He crossed the line numerous times. But as time goes on, and you think back about what he was actually trying to accomplish, you were like, Yeah, he was a hell of a teammate.
Jordan didn’t deny that he was tough on his teammates. If he didn’t think they were practicing to his standard, he wasn’t shy about letting them know that, “I’m going to ridicule you. … If you don’t get on the same level, then it’s going to be hell for you.”
His leadership style, though harsh, produced results — and his teammates recognized that.
Ultimately, “he was pushing us all to be better because he wanted to win,” said Bill Wennington, who played with Jordan and the Bulls from 1993-1999. “And guess what. It worked.”
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Michael Jordan #23 and the Chicago Bulls celebrate after winning the 1991 NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew D. Bernstein

Jordan, who was drafted by Chicago in 1984, turned a mediocre team into a dominant force. He led the Bulls to their first ever NBA Championship in 1991 and six championships overall, including two three-peats (1991-93 and 1996-98). 
“Winning has a price,” Jordan acknowledged in the documentary, which ESPN and Netflix made in partnership with Jump 23, Jordan’s production company. “And leadership has a price. So I pulled people along when they didn’t want to be pulled. I challenged people when they didn’t want to be challenged.”
He set massive expectations for his teammates, but they were the same that he set for himself. “You ask all my teammates,” said Jordan, and they’ll all agree that “he never asked me to do something that he didn’t f------ do.”
Episodes nine and ten of “The Last Dance” will premiere on Sunday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET. It will air on ESPN in the U.S. and on Netflix outside of the U

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  Michael McCaskey, former Chicago Bears chairman, dies at 76
Posted by: George Halas - 05-17-2020, 12:42 AM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Michael McCaskey, former Chicago Bears chairman, dies at 76

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  Nagy is rough
Posted by: George Halas - 05-16-2020, 03:26 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

If he uses the f word to tru, he is low class.

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  Matt Nagy embraces offseason ‘silver linings,’ wrestles with ‘unknown
Posted by: George Halas - 05-16-2020, 03:25 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Matt Nagy embraces offseason ‘silver linings,’ wrestles with ‘unknown’
There remains the existential question about the season ahead — one that’s familiar to businesses across the country.
By Patrick Finley  May 15, 2020, 6:56pm CDT

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[img=751x0]https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/bwXSGBjFajbTraTtKnqYJRbCFZI=/0x0:3534x2632/1200x800/filters:focal(2052x449:2616x1013)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66805295/1190728619.jpg.0.jpg[/img]Matt Nagy coaches in the Bears’ season finale. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Coach Matt Nagy long ago mastered the “mute” button on the Bears’ Zoom meetings. Now he can pop into position group meetings and rookie minicamp sessions, his head floating in a box on the computer screens of his players scattered around the country.
He has found a quiet place in his house and joked that the video game “Fortnite” has done a good job keeping his four sons, ages 12 to 16, occupied.
To spice up meetings, Nagy has guest speakers on so his players don’t tune out the sound of their own coaches’ voice. 
He schedules on “Bears Time” — what the clock says in Chicago — but it’s confusing to navigate how time-zone differences affect players training from the West Coast to Florida. 
“That’s the biggest obstacle,” he said.
Except for an even bigger one. There remains the existential question about the months ahead — one that’s familiar to businesses across the country during the coronavirus shutdown.
“Here’s probably what the biggest difficulty is, the unknown,” he said Friday. “That’s what’s hard. We’re sitting here, you go through trying to figure out what’s going to happen, whether it be at training camp, whether it be at preseason, the regular season. There’s a lot of unknowns there. That’s OK. We can’t control that. Let’s control what we can control.”
While some NFL teams have considered backup training-camp locations because of state stay-at-home orders, Nagy wouldn’t say if the Bears, who are slated to practice at Halas Hall, were of the same mind.
“Again, that’s one of the unknowns for us. If and when that does happen, we just have to react to it,” he said. “It just seems like every state’s a little different. The league is trying to figure out what to do and whatever they tell us, we’ll do. We’ve been so entrenched in this other stuff.”
Asked whether there will be games in home stadiums this year, Nagy again pled ignorance.
“You’re going to probably say, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s coach talk, I don’t believe you,’ ” he said. “But I’m telling you when I tell you this — I have no clue. Whatever they tell us to do, we’ll do.
“We’re just rolling with them and with what they say. We’re staying positive, and we’re just worrying about what the next solution is for whatever they tell us.”
The Bears held a rookie minicamp last week and a voluntary veteran minicamp in late April and early May. The next step of the virtual offseason program, OTAs, start later this month. They’ll feature more full-team meetings, though Nagy has remained flexible based on player feedback.
“You can take everything we’ve done in prior years,” Nagy said, “and you can just throw it out the window.”
Still, he’s trying to embrace what makes this offseason unique.
“There’s been some silver linings,” he said.
Even before the shutdown, the Bears planned to hold more position meetings, believing that installing the offense the last two years robbed their players of more detailed instruction. Nagy pops into them virtually; at Halas Hall, he couldn’t go from room-to-room so quickly.
There’s more time to chat without on-field work, so Bears coaches are getting to know players through what Nagy calls “coffee shops” — virtual meetings to talk about life outside football.
As for the playbook, Nagy said his assistant coaches are offering detailed instruction. That appeals to one of his favorite mantras.
“I love ‘over-communicate clarity’ — I use that all the time,” Nagy said. “What better way? . . . There’s no excuse now.”

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  Nagy: Nick Foles re-learning his playbook 'like riding a bike'
Posted by: George Halas - 05-16-2020, 02:24 PM - Forum: Chicago Bears - No Replies

Nagy: Nick Foles re-learning his playbook 'like riding a bike'
Jeremy Bergman

Silver explains how Bears will split QB1 reps between Trubisky, Foles

In the upcoming (or ongoing?) Bears' quarterback competition, Nick Foles doesn't have a head start. His counterpart, Mitchell Trubisky, has spent the last two years playing under Chicago coach Matt Nagy, while Foles has bounced along the east coast. But the Super Bowl LII MVP is not far behind the fourth-year signal-caller.
Traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Windy City after just one season in North Florida, Foles is making himself at home quickly in Chicago's offense because it's one he knows rather well already. It's the same one that Foles learned in Kansas City in 2016 when Nagy was Andy Reid's offensive coordinator and the QB was getting back on his football feet.
According to Nagy, Foles is not having a hard time getting back into the swing of things four years later.
"It's like riding a bike," Nagy said in a video conference Friday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "He's been through some different offenses, even from the last time we were together in Kansas City. But once you present somebody like Nick the playbook and they start looking at it, all of a sudden it just clicks.
"You start remembering it and you just start retraining your brain from what you knew in the past year or couple years. There's still terminology differences between all of us, but that doesn't take much. And Nick's a smart guy."

Adams: Who will be playing QB for the Bears in 2020?

The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined any on-field work that could be done during mandatory minicamp or organized team activities and therefore shelved to the back of minds the QB competition between Foles and Trubisky, whose fifth-year option was declined earlier this month.

But the two signal-callers and their teammates are still getting their mental reps in on Zoom calls with coaches. Nagy says neither Foles nor Trubisky are getting "first-team reps" on the interwebs.
"There's no competition going on right now over Zoom," he told reporters.
The real competition will begin if and when the Bears players and coaches return to their team facilities and the practice field. Until then, Foles and Trubisky are, in theory, neck and neck for the starting job come September, and we are all ears for any updates on their status.
"We all understand that this thing is gonna be what y'all talk about," Nagy said. "And that's fair. That's totally fair."

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