Rozner: Pace, Nagy have truly elevated Bears conversation

  • Bears head coach Matt Nagy, right, talks with general manager Ryan Pace during NFL football training camp July 26, 2019, in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Bears head coach Matt Nagy, right, talks with general manager Ryan Pace during NFL football training camp July 26, 2019, in Bourbonnais, Ill. AP File Photo

Updated 4/4/2021 6:26 PM

It's really pretty amazing that just two years ago, the authentic frontier gibberish emerging weekly from Halas Hall and Soldier Field wasn't merely tolerated, it was actually celebrated as if a Super Bowl were inevitable.

Today, not so much.


Every Bears news conference sets Twitter ablaze, crashes the internet and occasionally fries the power grid.

No, really. It's happened. Unless it's just my laptop refusing to engage some fat and angry fingers due to circumstances out of our control.

What's now out of control is the anger directed toward ownership, management and coaching, all of which has been exposed for precisely what it is.

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What everyone understands now is it really doesn't matter what they say, because they tend to be, well, less than transparent.

That's either because they know the statements to be complete nonsense, or they have no particular plan and are simply making it up as they go. There's plenty of evidence to back up both possibilities during the spectacular seven-year reign of Ryan Pace.

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So, when he says of Andy Dalton that "Rex is our quarterback" -- sorry, "Andy is our quarterback" -- all you need to remember is that Mike Glennon was promised a starting role for $18 million guaranteed and then stood in shock at the Bears' draft party while they selected Mitch Trubisky.

Apparently, not even John Fox knew that was the plan. If there was a plan. But Pace insisted that night that Glennon need not worry.

"Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback," Pace said. "There is no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. We'll focus on Mitch's development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears."

Glennon started four games and Trubisky never developed, so that went pretty well.

Matt Nagy is just as insincere, saying roughly 427 times that Trubisky had a great off-season, minicamp, training camp or week of practice, and that he's learned so much and understands finally how to read an NFL defense.

He was in constant praise of the QB's decision-making, even when you saw a quarterback that appeared to have never played a football game in his life. What choice did Nagy have? They were afraid criticism would crush the QB's confidence and Trubisky was the GM's pet project.


Before the Green Bay game and off a bye week last November, Nagy said it was Trubisky's best week of practice.


"I have all the confidence in the world in him," Nagy said of Trubisky on that Friday. "I do believe in my heart of hearts that he has grown from this (benching). I do believe that he will be a better player because of it."

Trubisky then went out and threw an interception in the end zone (double coverage), another INT (triple coverage), fumbled on a sack that was returned for a touchdown, fumbled on a keeper, and generally looked like a deer in headlights.

MitchFace was born that night.

Trubisky was effective when throwing a 5-yard pass. The rest were overthrows, underthrows and homicide passes, while holding the ball too long.

The Bears were down 41-10 after three quarters before picking up points in garbage time, and if that game didn't get everyone fired, it seems as if nothing will.

When the Bears won three games against terrible teams in December, it was because they Trubisky-proofed the offense, running the football and keeping every throw directly in front of him, getting the ball out quickly and making the offense simple enough for him to handle.

Trubisky was officially a game-manager, hardly the stuff of legend or worth the $29 million he collected here over four years.

The offense was applauded as if Don Coryell and Dan Fouts had arrived in town, but it really didn't matter then who was calling the plays, and it won't matter next year, now that Nagy says he will be back in control of the highflying Bears under Dalton.

The aggravation from these question-and-lack-of-answer sessions is understandable, but by now you should have a feel for how this is going to work.

It's the hard sell about how great the program has been and will continue to be, with grand promises of this and grand promises of that.

It really doesn't matter what they say. You can't buy any of it as they don't know the answers or they haven't really figured it out yet.

It's the same thing over and over again, week after week, month after month, year after year.

At this point, you can only listen to them at your own risk.

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