Training camp is underway, and with a new coaching staff at the helm, it seems something most of us assumed is being confirmed. Jaylon Johnson outs Nagy and company during his press conference Wednesday. Not really saying anything surprising, yet it was surprising to hear.
Jaylon tells it how it is.
When Jaylon Johnson was asked Wednesday what are some of the differences between the previous coaching staff and the new, he didn’t hesitate to answer. ” Consistency, they take it back to the fundamentals.” “Tough nosed football.” ” We will be in better shape.” “The difference is crazy.” Crazy? That’s a pretty damning adjective to use in this situation. That’s one of your best players telling you how bad Nagy and company really were. This isn’t the first time Johnson made Nagy look silly either.
Johnson outs Nagy the first time.
Last season in a Sunday night loss to the Packers the Bears blew a halftime lead. Not only did they blow a lead, the Packers ended up running away with the game. One of the big reasons was Devanta Adams. The superstar receiver was held down for much of the first half. Thanks in part to excellent coverage by Johnson, but Adams had a huge second half. In a post game press conference Nagy was asked what kind of changes did the Packers make to allow their offense to play so much better in the second half.
Nagy said none really. It was just the Packers stars making plays. The same question was asked to Jaylon Johnson. He said the exact opposite. Johnson stated the Packers made lots of changes, including routes and motions. I’m going to have to trust Johnson over Nagy on this one.
Nagy wants to be the cool dad.
I think it’s evident now Nagy put way to much emphasis on being liked by players and fans. Like the “cool” dad that let’s his 13 year old son drink a beer when mom’s not home. Or never disciplining in fear of not being liked. Nagy showed this time and time again. By having dance parties after wins even when the team was struggling. Or spending way to much time coming up with silly names for plays like “oompa loopa”, “Willy Wonka”, ” Santa’s Sleigh” or my personal favorite Mitch throw the ball 15 feet over your receivers head. Ok, I made the last one up, but you would have sworn that was a bread and butter play of the Nagy era. Nagy’s silly was was almost as bad as Marc Trestman wanting to ” grow the men” and ” grow the football”. Clearly Trestman is an awful farmer.
It’s ok to laugh now.
At the time all these things were frustrating and eye rolling, but that garbage is out of here now. We can breath a little easier, look back and laugh now. It sure seems we have some football coaches in the house again. Like Ditka, Lovie Smith, and dare I say Papa Bear. I’m Not saying the new staff is as good as any of those three. They do seem to have the same mentality though, and that’s a great thing for Bears fans.