Bears Wire Podcast: Ownership continues to be Chicago’s biggest problem

We discuss Pace and Nagy’s firings, the problem with ownership and the start of the Bears’ head coach and GM search.

It was a big week for the Chicago Bears after firing both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. The organization, frustrated with the lack of production, began their head coach and GM searches this week.

While the Bears have cast a pretty wide net of candidates on the head coach and GM side of things, fans are having a difficult time having hope that Chairman George McCaskey will get it right this time. Even with the help of Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian.

You have to give credit to McCaskey for making the decision to part ways with both Nagy and Pace, as many believed Pace could stick around for his third head coach hire. But that’s where the positivity ends.

McCaskey spent an entire hour on Monday telling fans he’s not a football evaluator and asking them to have hope that he’ll get it right. McCaskey will be joined by Polian, President Ted Phillips (why?), VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade in his search.

But this entire week has been a reminder that, while Nagy and Pace were part of the problem, ownership remains the biggest issue with this franchise. And with this hiring process mirroring 2015 — substitute Polian for Ernie Accorsi — it’s a reminder that nothing has changed.

As the Bears prepare for an important offseason, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are discussing Pace and Nagy’s firings, the problem with ownership and the start of the Bears’ head coach and GM search.

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Bears Wire Podcast: How can you not love Nick Foles’ triumphant return?

On the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast, we discuss Nick Foles leading a comeback win and share our New Year’s resolutions.

Last Sunday, quarterback Nick Foles led the Bears to a comeback victory over the Seahawks. With Justin Fields and Andy Dalton sidelined by injuries, Foles got his first start in over a year.

Chicago beat a bad Seattle team — with some Foles magic — to record their fifth win of the season. It didn’t change anything in the grand scheme of things — the Bears are still eliminated from postseason contention and Matt Nagy is gone at season’s end.

But it was nice — heck, it was a Christmas miracle — for Bears fans to experience a win for the first time since Thanksgiving. And Foles played a big role in that as the NFL’s best third-string quarterback.

While Foles isn’t the answer at QB, it’s hard not to feel good for Foles after he led a comeback win, especially after everything he’s been through.

As the Bears prepare to face the New York Giants in Week 17, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are discussing Foles’ triumphant return, our New Year’s resolutions for the Bears and previewing Sunday’s game against the Giants.

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Bears Wire podcast: Another loss to Packers could seal Matt Nagy’s fate

On the latest episode of Bears Wire podcast, we’re speculating about if Matt Nagy will be fired if Chicago gets blown out by the Packers.

The Chicago Bears will battle the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, where Chicago will look to avoid being swept yet again by Green Bay.

The expectation is that the Packers will dominate early and often and the Bears will be sent to their ninth loss of the season. But if there’s a positive — other than the fact that we get to see rookie quarterback Justin Fields — it’s that another brutal loss to the Packers could mean the end of the Matt Nagy era in Chicago.

At this point, it’s almost certain Nagy is gone after this season. But the Bears have never fired a head coach midseason — although there’s an argument for why they should.

Nagy is 1-6 against the Packers, another glowing review of his tenure in Chicago. And if the Bears get blown out by Green Bay on national television, it would be the perfect time to part ways with Nagy — for his sake and Chicago’s.

As the Bears return to prime time, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are speculating how a blowout loss to the Packers could result in Nagy’s immediate firing and discussing whether or not Chicago actually stands a chance in this game against Green Bay.

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Bears Wire podcast: Can Chicago record an upset over Ravens off the bye week?

We’re discussing Justin Fields, the surprising and disappointing players at the midway point and previewing Sunday’s game vs. Ravens.

The Chicago Bears didn’t lose a football game last week, thanks to a perfectly-timed bye week that gave the team a reprieve after their fourth straight loss and with some banged up players.

But considering the Bears haven’t won a game off the bye since 2013, there’s little reason to believe they can actually pull it off this time. Even though the Baltimore Ravens are coming off a loss to the Miami Dolphins and Justin Fields and this Bears offense has a chance to continue their upward trajectory.

As the Bears return from a much-needed bye week, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are discussing Fields’ growth, the return of rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, the most surprising and disappointing players at the midway point and previewing the Bears’ matchup against the Ravens.

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Bears Wire podcast: Matt Nagy vent session and previewing Bears-Lions

Matt Nagy did a disservice to Justin Fields in his first NFL start. We vent on the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy has been the target of a wave of criticism this week following his questionable game plan for rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the putrid offensive performance in last week’s brutal loss to the Browns.

And the criticism is rightfully deserved.

Nagy did nothing to help the future of the Bears franchise find success in his NFL debut. He took his game plan for Andy Dalton and forced Fields to execute it — and behind a porous offensive line, no less.

The offense had its worst outing not only under Nagy but in 40 years with the Bears. Do you know how hard that is to do with the countless bad offenses that have been through Chicago in the last four decades?

As the Bears prepare for their Week 4 game against the Lions, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are venting about all things Matt Nagy, recapping Chicago’s loss to Cleveland and previewing Bears vs. Lions.

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Bears Wire podcast: Would Matt Nagy really go back after starting Justin Fields?

If Justin Fields impresses, would Matt Nagy actually go back to Andy Dalton? We discuss on the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast.

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is gearing up for his first NFL start against the Browns on Sunday, in place of an injured Andy Dalton, and there’s an excitement in the air for the start of the Fields era.

But Matt Nagy said earlier this week that, when Dalton is healthy, he will be Chicago’s starting quarterback, which obviously left many Bears fans frustrated.

If Fields goes out and lights it up against the Browns and the Lions the following week, would Nagy actually be able to go back to Dalton?

Of course not.

Sure, Nagy is putting his faith behind Dalton now, that’s what we should expect. But if Fields goes out there and lights it up and opens up the offense, even Nagy’s allegiance doesn’t run that deep.

As the Bears prepare for their Week 3 game against the Browns, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are talking all things Justin Fields, recapping Chicago’s win over Cincinnati and previewing Bears vs. Browns.

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Bears Wire podcast: Previewing Chicago’s Week 1 matchup vs. Rams

On the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast, we’re previewing the Bears’ Week 1 opener against the Rams.

NFL football is back!

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the start of the NFL season. Where every team is undefeated and expectations are the highest they’ll likely be for most of the season. Even for those teams that are destined to be watching the postseason from the comfort of their own couch.

The Chicago Bears certainly feel like one of those teams heading into the 2021 season. And yet, there’s an excitement for what this year has in store, which has everything to do with rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who might just be the answer to the quarterback woes in Chicago.

Unfortunately, fans are going to have to wait a little bit to see Fields as it’ll be Andy Dalton getting the start when the Bears travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams on Sunday Night Football.

The Rams are 7.5-point favorites over the Bears, which feels right given the state of both teams. It doesn’t help that Los Angeles is 4-0 in season openers since Sean McVay took over and Matt Nagy could’ve been 0-3 in openers if not for a D’Andre Swift drop in the end zone last season.

As the Bears prepare for their Week 1 opener, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are previewing Bears vs. Rams and sharing our thoughts on Rodney Adams being waived from the roster (given it happened after recording last week’s episode).

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Bears Wire podcast: Concerns at cornerback and Danny Trevathan lands on IR

Does Danny Trevathan landing on IR open the door for Alec Ogletree to become starter? We discuss this and more on our Bears Wire Podcast.

We’re a little over a week away from the start of the Chicago Bears’ season, and while the Andy Dalton vs. Justin Fields’ debate wages on, there are other concerns heading into the new season — starting at cornerback.

The Bears might have the worst cornerback room in the NFL, aside from second-year pro Jaylon Johnson, who’s stepping into the CB1 role. Fellow draft classmate Kindle Vildor projects to start opposite Johnson this season, and it’ll be either Duke Shelley or safety Marqui Christian in the slot.

Even with Chicago re-signing Artie Burns to the roster, there’s not a lot of confidence that this group can stand the challenge of facing some high-flying offenses this season.

A position group that’s looking up this season is inside linebacker, which has the most depth it’s had in a few years with the offseason additions of Alec Ogletree and Christian jones.

But the Bears will be without Danny Trevathan, who was placed on short-term injured reserve earlier this week as he’s dealt with knee soreness. Trevathan can return as early as Week 4.

Trevathan’s absence clears the way for Ogletree, who signed with Chicago during training camp, to start alongside Roquan Smith. Ogletree was already pushing Trevathan for playing time. And if Ogletree continues impressing as he did in preseason, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ogletree earned the starting role moving forward.

As the Bears prepare for the start of the regular season, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are talking all things Bears, including roster moves and, of course, the Andy Dalton-Justin Fields debate.

You can listen to the latest episode below:

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Bears Wire podcast: Has Andy Dalton done enough to lose starting QB job?

Has Andy Dalton done enough to keep the starting QB job? We discuss in the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast.

Bears coach Matt Nagy made it clear from the start that Andy Dalton would be his starting quarterback in Week 1. Whether that was because he wanted to develop Justin Fields from the bench or fulfill a promise made to Dalton back in free agency, we don’t know. But Nagy hasn’t steered from his initial stance.

The one thing that’s become clear through two weeks of preseason and training camp practices is that Fields has done enough to earn the starting quarterback or, at the very least, the opportunity to compete for it.

But the thing that might’ve kept Fields on the bench is how Dalton didn’t do enough to lose the starting job. He certainly didn’t win it either. But Nagy saw enough from Dalton, who has been consistent throughout camp, who has been a leader and someone the team has rallied behind, to be able to stick with him rather than chance things with Fields.

It’s not necessarily the right decision. But Dalton’s consistency this summer did just enough to justify Nagy’s decision — at least, in his own mind — to ride with Dalton into Week 1.

As the Bears conclude the preseason, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are talking all things Bears quarterbacks.

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Bears Wire podcast: Is Matt Nagy too nervous to name Justin Fields QB1?

Is Matt Nagy playing it too safe with rookie QB Justin Fields? We discuss in the latest episode of our Bears Wire podcast.

From the moment Justin Fields was drafted, Bears head coach Matt Nagy made it clear that Andy Dalton would be the team’s starting quarterback. Since then, he’s insisted there is a plan in place to develop Fields by letting him sit on the bench.

But Fields has been putting pressure on Nagy to reconsider the plan, which worked for the Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes back when Nagy was in Kansas City. But as much as Nagy wants to recreate what the Chiefs did with Mahomes, all situations are not created equal. Dalton isn’t Alex Smith, who was having an MVP-caliber season in 2017. The Bears probably aren’t going to win 10-11 games and earn a postseason berth. The Bears aren’t the Chiefs, no matter how much Nagy wants them to be.

While Nagy inherited Mitch Trubisky, Fields is the quarterback he handpicked in the draft. If something were to go wrong, Trubisky can’t be the scapegoat anymore. So it’s easy to understand why Nagy is being extra cautious — he doesn’t want to mess up this thing with Fields.

But if Fields continues to impress during the preseason and once again sparks conversation about who should really be starting for Chicago, will there come a point Nagy turns his back on the plan? Nagy can’t keep Fields hidden on the bench because he’s nervous, especially if it comes as a cost to Fields’ development on the field.

With the Bears headed into a bit of a down month ahead of training camp, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanOLearySMG) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) are back and talking all things Bears, including Fields and Chicago’s offensive tackle issues.

You can listen to the latest episode below:

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