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LAKE FOREST Eric Kush Jersey , Ill. — The Chicago Bears were looking for a coach to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and help a founding NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs.They believe Matt Nagy is the right man.The Bears hired Kansas City’s offensive coordinator as their 16th head coach Monday, hoping he can develop their promising quarterback and turn around a struggling team.The Bears announced the move a week after firing coach John Fox, who went 14-34 in three seasons for a .292 winning percentage that is the second-lowest in team history. Chicago was 5-11 this season and hasn’t finished above .500 since letting Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after its most recent visit to the playoffs.The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but drew praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.In Chicago, the former quarterback at Delaware and then the Arena Football League will be trying to develop Trubisky, last year’s No. 2 overall draft pick.“He’s a good football coach, first of all,” Reid said. “I appreciate the way he comes to work and the attitude he brings. He puts his own flair on things. I think that’s important to know. Everybody does it their way.”Nagy coached in high school and was still working in real estate when he served as a coaching intern with the Eagles during training camp in 2008 and 2009. He got a big break, though it came with a pay cut, when he took the job as a coaching assistant during the 2010 season.Bears general manager Ryan Pace has plenty riding on him.Pace put his reputation on the line when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft Trubisky even though the quarterback had made just 13 college starts at North Carolina. It’s up to Nagy to help polish a player who showed some promise with his strong arm and quickness after he took over for Mike Glennon.If Trubisky succeeds, there’s a good chance the Bears start winning. That would likely mean a long future in Chicago for Pace, who recently got a contract extension through the 2021 season.The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday. That didn’t stop the Bears from moving quickly on Nagy , interviewing him Sunday and hiring him a day later.Chicago also met with Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur (Minnesota) and Josh McDaniels (New England), Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. There were no known second interviews.131<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2017Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports | Aaron DosterThough the defense performed well under Fangio, Nagy inherits a roster with holes. The Bears had no playmaking receivers, and their offensive line got banged up this season.Pace has had some big hits in the draft such as running back Jordan Howard (2016, fifth round) and notable misses such as oft-injured receiver Kevin White (2015, first round). Injuries have consistently exposed a lack of depth, and Pace’s record in free agency has so far been shaky; he has struggled to find replacements for talented players no longer with the team such as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Robbie Gould.Fox at least helped restore some of the professionalism that was missing under former GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman. But Fox’s conservative approach and some questionable decisions during games were sore spots.The Bears were 3-15 against the NFC North under Fox and dropped all six division games this past season. That will be one of the many things Nagy will need to help solve.“Up-and-coming, smart guy,” Chiefs assistant head coach Brad Childress said of Nagy. “He’s played the quarterback position, so he gets it. He knows how to teach. He’s got a great demeanor about him. He’s got a creative mind. I think he’s got everything going for him.” Robert S. takes to the tape to investigate what the Bears’ newest 3rd round draft pick, David Montgomery, brings to the offense." Xs and OsNFL DraftVideoFilm Study: Who Is David Montgomery?New Eddie Goldman Color Rush Jersey ,33commentsRobert S. takes to the tape to investigate what the Bears’ newest 3rd round draft pick, David Montgomery, brings to the offense.CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Film Study: Who Is David Montgomery?TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesAs we all know, the Bears made waves last weekend by trading up to select David Montgomery with the 73rd pick of the NFL draft. The 2019 edition of Ryan Pace’s annual “get my guy” trade served to effectively finalize the starting lineup while providing us with the identity of the man who will step into the role that Jordan Howard left behind. And, at first glance, there’s a lot to like about this pick.Montgomery comes across like a talented back — as a hard-nosed runner out of Iowa State University, he racked up 1,216 yards in his stellar senior season and was called “the reason why [Iowa State’s]program changed” by his coach Matt Campbell. He’s a hard worker, a warrior, and (apparently) the RB Matt Nagy wanted all along.But what tools will Montgomery bring to the Bears’ offense? What makes him such a good runner? Is there anything that could hold him back? I set out to investigate in this film breakdown!As usual, if your platform doesn’t display the videos being referenced within the article simply look for the italicized portion of each paragraph — that’ll contain a link to the referenced video.Without further ado, let’s dive into Montgomery’s film.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="MCkFNf">When I started watching Montgomery, nothing popped off his tape faster than his ability to change directions. Take a look at this play — Montgomery catches this ball drifting right and cuts back an insane 135 degrees in ~1 second to leave this Iowa defender grasping at air. His ability to change directions is outstanding.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="WzW2Pa">Montgomery also gets in and out of his moves wickedly fast — this Wazoo defender should have him dead to rights on this play, but a quick spin move leaves Montgomery with enough room to find a crease and push forward for ~9 yards. When an RBs makes a move Marcus Cooper Jersey , every second counts — if his spin move had taken a half-second longer here he’d have been tackled well behind the line of scrimmage. The quickness of his moves allow Montgomery to create yardage opportunities that other RBs can’t.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="bTzfS8">But David Montgomery isn’t just an elusive runner, he’s also a powerful back that will punish defenders early and often. This run shows him rip through an arm tackle at the line of scrimmage and push himself through a defender and into the endzone. He’s a tough, tough man to bring down.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="IgExVA">His combination of power and quick-footed elusiveness make him a perfect fit for the Bears’ Inside Zone running scheme — his cutting ability allows him to find and exploit seams up the middle while his power helps him hit those seams ferociously. He also picks through bodies well, displaying solid burst after each cut. It’s hard to understate how good a fit he is here.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="ON8cAS">But don’t let me give you the impression that Montgomery has no outside game — As can be seen here, Montgomery knows how to properly play in space and uses every tool he has to maximize yardage against a stout Iowa D. Head fakes, stiff arms, hard cuts, he can (and does) do it all.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="ZPUS3w">And, of course, when you need “just one more yard” Montgomery can go get it for you. Watch here as he fights through 4(!) Oklahoma defenders to pick up this 4th and 1 — you should see his elusiveness (again), knock-down power, and a final push from his legs. This is start-to-finish running at its finest.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="G4BGXb">But remember, RBs aren’t just runners anymore — they’re also pass-catchers, and in Matt Nagy’s offense Montgomery’s receiving ability is critical. While Iowa State didn’t throw to Montgomery much , the little tape we do have shows him running routes well and catching the ball fluidly. His tape isn’t enough to declare him a “good” receiver outright, but it is enough to confidently say that he’s not “bad”.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="BeePce">And for those of you still mourning the loss of Jordan Howard’s pass blocking, mourn no more — Montgomery is solid in pass pro and should be reliable when picking up blitzes in the NFL. Watch here as he identifies the late rusher, squares his shoulders, and stuffs him at the line. I would expect him to struggle a bit early on, but blocks like these make me confident he can grow into the role quickly.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="iUtg39">Unfortunately, there is one flaw present in Montgomery’s game — he’s not particularly fast. Plays like this where a faster man could’ve gotten to the edge are bound to happen. He accelerates well and is certainly fast enough to pick up chunk plays, but he’ll likely be limited by his top-end speed.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="lwvbaZ">That said, home-run speed isn’t everything. It’s great!.. but it’s not everything. Montgomery’s ability to identify cutting lanes and burst through them provides benefits that pure speed don’t. This play is a great example of how patient inside running can churn out solid yardage.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="4L9hYX">Ultimately I’m happy with the Bears’ selection. As I mentioned in this article, the Bears needed a quality Inside Zone runner and I think they found one in David Montgomery. He fits the offense to a tee and I’m excited to see what Nagy’ll do with him.While his top-end speed may keep him from being a true superstar in this league, Montgomery gives the Bears just what they need to take their offense to the next level. He’s a strong back that focuses on making every play a positive play while also possessing the agility to turn any play into a chunk play. He joins a Bears’ team that is loaded with speed at every position and now commands respect on all forms of runs. He’s a good pick, and I can’t wait to see how he looks in navy and orange.What do you think of Montgomery? Good pick? Bad pick?
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