Across the grand spectrum of professional coaches, the Bears beat has it pretty good – typically, Matt Nagy isn't mean, patronizing, or Matt Patricia. He comes off approachable, and when he chooses to engage in an answer it always feels well-intentioned. He also says a lot, which – more often than not – is useful for a number of reasons. He also says a lot, which you may think is a typo but I assure you it's not. I want to be clear: he says a lot.
Like anything in life (yeah this is one of those blogs), with the good comes the bad, and the downside of Nagy's enthusiasm is that it's dripping in coachisms. Waterlogged is probably the better word. I understand it, but on another, more literal level, I kind of don't. That being said, 'DictioNagy's' too good a name not to utilize, so let's dive in and see if we can't make heads or tails of it:
On Robert Quinn, Who Still Hasn't Participated In Team Drills
What Nagy says: "Just the complete ramp-up. And, no, he doesn't [have an injury]. For him, he's at a point right now where we just feel like with these vets, we want to do that. It's where we're at. And we'll slowly ease him into things. You'll start seeing him more and more. We're just not there right now. We're really excited for what he's gonna bring to this defense. The same with Khalil, too. I think what you'll see as we get into this, there might be some other guys, too, that you slowly start seeing here in practice that you have, I don't know if you label it ramp-up or ramp-down days, but we'll start treating them as needed, individually."
What Nagy means: Super simple last year Robert Quinn had 11.5 sacks and we decided to pay him 70 million dollars, so he'll practice when he's good and ready to practice. Go ask DeShone Kizer if Khalil Mack needs a preseason.
On Mitch Trubisky, Who Had A Great Practice Until The Very End
What Nagy says: They are slowly getting to that point. This is not going to happen in a couple of days. It's going to have to happen in a couple of days in regards to the decision we have to make. Once we go back here and watch today's tape we'll be able to see how today was, in particular if you are asking about Mitch. I thought there were some good decisions that he made with throws. There were a few where he was late on a couple routes, as well. Nick the same thing.
What Nagy means: So I thought a QB competition could be fun but uh it's actually not? Who let Chase Daniel leave? Someone please just hit Allen Robinson in stride before his tone on re-signing changes even more.
On Jimmy Graham, But Really On The Unavoidable Passing Of Time
What Nagy says: For him, when you play this game for a long time, you want to win the Super Bowl. That's everybody's goal. The longer you're in this league and it doesn't happen, the more you want it, I think, because you realize that Father Time ends up creeping up on all of us, so I just love how great of shape he's in, I love where he's at mentally, I love where he's at as a mentor to these younger guys, and not just the tight ends.
What Nagy means: I empathize with Jimmy Graham's Super Bowl urgency because Father Time creeps up on us all and Father Time has a reputation for being a lenient owner but Father Time ultimately has a title-starved fanbase and city to answer to and Father Time has heard some good things about some of Sean McVay's assistants recently. (It's a metaphor)
What Matt Nagy really means when he says Robert Quinn is 'ramping-up' originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago