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New Bears HC Matt Nagy compares Tarik Cohen to Tyreek Hill

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 5:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The good news for Tarik Cohen, is that the system Tyreek Hill thrived in the past two years is coming to Chicago.

Enter new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who served as Kansas City's play caller for the final four games of the 2017 regular season and the playoffs. Nagy is expected to bring along many of the concepts he learned in Kansas City under Andy Reid, meaning the first-year head coach should have a head start in understanding how to utilize a player with Cohen's unique skill-set.

"Well, No. 1, size-wise you see that and you say, 'OK, they're pretty similar, right?'" Nagy said at the NFL scouting combine. "And then you have the speed, the shiftiness, the moves, everything that they do. They're similar in the fact that you can move them around and do different things. As you see on tape, the one thing if you go back and look at simple numbers, you're going to see that Cohen can run the ball a little bit more from the backfield. Not that Tyreek can't.

"So they're different. So I don't think it is fair to compare them but I do understand why people compare them, and for me, I am very excited to coach both of them and look forward to working with Cohen."

Fantasy Impact:

As a rookie, Cohen finished No. 33 in PPR formats and No. 42 in standard leagues, but he wasn't dependable since his touches were all over the place. Nagy should rectify that. Since Jordan Howard isn't very adept as a receiver, look for Cohen to catch 60-70 passes and have a more consistent role in the offense.

Miami Dolphins name Dowell Loggains offensive coordinator

Friday, January 19, 2018, 4:18pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Loggains was recently with the Chicago Bears, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach for one season before being promoted to the role of offensive coordinator. He was named the OC in Chicago, replacing Adam Gase, who moved on to coach the Dolphins. The duo worked together in Chicago and are now reunited in Miami. Previous Dolphins OC, Clyde Christensen, has been reassigned to the role of director of football and player development.

Bears retain DC Vic Fangio

Friday, January 12, 2018, 2:34pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Fangio will remain with the Bears under new head coach Matt Nagy, signing a three-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Fangio will return for a fourth season in Chicago. The Bears earlier in the week hired Mark Helfrich to serve as their offensive coordinator.

Bears hire former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:46am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The Bears are expected to hire former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator. Helfrich has not worked in the NFL previously but he has spent time as an assistant under Chip Kelly and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

Fantasy Impact:

Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence.

Packers hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.

Pettine, 51, was out of football in 2016 after compiling a 10-22 record in two seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns and spent this past season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.

Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.

In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.

Bears tab Chiefs OC Matt Nagy as their new head coach

Monday, January 8, 2018, 12:40pm

Chicago Sun-Times - [Full Article]

The Bears named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their new head coach on Monday.

General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy, 39, on Sunday, a day after Kansas City's loss in the Wild Card round to the Titans. He replaces John Fox, who was fired a week ago after a 14-34 record in three seasons. Nagy is the 16th head coach in Bears history.

Nagy’s entire NFL coaching career has been spent under Chiefs coach Andy Reid. A record-setting quarterback in college at Delaware, Nagy started as an intern in 2008 for Reid’s Eagles. He followed Reid to the Chiefs, starting off as their quarterbacks coach in 2013 before being promoted to offensive coordinator last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Andy Reid handed over play-calling duties to Nagy before the Dec. 3 game versus the Jets. The Chiefs averaged 27.3 points in their final six games (under Nagy) after averaging 24.7 points in their first 11 games with Reid calling the plays. The Chiefs averaged just 12.0 points in the three games prior to the Jets game, which prompted the change by Reid. This hire looks like a clear offensive upgrade for the Bears.

Dolphins hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 11:39am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dowell Loggains found a soft landing spot with a friend after being dismissed from the Chicago Bears.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night that the Miami Dolphins are naming Loggains their new offensive coordinator, per a source informed of the situation.

Loggains worked with Dolphins coach Adam Gase in Chicago during the latter's one year as offensive coordinator of the Bears. Loggains was promoted from QB coach to OC after Gase left for Miami.

Fantasy Impact:

This won't change things much in Miami since Adam Gase is still expected to oversee the offense and call the plays.

Bears fire John Fox

Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:24am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

John Fox's run in the Windy City is over.

The Chicago Bears fired Fox on Monday after the team finished in the NFC North cellar for the third straight season under his guidance, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Fox and the Bears finished the season at 5-11 Sunday following a 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Over the course of his 16-year coaching career, Fox had endured multiple digit losses in a season only once before coming to Chicago, where he filed to bring the Bears out of their seven-year postseason hibernation.

Fantasy Impact:

Ian Rapoport reported the team will look for an offensive mind to work with QB Mitch Trubisky. DC Vic Fangio could be an option as well, according to Rapoport.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) took limited practice reps all week. Rudolph will be fine to face the Bears.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder) took full practice reps all week. McKinnon was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go to face the Bears this week.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Shaheen will be a decent dart throw if he’s able to play against the Browns.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Bears WR Josh Bellamy (foot) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. Johnson will be fine to face the Bears.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Crowell was removed from the injury report so he should be fine to play against the Bears.

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