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Nagy calls audible, stages ‘Monday Funday’


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Monday, May 20, 2019 06:13 PM

Nagy calls audible, stages ‘Monday Funday’
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Bears coach Matt Nagy had a big surprise for his players when they arrived at Halas Hall Monday to begin the sixth week of the team’s offseason program.

Deviating from their regular routine of weightlifting, conditioning and position drills, the players were told that they’d be participating in a “Monday Funday” that included an obstacle course, dodgeball tournament and pizza lunch, all on the practice field.

“It’s always fun when you go in a team meeting,” said guard Kyle Long, “and you’re about to get ready for your lift and coach says, ‘We’re scrapping it. We’re doing something different today.’ The mood immediately goes up. We’re lucky to have coach Nagy and to be able to do stuff like this. He’s got his finger on the pulse of the team. He does a great job.”

Players and coaches were divided into 10 11-man teams. Each squad selected one individual to perform one of 10 challenges as part of an obstacle course.

The events consisted of 1) Hitting the crossbar with a thrown football from 15 yards away; 2) Putting a golf ball into a bucket; 3) Doing 50 pushups; 4) Running four sprints across the width of the field (coaches only); 5) Throwing a ball through the goalposts from 55 yards out; 6) Juggling two tennis balls for 10 seconds; 7) Shooting volleyballs into garbage cans; 8) Balancing a baseball bat in an open palm while walking the width of the field; 9) Eating six crackers (with no water); and 10) Knocking a cone off a pad with a football from 15 yards away.

The four teams to complete the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time qualified for the dodgeball tournament. Points were also awarded to the teams with the longest pass by a non-quarterback and the longest punt by a non-punter.

The team that ultimately won the competition was comprised of players Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Leonard Floyd, Chuck Harris, Ted Larsen, Bilal Nichols, Pat O'Donnell, Ellis Richardson and Allen Robinson II; and coaches Mark Helfrich, Donovan Raiola and Deshea Townsend.

The team clinched first place by winning the dodgeball tournament when O’Donnell eliminated Taylor Gabriel with a low laser beam.

“No better feeling,” O’Donnell said. “Let me paint the picture: I heard Allen (Robinson) whispering in my ear, ‘Go for his legs.’ I took the captain’s advice and went for his legs.”

The top four teams earned the chance to select a special prize. The first-place squad picked a fancy steak dinner at training camp, the second-place finishers chose one fewer rep at a pre-camp conditioning test, the third-place team selected a curfew extension for one night at camp, and the fourth-place squad picked free haircuts from a professional stylist.

After enjoying their Monday Funday, Bears players will return to Halas Hall Tuesday for the first of 10 Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices with fresh legs and refreshed minds.

“We’re just building that team camaraderie,” O’Donnell said. “All the guys have been grinding in the weight room. Coach Nagy has been saying that since we walked through the door; put in the work and he’ll reward us, so that’s what he did today."

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I love me some Nagy.

The meal at the end of practice was pizza and hot wings, my guess is the OL was rocking that food line.

These practices are largely meaningless. Throwing one to the players, having some fun, rewarding the guys who showed up, which I think was everyone, is more valuable than the hour of half speed walk through.

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Motivation is IMHO why many teams win and even dominate.  The '80s Bears were motivated both by Buddy and by Ditka but in a completely different way.  Nagy seems to be tuned in to how to work it in this era by keeping it all on a "WE" basis and allowing them to play hard as long as they work hard.

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There are some awesome photos on the Bears app and IG. Floyd, Shelley and Skrine balancing baseball bats while running, Hicks and Mack in a football throwing contest, my boy O'Donnell winning a dodgeball game, Nagy golfing, etc. This is a fun group. I really hope they get a banner.

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This kind of thing gets out around the players, especially for guys who are under very authoritarian coaches. It builds team bonding, and is a highlight for the players to remember their coach by.

 

I doubt it realistically makes much of a difference in FA, wins or in re-signing our own, but I love seeing how far Chicago has come from the destitute wasteland it was under Trestman and Fox. Good on Nagy and Co.

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21 hours ago, Sugashane said:

I doubt it realistically makes much of a difference in FA, wins or in re-signing our own, but I love seeing how far Chicago has come from the destitute wasteland it was under Trestman and Fox. Good on Nagy and Co.

Disagree. The difference may be small, or subtle, but it makes a difference for sure. But of course, we're now splitting hairs, so I'll bow out...

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6 hours ago, Heinz D. said:

Disagree. The difference may be small, or subtle, but it makes a difference for sure. But of course, we're now splitting hairs, so I'll bow out...

You know I probably can agree that I can stand corrected. While I meant this one Monday Funday specifically, this likely isn't a one time deal and is part of a continual atmosphere that Nagy and Pace are creating. The one day won't make a difference, but this kind of culture, as long as we are a winning team, WILL be a major attraction for FAs and potentially lead to depth.

 

IDK what Haha was offered, but I doubt it was a lot more than the $3.5 Chicago offered. But the thing is he still took a little less to come here and rejuvenate his career. I'd be damn happy to have these kind of deals stack up as we are not going to be able to keep re-signing everyone on this team. Eventually we are going to actually NEED these kind of deals, as Pace isn't going to bat 1000 in the draft. It's helped NE for years and hopefully will be for us, assuming Tru continues to grow and improve.

 

Consider me converted, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

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1 hour ago, Heinz D. said:

No, no, no...my Convert-inator can still be used.

Now I just have to figure out how...

I'm just saying... if you're a *real* evil genius... you could @beardown3231 miss Double Doink.

 

Also - even if I refuse to spell Parki's name right, I can still spell his nicknames correctly, right?

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