Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Has a Bears head coach other than Matt Nagy ever won five straight games in his first season? I can’t imagine that’s a very common occurrence.
Since George Halas returned after the 1967 season, Matt Nagy is the 11th Bears head coach and the first one to win five consecutive games in his first year. The last coach to accomplish that feat was Paddy Driscoll in 1956. Of the other 10 coaches since Halas, Jim Dooley (1968) and Dave Wannstedt (1993) won four straight; Abe Gibron (1972), Neill Armstrong (1978), Lovie Smith (2004) and Marc Trestman (2013) won three in a row; and Dick Jauron (1999) and John Fox (2015) won two straight. Jack Pardee (1975) and Mike Ditka (1982) did not register back-to-back victories in their first seasons, though Ditka coached just nine games in his first year due to an NFL strike.
Why did the Bears go for a two-point conversion late in the first half against the Lions?
San Mateo, California
Coach Matt Nagy explained after the Vikings game last Sunday night that going for two is something they will consider on a weekly basis. Here’s what he said Monday about the Bears attempting a two-point conversion in the second quarter against the Lions: “That’s something that we may do each week. We may pick and choose when we do it. If we feel like we like some plays or matchups we have specifically, then we’ll do it. You’ve got to hit two out of every three. If you hit two out of four, you’re good, you’re tied. If you hit two out of three, you’re winning. You go 0-for-3, you better think about something.” The Bears failed on the two-point try as Chase Daniel’s pass along the line of scrimmage to Allen Robinson II was just out of the receiver’s reach. Said Nagy: “The ball just slipped. We had it, it was there. It was blocked. The wide receivers did a great job. It was going to score, just the ball slipped out of Chase’s hand. That’s the first thing he said when he got to the sideline.” When the Bears scored their second TD of the game, they kicked an extra point to put them ahead 16-13 early in the fourth quarter. Said Nagy: “You’ve got to play the situation, too. [After the second TD], going for two and not getting it hurts you more than kicking the extra point.”
I kept hearing how the Vikings game was only Chase Daniel’s third NFL start. How did he fare in the first two?
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Chase Daniel’s two previous starts came in the 2013 and 2014 season finales when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs (and Bears coach Matt Nagy was his position coach). In 2013, Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 99.3 passer rating in a 27-24 loss to the Chargers in San Diego. In 2014, he connected on 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards with no TDs or interceptions and a 75.7 rating in a 19-7 win over the Chargers in Kansas City.