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.
How many times has Matt Nagy made the playoffs during his career as an NFL coach?
Crown Point, Indiana
Bears coach Matt Nagy has reached the playoffs in an impressive eight of 12 seasons as an NFL assistant or head coach. That includes a recent streak of four straight years—from 2015-17 as a Chiefs offensive assistant and in 2018 in his first season as Bears head coach. In five years with the Eagles, five with the Chiefs and two with the Bears, Nagy has coached for just one losing team—in 2012 when Philadelphia went 4-12. He's experienced nine winning seasons and two with an 8-8 record, including this past year.
How many players remain on the Bears roster who were acquired before Ryan Pace became general manager?
By my count, there are only four players remaining with the Bears who joined the team before Ryan Pace was hired in 2015: Defensive back Sherrick McManis, who was acquired in a 2012 trade with the Houston Texans ; and three members of the Bears' 2014 draft class: First-round cornerback Kyle Fuller, sixth-round punter Patrick O'Donnell and seventh-round left tackle Charles Leno Jr.
As I was watching the XFL games this past weekend, I heard a few familiar names. How many former Bears are playing in the new upstart league?
Steele, North Dakota
I combed through all eight XFL rosters and found nine players who have appeared in at least one regular-season game with the Bears. They are D.C. Defenders tight end Khari Lee and kick returner Rashad Ross; Los Angeles Wildcats receiver Tre McBride and safety Ahmad Dixon; St. Louis Battlehawks safety Harold Jones-Quartey and tackle Matt McCants; Seattle Dragons defensive tackle Will Sutton and tight end Evan Rodriguez; and Tampa Bay Vipers defensive back Demontre Hurst. There are several others who spent training camp with the Bears and played in the preseason but did not appear in a regular-season game. There are also some familiar names coaching in the XFL. Former Bears head coach Marc Trestman is in the same role with the Vipers. Former Bears quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton is Defenders head coach. Former Bears offensive lineman Jerry Fontenot is the Wildcats' offensive line coach. And former Bears defensive line coach Don Johnson is in the same role with the Dragons.