Bears' Matt Nagy calls pre-draft Mitchell Trubisky meeting 'unbelievable'

From ESPN - January 9, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears excluded Mitchell Trubisky from their interview with Matt Nagy because general manager Ryan Pace felt that Nagy, introduced as the Bears new head coach on Tuesday, already had knowledge of the young quarterback from the time they spent together prior to the 2017 NFL draft.

We talked about it and at the end of the day we didnt include him in the interview process, Pace said on Tuesday. I did think it helped that Kansas City was aggressive with their research [of Trubisky prior to the draft] as well. So, Matt knew a lot about Mitch and he said he had him in his facility all day long during that process. I know Mitch took a lot from Matt in that experience. But I felt like they already knew each other without having Mitch involved in the interview.

Nagys success in Chicago hinges on the development of Trubisky, who started 12 games as a rookie. The second overall pick of last years draft, Trubisky passed for 2,193 yards and had seven touchdowns and seven interceptions for a Bears team that finished 5-11.

In Kansas City last year we were looking for a quarterback, Nagy said. We went through the process just like the other teams that needed quarterbacks were going through at the combine, doing interviews and trying to talk to him as much as possible. But its just too hard to figure out who that player is, who that person is, in 15 minutes.

I had an opinion of Mitch where he was kind of introverted and I felt scripted, which 95 percent of the guys are in that atmosphere. But we went ahead and took several quarterbacks that we were interested in and brought them in and basically had them for six or seven hours and let their personalities show, let them be who they are just in front of us. After six hours of being with Mitch, it was unbelievable. He did a wonderful job -- thought hes a helluva person and thought he knew football inside and out. It was fun talking ball with him. So to see him get here just today, it was neat.

The Chiefs did end up taking a quarterback, Texas Techs Patrick Mahomes II, with the 10th overall pick.


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