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We are live from the first midwest Bank studio, we're on till three o'clock. We're open for business in your phone calls at three one two three three two three seven seven six or you can get at us on Twitter will respond throughout the show. A lot of bears conversation as wild card weekend in the NFL. Is here the bears in the eagles. They face off tomorrow, and we have three games in the NFL wild card weekend before we get to bears and eagles of dollar, but we're here to talk Chicago Bears football, Chris it's been eight long years, you could have gone through high school twice. Well, some people did you could have been born in two thousand ten and you don't know what it's like to see the bears in the playoffs. How crazy is that before finally tomorrow three forty after going through high school? School and college you could have completed higher education. I guess so you could have gone to college and then gotten your master's degree. And you could have still not seen a bears playoff game. But now that time is over. Now, we are in the present the bears are in the playoffs. They play the eagles three forty tomorrow on the lakefront so curse Buckingham here on ESPN one thousand we'll talk to you about the Chicago Bears this hour and next hour here till three o'clock and then Dickerson takeover on ESPN one thousand at three. So Adam as we start the conversation here one thing that I you know, we will get into the bears in the eagles a full presidential term. Chris. Eight years that's kind of where I start with all of this. Because if you're a bears fan, you live in the city, the city of Chicago, and you watch this team and what's happened over. The course of the last eight years, it is fascinating to me to kind of look back and think about what happened when lovey Smith was fired, and what took place with this franchise since then why has this team been so bad for so long, and why has this season been so fantastic to watch a pleasant surprise. I think to most and I think if we were sitting here at this spot last year, I don't think anyone would have predicted logically that this team would be where they are right now. And I think when you take a look at it, and you think back to eight years ago. The last time they played in a playoff game. The last time they won a playoff game the divisional round against the Seahawks. It is crazy to think about where the bears were at that time. If you were a Chicago bear fan sitting watching those teams the team eight years ago that got to the playoffs the cry from the fan base, the cry from myself from you we were doing the best one thousand podcasts, then that's a long we've been doing this here on ESPN. Second time capsule. The conversation was this wabi. Smith is good. The bears are good. It's not good enough. And that was the theory to why lovey Smith need to be fired. Because we as bears fans wanted more. We strive for excellence. This is the charter franchise of the NFL, we should be competing for championships, and then the Trestman era, the Emory era into the John FOX, Sarah in I don't think any of us would have ever expected it to get so bad. And it's incredible that Ryan pace in one year as turn everything around. But if you go back to eight years ago when lovey Smith was fired. He was good. Don't get this wrong. I think the lasting memory of lovey Smith in Chicago will be those teams were good. He was good. It was not good enough for us bears fans. I think what happened. Chris is the NFL changed and lovey Smith. Didn't he didn't adapt. Right. You you saw he brought in Mike Martz to be an offensive coordinator. They promoted Mike ties to be an offensive coordinator. The NFL was evolving. The drew Brees is Tom Brady's the Aaron Rodgers. We're taking over the NFL and it was becoming an offensive driven league. And the bears were clinging to this defense that while was still good was getting old the Lance Briggs is the peanut tillman's. Brian Urlacher all great all Bryner locker in the hall of fame. Now, all great players were just getting old. And I mean, it's you can't stop time. Right. So these guys got old and lovey didn't kind of adapt to the new offensive systems that were coming into the NFL. So then you saw the drastic change. Let's bring in an offensive guy. Let's bring in the bookworm trust, Mark Trestman. And let's run this offense that he's been a great offensive coordinator. But let's give him a shot. Even though no one's giving them a shot at has a head coach. Let's be the ones to give him a shot as head coach. So they did and it was horrible. So then let's go to the complete opposite way. Was horrible. Let's go the complete opposite way. Let's go to John FOX defensive-minded run run run run run run run run pass run run run. Right. But let's kind of rebuild this defense. Let's bring in ba- Vic Fangio, let's rebuild this defense to what it used to be. And they did that they buy some statistics yards per play had a top ten defense. So then you're like, okay. Well, now, we need a good mix of both. Let's keep Vic Fangio and all credit to Ryan pace for convincing Vic Fangio to stay probably one of the best moves. He's made say, hey, you're going to be the head coach of the defense. We're not gonna mess with you. Matt Nagy is not gonna mess with you. And let's bring in the offense of guru of Matt Nagy. Let's give them some weapons. We've got a young quarterback. Let's see what he can do. And now like you said, I don't think anybody predicted this some people predicted more wins once they added Khalil Mack. And they they made that block. Buster trade for Khalil Mack. But I don't think anybody thought that this year in the first year of Matt Nagy with a second year quarterback. But the first year in a new system thought that we would be talking about the bears winning the division having the number three seed and having a shot at legitimate shot at going to the Super Bowl and winning the SuperBowl. Chris black Amax dollar here on ESPN one thousand talking Chicago Bears football with you in. Let's not get it twisted Ryan pace over the last year may have had the best year by GM or someone running a team in the history of Chicago sports. And I'm not saying that because this is what's in front of us at this moment. I know THEO Epstein has done a great job with the cubs is turning around what they were doing on the north side. And I know in the past you had championships with the Chicago Bulls and decisions made there by the front office in those situations. But listen when. We were looking at this football team last season. They were no good. And it seemed like they didn't understand current NFL football. Now, only do they understand it now, and they have a leader Matt Nagy to take us to the future in an offensive game plan, but they theoretically have a quarterback they have a head coach, and they have one of the five best players football who wasn't on this roster midsummer. And I think what Ryan pace did this year adding to the defense in the draft roquan Smith making smart decisions in re-signing corners, Cal fuller now in all pro corner who would have ever saw that coming Vic Fangio being convinced the say like Adam just suggested all of these decisions go to the credit of Ryan pace and what he's done in the last year. And I think if you take a look at it stacked up compared to everything there were people in this city that were suggesting that Ryan pace get fired after last season. And he has made one of the great recovery's in all GM ING in all of sports. Let me be the first to say I was. Is wrong. Chris. I was wrong. Sean producing the show. I was wrong. I was wrong about Ryan pace. But you're not gonna apologize. Eric, eric. There's a glare. Say sorry sorry. Go ahead Erick for not seeing you and sorry for I was wrong about Ryan pace. But I will say this. I think that the the the best thing about what Ryan pace is done and the difference between him and THEO Epstein away. The cubs were bad. It's easy to just I did is great. But there was a formula. There be really really bad acquired dry draft picks draft the right guys. Hope they hit and all that Ryan pace screwed up. Right. A few times. What's the difference is is that he rectified those mistakes. We crushed him forgiving. Kyle fuller money who knew that this was going to be the people said oh, Eddie Jackson, broken leg. Don't want him. Why are you drafting oh now he looks like the steel of of that draft as far as he fell where you got him in the fourth round absolutely Torri Cohn. Who's this little guy doing flips that he can't play? He didn't play division one. This little dude doing flips. What is this your drafting et cetera to play guard your drafty you're playing guards to play center. What are you doing your trading up for a quarterback? You're giving away draft picks for Khalil Mack. What are you doing? What are you doing? You know, what the difference is the turnaround? He fixed his mistakes, and now he's possibly you'd like you said he's doing the best job of any GM in the city. And I'll be the first to admit, that's fine. I was wrong about Ryan pace. All credit Duda. Ryan pace right now. We'll see about the quarterback that remains to be seen because I don't think you can fully say he's developed over the year. I don't know we truly we don't truly know what? Mitchell Trubisky is going to be as a quarterback after one year in the system. I don't think that's fair to him or the organization to make a judgment call on him yet. But as for Ryan pace right now, he has done a great job turning around this franchise. I mean to say, you know, what Mitch Trubisky is at this moment that that's naive because you don't know to suggest that maybe he'll never get it. I think is something that people could suggest because I think we've seen plenty of plays. Plenty of times where it seems like he's not going to take that elite step. The thing is he doesn't need to for this team to be successful. Now, that's a conversation that we'll have over the next three years whether or not the bears need to give him a franchise changing contract and make him the quarterback for the future. Because as we've seen the stat be tweeted out left and right. It was all over sportscenter the six highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. None of them are in the playoffs. So I if you want to really look at the cap and how to structure team for the future. A franchise quarterback has to be so good that he makes up for gaps in other places on the roster. Where there's a good chance at Trubisky will never be that good boy as we're saying, that's fine. And that is certainly okay this weekend. Because as we start the focus in off of this bears conversation into tomorrow's game against the eagles at three forty. The thing is Trubisky doesn't have to be great. What Ryan pace has given. Matt Nagy Nagy's ability to put together a game plan for Trubisky. The defense Nagy everything. That goes into it Trubisky doesn't have to be great all he has to do is get out of the way. And I hope people don't hear that in say man that guy is taking a negative stance entre Bisky, norm not that is a realistic stance. They have the defense shows up in Trubisky. Moves the ball to the right guy who's open each and every time and gets the ball of his hands. Maybe runs for a couple first downs on third down when the the the the gates open and there's no one in the middle of the field..