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NFL playoff droughts: Team most likely to end lengthy dry spell?

Heading into the 2018 campaign, here are the six longest playoff droughts in the NFL:

Cleveland Browns: 2002
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2007
Chicago Bears: 2010
New York Jets: 2010
Los Angeles Chargers: 2013
San Francisco 49ers: 2013

Who has the best chance of snapping their postseason dry spell in 2018? Got 'em ranked right here, from most likely to least likely:

1) Los Angeles Chargers

2) Chicago Bears

2017 record: 5-11 (fourth in NFC North)

OK, hear me out ...

A team with a talented roster -- and a highly drafted rookie QB -- underachieves behind an old-school coach. But then, that team hires a sizzling, young, brilliant offensive mind with a playbook for the modern NFL, makes a huge splash in free agency and adds some pieces in the draft to eventually become the toast of the NFL.

Wait, that was last year's Rams, right? Yes. But in 2018, Matt Nagy, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears have dibs on this surging narrative. Only this time, the sequel will be better than the original. Like "The Dark Knight" and whatnot.

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4) San Francisco 49ers

5) Cleveland Browns

6) New York Jets

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000932950/article/nfl-playoff-droughts-team-most-likely-to-end-lengthy-dry-spell

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The Shadow wrote:

That is neat, Shadow!

I found Sayers, the Fridge and Sweetness just glancing over it!

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That is neat, Shadow!

I found Sayers, the Fridge and Sweetness just glancing over it!

That is pretty cool....... where did you find that?

 

Butkus never wore an earring

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Matt Nagy quickly winning over Bears’ defense: ‘He was born for this’

Adam L. Jahns

Getting a day off from coach Matt Nagy was just the start. For second-year safety Eddie Jackson, a day spent at Topgolf made it special for everyone.

“[Nagy] won us over, I think, really last week with the Topgolf thing,” Jackson said. “It was something where everybody can get to know each other better with coaches and players.”

Nagy is still in the honeymoon phase of his takeover of Halas Hall.

For now, players are excited for different reasons. On offense, it’s what Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich are doing to modernize their attack for quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

On defense, the excitement begins with Nagy’s decision to retain coordinator Vic Fangio and his entire staff. But players also are experiencing what Nagy’s changes mean for the entire team. He’s finding ways to connect with them, whether it’s through weekly meetings or showing off on the field.

“He’s coming in here and wants to turn everything,” Jackson said Wednesday during organized team activities. “Everyone’s on board for it.”

That includes linebacker Danny Trevathan, who spent five of his six NFL seasons under John Fox. Trevathan sounds rejuvenated when discussing Nagy.

“We know he’s a hard worker just like we are,” Trevathan said. “He’s up there working just like we are.”

As far as first impressions go, Trevathan took note of everything.

“I like the way he came in,” Trevathan said. “He came in humble, but he was hungry. He came in anxious, moving around in the meetings. I like that. That gets me fired up. I feel like we’ve got a good leader up here in the head coach.”

Trevathan rambled off several of Nagy’s main messages, a good sign from a player signed two years ago because he was a “Fox guy.”

“Just be yourself, man, that was one of his mottos,” Trevathan said. “Be obsessed to be great, and be obsessed with winning. If you be yourself all the time, then you’ll be all right out here, and that’s all we want.”

The Bears want wins, too. But it’s May. At this point in the offseason program, Nagy’s off-the-field messages are nearly as important as what’s happening on it. Not only is he in the early stages of the installation of his offense, he has players to win over on both sides of the ball.

“I would say Nagy can be stern, and he can be playful, also,” said cornerback Prince Amukamara, who played under former Giants coach Tom Coughlin, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and Fox.

“When you’re a first-year coach, you want to win your guys, and you want to be firm, and he’s doing that. You can’t really tell he’s a rookie coach or whatever. I feel like he was born for this, and he’s doing a great job.”

This includes finding ways to connect with defensive players. For Jackson, a golf outing helped. For Amukamara, it’s trash talk.

“I like to talk stuff to him,” Amukamara said. “He’ll say something like, ‘We’re coming at you 2-0’ and stuff like that. That just brings out the competition, and you always want that in your head coach.”

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Coach Nagy giddy over Cohen

The Chicago Bears didn’t have a lot of playmakers on offense in 2017, but new head coach Matt Nagy had his eye on one as he took over the team this offseason.

He couldn’t get to work with Tarik Cohen until OTAs started Wednesday, but he’s already excited about having the versatile weapon in his offense.

“He’s actually the one kid on this team that I knew had a lot of talent, but he comes out here and runs every route the right way, catches most balls and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Nagy told reporters at OTAs. “He’s a player you get giddy about.”

Cohen came on strong at the start of last year as the Bears’ secret weapon, but once teams knew what to expect, they were ready for him. The offensive staff wasn’t able to find new ways to keep him involved, and his production dropped as the season wore on. (The Dowell Loggains Legacy)

In steps Nagy with a reputation for innovation, and it’s a match made in heaven with Cohen.

Bears fans are excited to see what the new head coach and new offense do with “The Human Video Game.” Everyone is expecting him to take it to the next level. (Pretty sure he is called "The Human Joystick")

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Bears LB Danny Trevathan: Roquan Smith is ‘the right guy to fit our defense’

Patrick Finley

The Bears threw a pass into the flat Wednesday, an unremarkable play they’ll repeat hundreds of times between now and the start of the season roughly three months and three weeks away.

Roquan Smith, in only his second organized-team-activity practice, hadn’t seen the starters do it often. He acted as though he had.

“He just came out like a rocket and made a play,” coach Matt Nagy said. “And that made me chuckle a little bit because that’s what I saw on tape.”

Nagy almost stumbled upon Smith’s college nickname, “The Montezuma Missile,” an ode to his hometown. To survive the red glare of the NFC North’s passing attacks — the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins, on the heels of the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history, might be the third-best quarterback in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford — the Bears need more rockets.

“I feel like we just needed to make some more plays, big-time plays — turnovers, getting in there and getting [tackles for loss], sacking the quarterback,” fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “Getting some dances out there, something. Just having fun, man. Making more plays and just being loud and more disruptive.”

They doubled their takeaway total last year, up to 22, after logging 11 more fumble recoveries than in 2016. That was good for a three-way tie for 13th place in takeaways — but, Trevathan said, not good enough.

The veteran’s health could help them raise that figure. A year ago, Trevathan still was recovering from a potentially career-threatening ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.

“I feel like I’m right where I need to be, health-wise, body-wise, mindset,” said Trevathan, who has started only 20 of a possible 32 games since joining the Bears from the Super Bowl-champion Broncos. “I’ve got the right group, and we’ve got the right people out here.”

If the No. 8 overall pick is as dynamic as the Bears hope, perhaps he’ll make Trevathan redundant in 2019, the year before his contract expires. For this season, at least, the team envisions the two as a perfect pairing, with Trevathan’s leadership and Smith’s explosion fulfilling the major job requirements of a modern NFL defense: to play in space against increasingly spread-out offenses.

“We got the right guy to fit our defense,” Trevathan said of Smith.

Nick Kwiatkoski, who was penciled in as a starter before the draft, took Smith’s selection in stride. While the Bears haven’t anointed the rookie as the starter yet, it’s likely a matter of time. Kwiatkoski, though, said he hasn’t been asked to move to edge rusher, where the Bears are perilously thin.

“We’re trying to get better as a team,” Kwiatkoski said. “That’s how it is, what the draft’s for. It is what it is. Things haven’t changed a bit.”

Smith is trying to lean on Trevathan and Kwiatkoski for help.

“Wow, man, just seeing those guys out here and being teammates with those guys — all their experience — and just learn new things from them,” Smith said. “Because they know a lot. They’ve been around the block a few times.”

Nagy cited Trevathan’s demeanor — the veteran prides himself on avoiding mental errors like an oncoming blocker — as one reason he’ll be a good mentor for Smith.

Trevathan took note of his work ethic.

“He’s just out here trying to get better,” Trevathan said. “That’s what I like about him. He’s calling the call sheets out. He’s learning the plays. That’s what you want in him. You want him to come out here and be humble. You want him to work hard. I see that in his eyes, coming out here.

“It’s a lot of lights on him. It’s a lot of attention on him. But he’s finding himself out here, coming out here and trying to make some plays.”

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Coach Nagy giddy over Cohen

The Chicago Bears didn’t have a lot of playmakers on offense in 2017, but new head coach Matt Nagy had his eye on one as he took over the team this offseason.

He couldn’t get to work with Tarik Cohen until OTAs started Wednesday, but he’s already excited about having the versatile weapon in his offense.

“He’s actually the one kid on this team that I knew had a lot of talent, but he comes out here and runs every route the right way, catches most balls and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Nagy told reporters at OTAs. “He’s a player you get giddy about.”

Cohen came on strong at the start of last year as the Bears’ secret weapon, but once teams knew what to expect, they were ready for him. The offensive staff wasn’t able to find new ways to keep him involved, and his production dropped as the season wore on. (The Dowell Loggains Legacy)

In steps Nagy with a reputation for innovation, and it’s a match made in heaven with Cohen.

Bears fans are excited to see what the new head coach and new offense do with “The Human Video Game.” Everyone is expecting him to take it to the next level. (Pretty sure he is called "The Human Joystick")

Now how could anyone know a sweep left or sweep right was coming? I mean come on.....! devil

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Coach Nagy giddy over Cohen

The Chicago Bears didn’t have a lot of playmakers on offense in 2017, but new head coach Matt Nagy had his eye on one as he took over the team this offseason.

He couldn’t get to work with Tarik Cohen until OTAs started Wednesday, but he’s already excited about having the versatile weapon in his offense.

“He’s actually the one kid on this team that I knew had a lot of talent, but he comes out here and runs every route the right way, catches most balls and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Nagy told reporters at OTAs. “He’s a player you get giddy about.”

Cohen came on strong at the start of last year as the Bears’ secret weapon, but once teams knew what to expect, they were ready for him. The offensive staff wasn’t able to find new ways to keep him involved, and his production dropped as the season wore on. (The Dowell Loggains Legacy)

In steps Nagy with a reputation for innovation, and it’s a match made in heaven with Cohen.

Bears fans are excited to see what the new head coach and new offense do with “The Human Video Game.” Everyone is expecting him to take it to the next level. (Pretty sure he is called "The Human Joystick")

Now how could anyone know a sweep left or sweep right was coming? I mean come on.....! devil

IKR I mean they disguised it by never running it with any other player either!

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That is neat, Shadow!

I found Sayers, the Fridge and Sweetness just glancing over it!

McMahon in the stands...also Romo and Theismann's career enders (ouch)

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