Matt Nagy pushed all of the right buttons in his first season at the helm of the Bears.
Thanks in large part to a significant purchase and also a bright, fresh offensive-minded head coach, ” the Chicago Bears pulled off a stunning run to the NFC North title. While the Bears shined, the Minnesota Vikings and also the Green Bay Packers equally missed the match. Chicago claims victory in three of the four award categories.
Writer of the Year — Matt Nagy, Bears: Nagy is the absolute most successful first-year head coach in team history. Hired to displace John Fox in January, Nagy directed the Bears to 1-2 wins, the most successes by almost any Bears head coach in his first season as the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Nagy’s first order of business was to ditch the Bears’ outdated offensive competencies and also to put in a version of the exceptionally effective Andy Reid strategy — that the strategy Nagy learned while coaching under Reid from Philadelphia and Kansas City. The outcome in Year 1 were more than anticipated. Second-year quarter back Mitchell Trubisky flourished in Nagy’so offense, since his passer rating jumped from 77.5 to 95.4. Beyond the Bears’ obvious on-field developments, Nagy also revolutionized the civilization inside Halas Hall. From the procedure, he accomplished the almost unthinkable: Nagy made the Bears cool again. Almost most of Nagy’s most creative ideas functioned. The 40-year-old altered the postgame locker room into”Club Dub” later kisses, staged weekly offense vs. defense dance-offs and regularly maintained defenses guessing through the use of trickery inside the red zone. After years of misery for its franchise, Nagy gets the Bears garnering attention for all the perfect reasons.
Offensive MVP — Adam Thielen, Vikings: The two time Pro Bowl wide receiver attached an NFL record in 2018 from notching 100 yards receiving in each of their first eight games of this year. His strong campaign capped off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Ever since his breakout season a couple of decades before, Thielen has come to be one of the NFL’s top receiving threats and a few of its best underdog stories. He climbed from rookie try out player to elite ability. Their chemistry helped the Vikings achieve top-10 amounts in total offense and passing yards on and enabled the offense to compensate to get the game it fought to launch. Toward the close of the calendar year, teams finally begun to treat Thielen like a No. 1 recipient by dedicating two defenders to himwhich hindered his production down the stretch. Still, by season’s end, Thielen finished tied for fourth in the league in receptions (113); he was ninth in receiving yards (1,373); also he also finished tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns (10) together with his teammate Stefon Diggs and New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas.
Defensive MVP — Khalil Mack, Bears: The purchase of Mack from the Oakland Raiders on Sept. Inch pushed the Bears’ defense on the very best. Already a respected unit before Mack’s advent, Chicago’s D became the most feared group from the league after Mack — that the 20-16 NFL Defensive Player of the Year — combined the mixture. Mack led the Bears with 12.5 sacks, tied for third most time in Chicago’s single-season heritage. Mack and Hall of Famer Richard Dent are the only Bears to reach 12.5 sacks in a single season. In his first month as a Bear, Mack listed five sacks, four forced fumbles, one interception return for a touchdown, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery, on the way to winning NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors in September.
Rookie of the Year — Roquan Smith, Bears: The overall selection of this 2018 NFL draft, Smith missed most of the preseason due to injuries and also a contract impasse, however he recuperated to get impactful newcomer season old. Smith finished second alltime among Bears rookies with 122 tackles, also he’d 10-plus tackles in six games. The Georgia product also has been the first Bears guardian since Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher to capture four sacks and one interception in his rookie season. The best is still ahead for Smith, who doesn’t even turn 22 until April. The Bears drafted Smith because of his rare combination of speed and strength, which makes him an ideal every-down linebacker in Vic Fangio’s scheme.