A quick glance at items of interest as Week 9 rolls on in the NFL:
Pressure’s on: Matt Nagy. With his slumping team mired in the funk of the three-game losing streak it will take to Philly, the Bears coach showed his players clips of the freshly crowned World Series champion Washington Nationals. The point was clear: The Nationals had a path to glory despite a 19-31 record after 50 games. The Bears (3-4) have dropped to last place in the NFC North after starting 3-1 but can still hope for a magnificent finish. Now if only Nagy had Stephen Strasburg or Max Scherzer throwing the pill.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky – whom the braintrust traded up to pick No. 2 overall in 2017 rather than Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes – has regressed. Nagy, whose offensive background got him the job, has hardly coached him up. Nagy’s penchant for creative gimmick plays has waned, too, as he directs one of the NFL’s most ineffective offenses. And it’s open season on his game-management decisions, magnified with the moves (and non-moves) in crunch time that contributed to the heartbreaking loss against the Chargers last Sunday. Trying to extract inspiration from the Nats seems like another gimmick. If it doesn’t work, they can try "Remember the Titans." Or better yet, "Titanic."