They sure sound done with the headache of Cody Parkey, both from all the missed kicks and his self-serving use of national media. Pace said the Bears "need to get better there, it's an area of focus" and "we need more production out of that position," while Nagy reacted to Parkey's bizarre "Today Show" appearance.
"We talk about 'we' instead of 'me,' and I didn't necessarily think that was too much of a 'we' thing," Nagy said. "We win as a team, and we lose as a team."
It's hard to imagine they're planning to bring Parkey back after such a thorough public excoriation, despite any guaranteed money still owed him. Enough, already.
And Pace and Nagy went out of their way to leave open the chance for Kareem Hunt to be a Bear, even as the NFL has yet to announce what discipline he will face for battering a woman last February. Hunt remains on the commissioner's exempt list and is a free agent after being released by the Chiefs, and Nagy said he talked to the Pro Bowl running back just last week.
"A good conversation," Nagy said. "It's an unfortunate situation, a learning lesson for everybody."
Nagy also added, "I've been raised to give people a second chance, but every situation is different."
Not only is that not a "no" to the possibility of signing Hunt, it's Nagy disclosing that he's personally keeping tabs on a player and just recently checked in with him. This is the same franchise that endured the public embarrassment of the Ray McDonald signing, now possibly preparing to show us the difference between a 23-year-old superstar playmaker in Hunt and just another replaceable guy.
Pace merely said the inquiry about the possibility of adding Hunt was "a good question" and added, "Those things are all going to have to play out." In other words, stay tuned.
The full list of newsy bits Monday included Pace's insistence that tight end Trey Burton's injury was real enough to be diagnosed via MRI, the plan to exercise the fifth-year option in the contract of linebacker Leonard Floyd, a wait for secondary coach Ed Donatell to decide on his future, shoulder surgery for receiver Anthony Miller and confidence expressed in new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
It was also telling early on when Pace was asked about new coaches, he deferred to Nagy and redirected the question to him because "those are Matt's hires."
But two names emerged from the media availability that deserve to compel the most attention -- a kicker on his way out and a troubled but supremely talented running back who could find his way here.