One of the most avid supporters of the McDonald signing was bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio of course spent 4 years with McDonald in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014, and defended the signing from the beginning saying “Obviously I’d been around him for four years, so I knew what kind of guy he was on a daily basis, and nobody gets to know players and players get to know coaches more than when you’re in football because we’re with those guys eight, nine hours a day, and in training camp more.”
George McCaskey (the bears chairman) was quoted saying “The first thing, before he ever walked in the door, I gave him a lot of credit just for proposing the idea (of a meeting). Because Ryan had asked me for permission to pursue him. And we had a file on him with the information that we had gathered (on the legal issues) and I looked at the file and came back and said no. So Ryan said, 'Fine. We'll move on to the next guy.' And then Ray -- I don’t know if he contacted Vic (Fangio) or Ryan directly or I don’t know how it came about -- but he asked if I’d be willing to meet with him and I said yes. So the fact that he proposed that idea, I gave him a lot of credit for.”
Well, George McCaskey, Ryan Pace and co. were reminded of a very fundamental principle: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
This begs the question moving forward, though, of who will replace McDonald at defensive end in Fangio’s new 3-4 scheme? With Eddie Goldman presumably starting at nose tackle, Jeremiah Ratliff, Ego Furgeson, Will Sutton, and FA signee Jarvis Jenkins will be fighting for those 2 end positions. If you are a bears fan looking for some good news, it was announced that there will be no cap hit for McDonald, whose contract was worth a mere 1.037 million.