After the Chicago Bears’ Monday Night 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Matt Nagy is facing tough questions as his team sits 5-2.
Many argued that this would be a game in which the Bears showed that they were either a legitimate force in the NFC or a team that took advantage of a light first few weeks. Unfortunately, it seems like the answer to that question is the latter. Early on, the defense wobbled as the Rams picked them apart in multiple fashions and got out in front early, setting the offense up to play from behind. You know the story: a lack of red-zone offense, bad play calling, and only mustering a field goal caused frustration to glaze over Bears Twitter.
The one thing that you may be able to point out here that went well for the Bears is that Cole Kmet caught a pair of passes to start the game… yes, that’s it. Due to a handful of outstanding punts, the offense was pinned at the ten-yard line or deeper as they tried to play catch up. This isn’t necessarily the best recipe for a win, but you know that and so does Matt Nagy because he’s not an idiot. I know, you get it, the Bears lost and it was painful to watch, but let’s be honest with ourselves. Who is really to blame here?
Matt Nagy’s Postgame Comments
Do I know what it’s like to be a coach? Absolutely not. With that being said, take this next paragraph however you may.
Nagy expressed that he didn’t want to point the finger at anyone specifically on offense because they’re all in it together and they need to figure this out as it’s not good enough.
Well, if he won’t say it, I will. The offensive line needs help desperately. It’s the foundation of the offense and is the starting point in every single play. A run game cannot exist if there’s nowhere to run. No legitimate passing attack exists without time to throw the ball. Let’s be honest, no confidence exists when your quarterback has less than a second to throw the ball and your running back, who has shown signs of being effective, has virtually no chance to make anything happen.
We should actually be happy Le’Veon Bell didn’t end up in Chicago because it would have been another reason to throw stones at general manager Ryan Pace. The fact of the matter is, thinking that swapping coaches was going to fix the physical battle of pass- and run-blocking was idiotic.
Taking a step back, the Bears are 5-2 and saying anything that may hurt the locker room could cause it to spiral. But I think you and I both know that Nagy’s “protect their feelings” approach” is annoying at this point. We don’t know if he directly addresses these aspects of the game or not behind closed doors, but one time I’d love to hear Nagy express dismay with someone and not back that up with praise for something else. Being positive is great, but so is winning football games and fixing glaring issues that even fans know need to be fixed.
After a game that saw the Bears’ defense outscore its offense 7-3 courtesy of an Eddie Jackson scoop-and-score, the uneasy feeling of having a bottom-of-the-barrel offense will continue unless personnel changes are made on the line. I may be wrong, maybe this can be fixed with different techniques and game plans. But from where I sit, it simply looks like the group out there just can’t get it done.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The Bears have a three-game stretch which includes a pair of home games against the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings that sandwich a road contest against the Tennessee Titans before their Week 11 bye. What are your thoughts about these games? Will this team figure it out on offense and build on their five wins or will they need to scratch and claw to stay relevant in the NFC North?
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