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OPINION: Matt Nagy’s Postgame Comments are Weaker than the Bears’ Offensive Line

Following the Bears’ 24-10 loss to the Rams, head coach Matt Nagy refrained from pointing fingers at anyone for another offensive blunder.

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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?

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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.

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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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Jedidiah Robson
Jedidiah Robson
7 months ago

Wow very right on . The only thing I would say different is the fact that Nagy is calling 5 to 7 step drop back passes . These are great when you are winning or are a score away from the lead . Then you throw out your arsenal . Foles summed it up before the game even started. That right there tells you how bad Nagy is calling plays. These pitch outs to Patterson will work when the D dense isn’t expecting it . I know football pretty well. I’m one of those awesome couch QBs lol. So with that being said I know I don’t know anything really but I can tell you on the fourth and 1 call I already had said as soon as I saw the formation that it was going to be a pitch to Patterson. If I can see that and call that before it happens then what do you think the opposing teams see. It wouldn’t hurt for someone else to call plays even for like a series or two. Just for a different eye on offense to help out are O line. Nagy keeps his faith with them but he needs to realize they are very week and need to be In place to block. You watch Leno’s tape and see how well he does on the move. He is like a brick in cement. We need to stop running zone schemes and just pound the ball. Let Ryan Nall smash into the pile time to time . I would rather give him a shot up the middle with one yard to go then try a gimmick sweep or pitch. This message is for Nagy, you are a good coach and we can see that. Please quit out coaching yourself because the other teams are wise to it now. Just play some smash mouth football and give your O line a chance to run down hill and hit people . It wouldn’t hurt to try at least I don’t think it would .

BearLovely
BearLovely
7 months ago

Where to go from here? This oline was once an okay outside zone blocking unit. So, do what they do best. They have been some nice trap blocks, but one seldom sees it being used over the course of games. Trap blocking success can be dependent on the match-ups, but even blindly trying a few in a game is more than we see from Nagy. Find a weakness and exploit it.
Nagy’s grab bag approach to play calling isn’t working. Being predictable in a sense has it’s advantage. Find something that will get the team 4 yards a crack and grind out first downs. Make the defense adjust and then exploit the defensive bias.
We have a pretty good back, but how many times do you see him fake into the line and then transition to a pass route? All you see is a chip block at best out of shotgun with a short screen route all done in front of the linebackers. Earlier in the season there was some success with play action and even I formation–now there’s none of that. Why?
Put one of the TE’s in motion and let him lead block for Montgomery, which is a play in Nagy’s playbook. But you seldom see it. Once the LB starts jumping into the hole fake the handoff and send Montgomery to the LB’s zone for a short pass.
There are 2 potentially very good TE’s- Graham and Kmet, but I haven’t seen any packages for them let alone trying to feature them. How about a 12 set and run a rub with the TE’s? Monday we did see some targets going to the TE’s although it didn’t help the outcome.
Nagy’s bread and butter, if there is such, is the medium and presumably long passing game, but it gets pressured by the lack of time to throw. Defenses focus on the 10-20 yard zones. They nickel and dime up the offense and spy on the RB. Then occasionally blitz, and “boom” the offense is done.
Last year Nagy noted that the passing game can open up the running game. Not sure I’ve ever heard another coach say that. In the last few games the Bears passed 60-70% of the time. Montgomery averaged 2.9, 3.1 and 3.4 yards per carry. Foles has 5.9 yards per pass, which is second lowest for QB’s with over 100 passes (lowest being Sam Darnold at 5.7). Even Trubisky with 86 pass attempts had 6.5 yards per pass.
Better strategy and better tactics. The Bears offense is not the KC Chiefs offense. Stop trying to make them play like it.

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