Everyone was upset after the Bears lost to the Packers in humiliating fashion last week. On primetime Sunday Night Football, the 41-point beating the Packers put on the Bears’ defense was finally enough to piss Matt Nagy off. Following the loss, Nagy addressed the problems in a Zoom call stating they were embarrassed and lacked pride. That put the final nail in the coffin and Matt Nagy has lost the locker room.
After calling out the defensive effort for letting the Packers rip them apart, it would not be surprising to see another pitiful showing from this team. Entering the Week 13 matchup with the Detroit Lions, the Bears were riding a five-game losing streak. They also had only put up seven offensive points in the third quarter all season. The game against Detroit started strong. The Bears actually managed to score over 20 points in a game, let alone in the first half. Then the third quarter came and they did what they usually do: nothing.
It seemed as though they were going to win this game, albeit in a closer fashion than originally thought. The Lions are not a good team. They shouldn’t have been able to muster a comeback against this “Super Bowl-caliber defense”. Then the fourth quarter happened.
The Bears began passing the ball when they should have been running it to kill the clock. David Montgomery logged 72 rushing yards and two scores on the afternoon. The run game had been working, so why stop? After Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown to Marvin Jones to cut the Bears’ lead to only three points, a strip-sack forced a Mitchell Trubisky fumble. This gave the Lions exactly what they needed for their unlikely turnaround. A few plays went by and Adrian Peterson ran into the end zone for his second score of the game, ruining Bears fans’ days.
Why Would They Continue to Play Hard for This Coach?
Down by four points with under two minutes remaining, the Bears needed a desperate game-winning drive to salvage the season. What did they do? Run the ball of course! Isn’t that what everyone at the professional level of football does when your team is down and you need a quick score?
The answer is no, and furthermore, Matt Nagy has some serious issues now. This team looked deflated down the stretch. The defense looked soft and the offense looked redundant. The players looked like they didn’t even want to try to win the game. Allen Robinson stepped out of bounds in the final drive when he could have gone just a couple of yards further to gain a first down.
They looked like they just wanted it to be over and prayed they hung onto a win. This “head coach” Matt Nagy has lost the locker room.
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor are both at fault here as well. At the time of Pagano’s hiring, he claimed to be a more aggressive play-caller than his predecessor, Vic Fangio.
Pagano continually refuses to blitz and instead drops players like Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn into coverage. It was great to have Akiem Hicks back, but that monster of a man cannot do everything.
Bill Lazor is supposed to be the coordinator with loads of experience here. He is supposed to be Nagy’s crutch when Nagy can’t get things right. Apparently, he can’t do his job right either and that’s indicative of a larger overall problem than just the play-calling duties.
Don’t bother listening to the words we’re going to be force-fed about this game and team. All we will hear in the coming days following this loss will be smoke and pseudo-accountability. This team is done. Matt Nagy has lost the locker room and this head coach is done. These defensive and offensive coordinators are done. General manager Ryan Pace has had enough chances that he has blown and he is done. Worst of all, the team is so bad that the fans are done. It doesn’t get much worse than that.