Bears head coach Matt Nagy admits to having about 750 different plays each game
Head coach Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears have quietly turned themselves into NFC contenders this season. After years of struggling and underperforming, the Bears appear ready to prove that they are back.
So far this season, Chicago has accumulated a 6-3 record. They are still receiving criticism due to their schedule, as many do not feel that they have beaten a quality team outside of the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to not beating a playoff caliber team other than Seattle, the Bears have lost to the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.
Despite the criticism, the Bears have not stopped focusing on their goal for the 2018 season. Nagy has made sure his team is prepared each and every week with a hefty playbook.
According to a report shared by Jeff Dickerson of ESPN, Nagy goes into each game with about 750 different plays that he could call at any given moment.
Matt Nagy responds to Mike Zimmer saying the Bears have 800 different plays on offense each week. "It's more like 750," Nagy said with a smile.
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) November 14, 2018
Needless to say, that is a lot of plays for a coach and team to have up their sleeve for one specific game.
Chicago’s offense has taken a huge leap forward this season under Nagy. Second-year starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has improved dramatically. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have given the Bears a legitimate ground game to take pressure off Trubisky and the aerial attack.
At this point in the season, the Bears are ranked No. 18 in total offense. That ranking may not seem great, but they are playing at a much higher level than years past.
Nagy and company believe that they can compete to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 53. Beating the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints won’t be an easy task, but the Bears are young enough and confident enough to not care about how tough the road ahead may be.