The Chicago Bears’ offensive struggles continued on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams, but Matt Nagy is not giving up play-calling duties.
Nagy said he will continue to serve that function, though he is not totally opposed to passing the play-calling baton:
“I always look at all that,” Nagy said, via Chris Emma of 670 The Score. “That’s the very first thing I look at, is (play-calling). I talk to our coaches. We talk through that whole process. I really am honestly not opposed. There’s no opposition from me if that’s what we feel the issue is. We look at that. Right now, where we’re at, that’s not where we think it’s at. But at the same point in time, I’ll always look each week.”
Nagy has come under scrutiny for Chicago’s lack of success on the offensive side of the football.
The Bears rank 29th in total yards gained and last in rushing yards. Nagy has also had a strange tendency to give carries to Cordarrelle Patterson over running back David Montgomery, and he has dialed up passing plays at strange junctures in games.
There was more gas thrown on the fire when ESPN’s Brian Griese suggested a disconnect between Nagy and starting quarterback Nick Foles:
Brian Griese just said that Nick Foles told the ESPN crew that sometimes Nagy sends in a play call and Foles already knows it won't work because he won't have enough time after the snap. That's something.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 27, 2020
Foles tried to clarify the situation, but fans are certainly fed up with Nagy’s offense.
Meanwhile, Injuries have certainly not helped the Bears.
The offensive line has been totally decimated in recent weeks, and center Cody Whitehair suffered a setback against the Rams on Monday. Chicago had no answer for the steady pressure generated by L.A. throughout the game, and Foles seemed helpless to even step into a throw.
Nagy has seemingly lacked the creativity he displayed in his first year as head coach, when Mitchell Trubisky saw vast improvement and the Bears utilized guys like Tarik Cohen in the slot and out of the backfield.
Unless Nagy can rediscover what initially made him successful, the play-calling duties could indeed change hands in the near future.