Bears’ Matt Nagy speaks out on how he knows the offense must change
The Chicago Bears lost an ugly game to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, where their offense didn’t show up until the meaningless minutes towards the end of the game. In the 36-25 loss, the Bears looked to have trouble in all facets of the game, but their offense is what has everyone talking. On the morning after the loss, Bears head coach Matt Nagy acknowledged the criticism and said he knows the offense must change.
Speaking to the media in a press conference on Monday (via Pro Football Talk), Nagy was questioned about why the Bears seemed to have completely abandoned the run.
Despite having a talented running back in rookie David Montgomery, the team ran just seven times on Sunday, instead choosing to let Mitchell Trubisky throw for most of the game. Looking back, Nagy knows that has to improve.
“I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot,” Nagy said at a Monday press conference.
Trubisky ended up throwing 54 times in the loss, and after the game, the Bears dropped all the way to 28th in the NFL in rushing yards per game, compared to the 11th overall spot that they finished in last season. Of course, running the ball all the time isn’t always the formula for games, but it seemed like it might have worked against the Saints.
For a majority of the game on Sunday, the Bears and Saints were locked in a defensive struggle. However, with the Bears offense consistently unable to gain a first down, the Bears defense became gassed, allowing the Saints to pile on the points. Going forward, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chicago lean more on the rushing game, especially considering the struggles that Trubisky is still going through.
With a matchup against the Chargers on the horizon, expect to see many more rushing plays from Chicago.