Combing Back Through the Bears' Preseason to Get Play Calling Clues for Tonight

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Combing Back Through the Bears’ Preseason to Get Play Calling Clues for Tonight

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The good news is that Matt Nagy promises to bring a new-look offense to the Bears this season, moving away from the slog of the Dowell-Loggains-under-John-Fox era. But where there’s good news, there’s bad news. And I suppose the bad news here is that we didn’t get to see much of it during the preseason. Thus, we’re not quite sure what to make of the hype.

With that said, we re-watched each snap quarterback Mitch Trubisky took during this past preseason and there were some interesting nuggets and tidbits hidden right there in plain sight.

For example … The Bears lined up in shotgun or pistol formation on 31 of the 39 plays in which Trubisky was on the field this summer. This number includes penalties and plays that were wiped out because of them (just so we could get a bigger sample size). Of those 31 shotgun plays, eight were runs. And while this does not account for the handful of run-pass options or play actions fakes out of those actions, it helps give an idea of how many different looks teams will have to prepare for moving forward.

Sadly, there isn’t too much to take away from preseason, as far as final numbers are concerned. HOWEVER, a few notable trends – including increased runs out of the shotgun formation from the team’s bell-cow back and heavy tight end involvement – were integral in Nagy’s success as an offensive coordinator last year with the Chiefs and have long been staples of Andy Reid’s offense. So perhaps that’s what we can expect this season, starting tonight.

For more on what the Bears offense could bring to the table starting tonight, Pro Football Focus offers up a video breakdown of what could be on the horizon.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.