There comes a time where a new voice and vision is needed. And while that time might come for the Bears offense at some point down the road, it isn’t happening any time soon.
So if you were hoping the Bears should shuffle the deck and let someone else call plays for an offense stuck in the mud, your wait continues:
#Bears HC Matt Nagy says he plans to continue calling plays Sunday against Chargers.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) October 23, 2019
Head Coach Matt Nagy informed reporters at Halas Hall that he would continue in his role as the offensive play-caller for Sunday’s upcoming game against the Chargers.
There was a brief thought in which Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich would take over that duty, especially after Nagy promised changes were coming (via Chris Emma of 670 The Score) after the team’s Week 7 loss to the Saints. And maybe change will still come … they just won’t be in the form of a new play-caller.
Changing play-callers mid-stream isn’t unprecedented. In fact, it would not be a surprise if Nagy handed those responsibilities to Helfrich at some point in the future.
After all, it was Nagy who took over play-calling for Andy Reid late in the 2017 season. Nagy taking control of the Chiefs offense helped Alex Smith play the quarterback position as good as anyone could, led to rookie running back Kareem Hunt running wild as he dodged defenders and would-be tacklers, and catapulted that team into a winning streak that pushed them into the playoffs. And before that, Reid handed the keys to Doug Pederson in the same way. Both became hot-to-trot head-coaching candidates and were given opportunities to run their own show soon thereafter.
If history is any indication of the future, Nagy will follow in his mentor’s steps and give someone else a shot. It just won’t be right now.