Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Could Provide a Template for the Way Matt Nagy Uses Justin Fields

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Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Could Provide a Template for the Way Matt Nagy Uses Justin Fields

Chicago Bears

The NFL is a copycat league. Yeah, it’s cliché as heck. But something wouldn’t become cliché if there wasn’t a morsel of truth in it. Hence, you hear about NFL coaches yoinking from each other on a yearly basis.

In the interest of fairness, the Bears haven’t been the best at copycatting over the years. But most recently, Chicago’s attempts to run an offense like what Andy Reid has in Kansas City has largely flopped. We can point at coaching, the talent (or lack thereof) at certain skill positions, offensive line play, quarterbacking, and executions as to reasons why it hasn’t been working to this point. HOWEVER … it doesn’t have to be like this forever. In fact, the Bears’ path to a successful offense could be paved by another former Reid assistant with a young dynamic quarterback.

John Harbaugh has Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rolling. Since Jackson took over for an injured Joe Flacco in 2018, the Ravens have won 31 of the 39 games he has started. Jackson took home Pro Bowl, first-team All-Pro, and MVP honors in 2019. A year later, Jackson and the Ravens went to a second consecutive postseason and secured a road playoff win against the Titans.

Admittedly, I’m wary of doing a one-for-one comp for Justin Fields and Lamar Jackson. That type of thing would be unfair. But I can’t help but see what Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman has done with Jackson running his offense.

And this snapshot of plays might be worth stashing away for Nagy moving forward:

In the end, I can’t shake this thought rattling in my head. A former Andy Reid assistant trending in the wrong direction until a young stud quarterback changes his offense’s dynamic and turns the franchise’s fortunes around? Sounds eerily familiar. And frankly, it sounds like the type of blueprint I wouldn’t mind the Bears following



Author: Luis Medina

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