Matt Nagy Makes a Mess of It All

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Matt Nagy Makes a Mess of It All

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Watching the Chicago Bears offense this afternoon was like watching a taffy pull to distract you from watching paint dry. It was uninspiring. Uninteresting, too.

And for a moment, there was a thought that perhaps it was Matt Nagy’s doing:

Alas, that didn’t turn out to be the case:

Nevertheless, this game went a long way toward capturing the essence of the 2021 Bears:

⇒   This whole “is he or isn’t he?” deal when it comes to Nagy calling plays is a prime example of how dysfunctional this whole organization has been. When there isn’t strength or stability at the top, this is what it looks like. Every little detail that goes wrong ultimately turns into a bigger mess. It’s like Chief Wiggum getting stuck in the Kwik-E-Mart hot dog maker. That “this is gonna get worse before it gets better” feeling isn’t going away any time soon.

⇒   Communications failures? The Bears sell ’em by the dozen. Take your pick. This week, it’s busted headsets contributing to being unable to get plays in. Other weeks, it’s a blown coverage in the defense. Or a mistake in blocking assignments on offense. On what is seemingly a weekly basis, it’s an inability to relay pertinent injury information to reporters. Because it’s always good when the most forthcoming person in the room is a lineman who has been in town since August. Sometimes, it’s neglecting to hammer home the details, which shows up in undisciplined play. And that all pales in comparison to the failure to clearly convey a developmental plan for the rookie quarterback.

Communications failure isn’t the thing you want to be good at as a football team.

⇒   Because if having a questionable plan in place for the rookie QB wasn’t enough, why not muck up the potential franchise left tackle:

A cohesive team that is on the same (and working) page would have put together a detailed plan of attack for Teven Jenkins’ return. Heck, a competent team would’ve had a hastily put-together plan on a cocktail napkin. But then, there’s the Chicago Bears. It feels as if there is no plan in place for the development of a rookie whose responsibilities moving forward are to protect Justin Fields’ blindside.

Then again, who’s to say whatever plan they would come up with would be the right one? There is a non-zero chance any plan they have for Jenkins might be the wrong one. At minimum, it’s tough to feel confident about any plan drawn up by a Matt Nagy-Ryan Pace tandem that needs win no matter what in what is otherwise a lost season.

At the end of the day, the Bears lost and saw their record drop to 4-8. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast gives Chicago just a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. That doesn’t matter. Short-term focused be damned. It’s hard to even think about the minutiae of a game when the folks running the show are still in a position to do things that could be damaging beyond the present.


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Author: Luis Medina

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