Chicago Bears loss reminiscent of Chiefs playoff loss
Matt Nagy has only called plays in eight NFL games that we know of. His first game as Chicago Bears play caller was reminiscent of his last as Kansas City Chiefs play caller
One small debate point when Matt Nagy was hired was whether or not he was stable as a play caller. Remember, the Chicago Bears hired him just days after the Kansas City Chiefs blew a 21-3 halftime lead to lose a home playoff game to the Tennessee Titans.
Matt Nagy was named the play caller late into the Kansas City Chiefs season and took a lot of heat for the loss. He was famous for running Kareem Hunt just 11 times in the game, and just four in the second half. Sound familiar?
While Howard saw the ball in the second half, it was not enough. After plowing for nine yards on first and second down, Howard was not called on for a third down and one early into the fourth quarter. This is just one example of the teams inability to convert in the second half.
Howard finished the game with just 15 carries on the game, despite averaging over 5.5 yards per carry.
Late game errors in play calling is a very small sample size for Matt Nagy. As mentioned, less than ten games as an NFL play caller. However, when looking at who he learned from, this may not be surprising.
Andy Reid is the master of the gameplan. He can out-scheme anyone during the week and has. He is automatic to start seasons and off of the bye week because of this.
However, Reid is miserable in game. He fails to make adjustments and struggles with the clock. While Matt Nagy does not have the same exact flaws, they do come in-game.
His strengths clearly come in the pre-game as well, as his first half execution was to a tee. So, here is to hoping that unlike Reid, Nagy is able to understand this issue and grow from it.
While Reid is a great coach, he seems to be capped by his lack of understanding to fix this issue. If Nagy can get better in this department he is going to be an excellent head coach.