Matt Nagy benched his starters in the preseason because he had a few tricks up his sleeves against the Green Bay Packers
Remember the debate in the Chicago Bears fourth preseason game when Matt Nagy benched his starters? How mad some in the media were, and how they thought that Nagy did not earn the right to make that move. Well, you do not seem to hear about that anymore, do you?
If you listened to Matt Nagy throughout the preseason, the decision might not have been much of a surprise. When the team had joint practices with the Denver Broncos, Nagy mentioned how convenient it was to try things against a new team without the tape of the preseason.
So, when he decided to bench his starters, it should have come off that he saw what he wanted to see in those sessions, without tape on what is going on. He knew beating the Green Bay Packers was a big deal for the Bears. Especially in Green Bay, in prime time.
While the dress rehearsal game is excellent regarding seeing what you want to see in Week One, Nagy felt as though between his preparation, and between the joint practices that he saw enough.
Now, he planned to hide as much as possible on tape to catch the Packers off guard. This showed clear on the first couple of drives of the game.
The Bears used odd formations, and different personnel to shake things up. Tarik Cohen was involved early as was Michael Burton in loaded backfields. The team cut right through the Green Bay defense like we have never really seen.
Their next drive stalled out in the red zone but did lead to a field goal. So, while so many were going to point to the lack of preseason reps as a reason to why the offense got off to a slow start, I am going to make it a point to note that the fast start was likely due to the lack of preseason reps. Thanks, Matt Nagy.