The Chicago Bears could be Super Bowl contenders if Matt Nagy did this
But isn’t the offensive line the real problem?
For those that doubt the Bears offensive line is good enough to make a Super Bowl run, here are some factors to consider. The main one is that Nagy’s ineffective play-calling has clearly demoralized the guys on the offensive line. Take away what is demoralizing them and we will get a better read on what they are capable of doing.
This season the very likely demoralization of the guys on offense peaked in the Titans game. A lack of effort from these players become quite evident. Laurence Holmes of the Score and other well-known members of the Bears media made note of this lack of effort.
Change play-callers to one who inspires their confidence and we should see an improvement in their play. It is not unreasonable to expect that if a weight has been lifted off of them psychologically, they will be a fired-up group of blockers.
Another factor is that Jason Spriggs just got taken off the COVID list. In his first game for the Bears at right tackle, he made some bad plays because he was confused by stunts and other ploys but this is fixable.
However, his play at the point of attack was consistently better than what Massie and Leno have done over the course of this season. He stayed engaged with the man he was blocking deep into plays. This is in contrast to Massie and Leno who, consistently, let guys bounce off of them, and then the defender is free to do what he wants.
It is also reasonable to expect that at some point relatively soon, center Sam Mustipher will come back. He did a good job in his two games as the Bears center. Presumably, he at least will be able to play against the Packers on November 29th. Maybe even Cody Whitehair will be available by then as well.