Chicago Bears: 3 Challenges Matt Nagy must overcome to keep his job beyond 2020
Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears must figure out the best offensive line combo
Finally, and maybe the second most important thing Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears must do (Nagy giving up play-calling is first), the team must find the best offensive line combination to finish out the season. This is where Eric Kush comes into play. The hope here is health and feeling cannot be taken into consideration when developing the best line either.
Off the top of my head, based on what I have seen from individual offensive line play all year, there are two combinations that make sense to me. If Cody Whitehair is able to play versus the Vikings and Kush is cleared as well, I think I would roll out with the following offensive line combination.
- Left Tackle: Charles Leno (no other choice here)
- Left Guard: Cody Whitehair (Good almost everywhere)
- Center: Sam Mustipher (proved himself)
- Right Guard: Eric Kush (Can he be better than Germain Ifedi?)
- Right Tackle: Jason Spriggs (back from COVID/Reserve)
This combination seems to be the best option in my opinion. No matter what the Chicago Bears do, Rashaad Coward should not be starting. In fact, I am putting him at the bottom of the depth chart. He has been absolutely awful every game no matter where on the line he is placed.
The only other option I can think of if the team does not believe in Mustipher starting at center at this point is flipping Whitehair back to center, flipping Kush to left guard and throwing Ifedi back in at right guard (he has not been complete trash). Alex Bars could be a possible option next to Mustipher too. One of these combinations seems to be the best way for this team to move forward. Plus, with a change at play-caller, the offensive line may also see more success.
If Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears cannot figure out the offensive line and running game, this team is going to continue to be one dimensional and struggle. The offense does not need to be great, but they need to consistently put up 21 points per game. If these things do not start to happen and the Bears keep losing, Matt Nagy could find himself out the door sooner, rather than later. Also, if Nagy goes, we can expect Ryan Pace to be gone too.