Chicago Bears vs Vikings: Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace’s jobs on the line

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Chicago Bears vs Vikings preview: Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace’s jobs on the line

This game for the Chicago Bears is going to ride on Matt Nagy making the smartest possible decision in regards to what might be the most important game plan of his head coaching career. The right decision in this instance is also one Matt Nagy has the hardest time making. Yes, Bears fans, Nagy must commit to the run.

Nagy must commit to the run as much as he probably did his wife while wooing her before they were married. Nagy cannot focus on the run game for only one half. Had he done that while pursuing his wife, they may not be married today. In fact, this is what he did in the game against the Texans. My apologies to Matt Nagy’s wife for using this comparison but if he had committed in the past to run the ball like he has been committed to his wife, his future as the Chicago Bears head coach would not be in question today.

The reason the Chicago Bears need to run the ball often in this game is mainly due to the injuries to their secondary. Buster Skrine is out. Their star rookie cornerback, Jaylon Johnson, is nursing an injured shoulder. Their dependable backup strong safety, Deon Bush, has a foot injury. Both of them are questionable for this game.

A shoulder and foot are both important to players in the secondary. So given that they cannot really be counted on in this game, these injuries have to be taken into account for the Chicago Bears offensive game planning. The Vikings’ wideouts are just too good for the Bears to survive a lot of three and outs if both of these cornerbacks don’t play this game. The Bears must dominate time of possession and an effective running game can help.