Chicago Bears: Will Matt Nagy’s fatal flaw end the Bears season

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Has the Chicago Bears defense fallen into a poor pattern due to Matt Nagy?

There is one more possible Matt Nagy leadership issue that no one else has mentioned that should be considered. Chuck Pagano has earned heavy criticism for his schemes and play calls that have the Bears playing like a mediocre defense in spite of all the talent in this unit.

When Pagano first came to the Bears, his reputation was that he would run a defense that was a bit more aggressive than the zone defensive style of Vic Fangio. Yet here we are in 2020 and Chuck Pagano is playing lots of soft coverage and using very few blitzes to create pressure when they need to get more pressure on the opposing quarterback.

His safe, predictable schemes and play-calling seem to mirror the safe predictable schemes and play-calling of his boss, Matt Nagy. I believe the possibility has to be considered that he is under instruction from Nagy to play it safe for the most part. I cannot prove this. However, Pagano going very heavy into a bend but don’t break defense is some pretty good circumstantial evidence that there is something to this theory.

One last word of caution for the Bears and it is about Mitch Trubisky. I believe he will dial down the passes into double and triple coverage that were obvious bonehead mistakes. However, his inaccuracy in completed passes has left many valuable yards on the table for the Bears. He has to do a better job with his mechanics than he has done recently for the Bears to beat the Saints.

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Given all the injuries on defense, the Bears’ offense will probably need to carry the day for the Bears to win this game. That will only happen if Matt Nagy can control his worst impulses as a head coach. See you on the other side of this possible franchise defining playoff game for the Chicago Bears.