Dave Ragone Ι Pass Game Coordinator for the Chicago Bears
Another coach that the Chicago Bears might need to look to replace is 2020 pass game coordinator, Dave Ragone. Prior to 2020, Ragone was the Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks coach. Reports have come out that Ragone has a good chance of becoming the Atlanta Falcons’ new offensive coordinator. The Falcons recently hired Arthur Smith to be the team’s new Head Coach. Smith and Ragone have a prior history working together while on the Tennessee Titans’ staff.
To be honest, even if Ragone is not to leave Chicago for the job in Atlanta, I would be looking to replace him anyway. I am not sure how he gets a shot as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta with the body of work he has as a coach in the NFL. Many people have respect for Ragone, but he has not accounted to much as a quarterbacks coach.
Ragone’s first opportunity as a quarterbacks coach came in 2013 with the Titans. That season, Ragone worked with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Locker. Neither did much as the team ranked 21st in passing yards and 20th in passing touchdowns. Ragone saw some success as Washington’s offensive quality control coach in 2005. Kirk Cousins posted a quarterback rating of 101.6 that season. However, I am not sure how much of that success should be given to Ragone.
While here in Chicago, we have seen Mitch Trubisky grow into one of the most criticized quarterbacks in the NFL. Trubisky has been inconsistent, to say the least. One big concern is that Trubisky himself spoke about not correcting his mechanics early in his Bears career. This is disheartening to hear seeing Trubisky only had one year as a starter in college. Ragone (and Matt Nagy) should have been focusing on these things as soon as they started working with Trubisky.
Moving on from Ragone this season would be the best choice Matt Nagy could make, but maybe Ragone makes Nagy’s decision easier by heading to Atlanta. Keep an eye on this one.