Chicago Bears: These were the biggest disappointments from Week 1
Chicago Bears Disappointing Player No. 1: Matt Nagy
Well, as most probably expecting, Matt Nagy gets the first nod as one of the most disappointing Chicago Bears of Week 1.
Play-calling once again bit him in the butt, as he was confining this incredibly speedy offense to an air-raid that rarely– literally once– broke past 15 yards. Now, yay that there was a play over 15 yards, I guess, but that play was a 16-yard attempt that ended up in the hands of the Rams defense.
Sorry, I don’t necessarily count that one, Nagy.
However, play-calling aside — somehow — Nagy was still one of the most disappointing Chicago Bears this week. His decision-making was absolutely bananas. I’m still playing it in my head. Why go for that 4th and 15? People say that the field goal would still have them down two possessions, but missing the 4th and 15 literally results in no points. It just doesn’t make sense.
Now, back to the play-calling here. From an outsider looking in, it seemed like the point of these off-season additions were so the offense could take the top off defenses. This week was quite literally a polar opposite reality. As I said earlier, Nagy kept the entire offense for four quarters inside 15 yards. When your seemingly unhappy receiver is running 5 to10-yard ins, outs, and slants, to me that doesn’t seem like a reason to continue playing here.
The last thing I’ll touch on with Matt Nagy is something that could be seen as nit-picking, but when I heard this with my ears live, I about lost it.
This is the immediate reaction of head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears when asked why he went for it on 4th and 15: “Yeah– that was, again, you just kind of, some of it’s just a feel of where you’re at.”
You see, maybe it’s because I’ve coached zero NFL games in my life — depending on whether Madden counts — but I feel like there has to be a better answer ready for the Chicago sports media on why you go for it on 4th and 15. Again, I’m not a coach, but wow.
So, chalk Matt Nagy up as one of the most disappointing Chicago Bears this week against the Los Angeles Rams.