Chicago Bears: What exactly is Matt Nagy doing as head coach?

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Chicago Bears HC Matt Nagy gives us another “what were you thinking” moment

Most fans won’t think of the play that I’m about to talk about as an important one, though I’d argue that it expounds everything that this organization has been all about with a Matt Nagy-Ryan Pace duo.

The play that I’m talking about happened with just over ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Rams had a 13-point lead while the Bears were facing a 4th-and-15 from the Rams 31-yard line.

What does Matt Nagy decide to do? He goes for it and his play completely flops.

I don’t know a single person who could look at me with a straight face and tell me that the Bears had a sliver of a chance on that play. The same offense that didn’t complete a pass for over ten yards in the entirety of the game tried to roll the dice and complete a 15+ yard pass on 4th-and-15.

Heck, had the pass been completed, it would have been a 13 or 14-yard reception to Darnell Mooney, landing them short of the line to gain. Going for it in the first place didn’t make any sense — the play call was just the cherry on top.

The entire situation could be considered malpractice by Nagy. There is a long line of fourth-graders who would have played better situational football.

In a situation like this with a stagnant offense, you kick the field goal. I don’t care what your excuse is — there’s no way to rationalize going for it on that play. If you bring the game within ten points with the FG, you reserve a realistic chance of staying in the game in the case that you hold the Rams to a field goal on the next possession.