Chicago Bears: Revisiting the four moves necessary to start winning again

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A little less than a year ago, I wrote a reactionary piece after the Chicago Bears lost their first matchup to the Minnesota Vikings. The article was centered around decisions that George McCaskey must make regarding his family’s football team. Well, we are now watching this Chicago Bears team implode in a similar fashion to 2020. However, there is one main difference — Matt Nagy seems to have finally started to lose the locker room.

They say that winning cures all in sports. Well, this team has struggled to win consistently since 2018. Back-to-back 8-8 seasons is not enough to be happy about. The team is now one game under .500 this year too, and their schedule is not easy moving forward. This team could easily struggle enough to fall very, very short of even an eight-win season.

We are seeing just how poorly Matt Nagy’s offense truly is in the NFL. The Bears caught teams off-guard in 2018 because the offense was “new”. The offense played slightly better that season than they have over the last three. However, as soon as defenses were able to see and understand Nagy’s play-calling, it did not take long for the defenses to catch up. Now, it looks as though Nagy’s offense is not even serviceable.

Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy made an aggressive move to land Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft. Pace was able to swing a trade that moved the team up from 20th overall to 11th. The team sent future assets, including their 2022 first-round pick, to move up, but Justin Fields will be worth it despite the rough start to his rookie season. The thing is, it’s okay to be glad that Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy pulled off landing Fields, but it doesn’t mean they are right for the job in developing him.