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Matt Nagy Ruined A Potentially Golden Age Of Bears Football

Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears looks on during the game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Few fans of the Chicago Bears are looking forward to the 2022 season.

The team is in a complete rebuild from the bottom to the top.

Top players have been released and even the coaching staff and management are all new this season.

After a great 2018 season, it’s been all downhill for the Bears.

That downhill trend led to so many changes in Chicago.

However, Matt Nagy is the one person who ruined a potentially golden age in Chicago.

 

Nagy Was Never The Leader Some Thought He Was Going To Be

When Chicago got Nagy, they were expecting someone that could lead their team.

In his first season as head coach, his team won the NFC North title and made the playoffs.

However, a double-doink field goal attempt to win the Bears first playoff game came up short.

It would become the undoing of Nagy, who couldn’t get his offense to score big in a game their defense kept close for him.

Instead of helping lead the team during that game, and the years following, he continued to make poor decisions.

When starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was struggling, he never worked with him to help him improve.

This was seen in the following years, when Nagy would pull Trubisky out in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.

He then let Nick Foles finish that game, which ended in a miracle come from behind victory.

Nagy’s focus was on saving his job by winning the game instead of being a leader and helping his struggling quarterback.

While fans were happy with the win, it was actually a horrible move.

It put the young Trubisky on the back burner, left to be forgotten until Nagy lost faith in Foles.

 

Nagy Did Nothing To Help Keep Key Players From 2018 Defense

The best thing about the 2018 Bears roster was their defense.

It’s what kept the team in games and got them victories in other games.

However, they lost players like Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan from that 2018 defensive unit.

Additional losses in the secondary in the following years would further hurt the Bears defense.

By 2021, Nagy’s final year in Chicago, the defense was tied with five teams for 26th place in passing touchdowns allowed.

If Nagy convinced those key players to stay, maybe things in 2019 and beyond would have been different.

However, losing those players in 2018 would lead to further losses in 2019 under Nagy’s watch.

But that’s not his biggest issue when destroying the potential Chicago had in 2018.

 

A Quarterback Coach That Couldn’t Coach His Quarterbacks

As a former quarterback and quarterback coach, some figure it would be a perfect match for Trubisky when he came to Chicago in 2018.

However, people were wrong to think this, as Nagy wasn’t a help to coaching Trubisky.

But that wasn’t all, as his inconsistent play-calling also hurt other quarterbacks under his watch.

Fans can only hope that his bad coaching and play-calling with Justin Fields last season doesn’t ruin the young star and his future with Chicago.




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