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Is Bears Coach Matt Nagy the Problem in Chicago?

The Chicago Bears have had a largely disappointing season. From the struggles with Mitch Trubisky to a general mediocrity that has been displayed by the entire team, it’s hard to place the season’s blame on one person or factor. One thing that may not be helping, however, is the fact that Matt Nagy’s offense is apparently an easy one to figure out, and this may have been the case before he ever took the job with the Bears.

What’s happening with Matt Nagy and the Bears?

Head coach Matt Nagy might be the real problem with the Chicago Bears in 2019.
Bear coach Matt Nagy looks pensive. | Michael Hickey/Getty Images

After losing the first game of the season to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears showed some life to start the season. They ran off wins in three straight games, although two of them were against weak opponents. The team won a nail-biter against the Denver Broncos, win handily against the disastrous Washington Redskins, and pull off an impressive win against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Since that three-game streak, however, things have been nothing short of a disaster. The team lost 24-15 to the Oakland Raiders, and it followed that up with losses to the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Although the team picked up a Week 10 win against the Lions to end the streak, a trend has been noticed regarding the Bears offense. 

Through nine games, the team has only scored more than 20 points three times. While their defense has been reliably helpful, ranking fourth of all 32 NFL teams, the offense has been stagnant. The team only scores 18 points per game, which is 27th in the NFL. The 4-5 record is somewhat impressive, but if the Bears want to finish strong, the weak offense is a disturbing trend. 

No offense, but…

This was supposed to be Mitchell Trubisky’s year. The 25-year-old quarterback along with the Matt Nagy-guided offense was supposed to carry the team to a new era after his previous season, but he has shown nothing but mediocre play since the start of the season. Trubisky has only thrown for 1,390 yards, 152 completions, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions through eight starts.

Chase Daniel, who started one game, was fine, but not spectacular, throwing for three touchdowns and two interceptions in his only start of the year. One has to start wondering if there is a systemic problem plaguing the Bears as they go deeper into the season. 

Is Matt Nagy the problem?

Trubisky has gotten a lot of the blame for the Bears’ struggles, and some of it is warranted. However, the entire offensive system of the Bears has been questionable, and that could go back to the coaching staff. Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo Sports broke down the problem with Nagy’s schemes and how he isn’t doing players like Trubisky any favors with his coaching. 

Kaduk points out that Matt Nagy led the Bears to an unexpected 12-4 record in 2018 after an abysmal 5-11 record the season before. However, the Bears failed to make any noise once the playoffs started. As far as wins and losses, Nagy hasn’t been awful for the Bears. They are hovering .500 after the successful season, and coaches have gotten away with far worse records. 

Nagy’s decision-making hasn’t always panned out for the Bears, and that is a problem. During a game against the Chargers, the Bears had one last chance to claim a victory with a drive into field goal range. The team was at 41 yards and could have tried to scramble for a few more yards, but Nagy decided instead to go for the long field goal, which kicker Eddy Pineiro missed. 

Then, there was the November 3 game against the Eagles, in which the team was held to less than 10 yards in the first half. That was the first time since 2017 that a team had done that, and that team was a Chiefs squad in which Matt Nagy was the offensive coordinator. It could all be random chance, but Nagy’s fingerprints are all over two of the worst offensive performances in NFL history. There could be more reasoning behind all those failures, but Nagy’s reputation on offense is backed up with questionable results. 

If the Bears sputter out of control, fans will be left wondering if the players are taking the fall for his flaws.