Bears

Matt Nagy won't say who will call plays vs. Lions

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Mums the word on who will be calling plays for the Bears offense on Sunday. When asked what came of his self-evaluation over the past two days, Matt Nagy declined to reveal whether he will remain the play caller against the Lions in Week 4, or if he will hand over the card to Bill Lazor.

“Probably the best part of the last 48 to 72 hours is we’ve had some amazing, healthy conversations between coaches and coaches, between coaches and players, players and players, players and coaches,” Nagy said. “That’s what I appreciate most and so without getting into specifics of what we’re gonna do and how we’re gonna do it with - not just that stuff but other topics – I’m gonna keep that internal and I think that’s the best part right now for us.”

The opacity in regards to who is calling the plays is understandable. Most NFL teams will do whatever they can to gain any little edge over their opponent, and not revealing the playcaller does give the Bears a little bit of an edge. As we’ve seen from last year, Nagy’s playcalling and Lazor’s playcalling do differ. By not revealing who’s calling in the plays, it forces the Lions to prepare for both possibilities.

But even if Nagy remains the playcaller, that doesn’t mean he'll run things the same way that he has earlier this season.

“What I’ve found going through is there’s a few things that you learn through people,” Nagy said. “You learn having raw, honest conversations, it’s healthy, it’s good. It enables you to realize, you know, why things happen. And I think too it’s also really good from a coaching perspective to have the talks and communication, open communication with the players. And so you take what they give you and you use it. And that’s really what I’m gonna do, it’s what we’re gonna do, it’s what they’re gonna do.

 

“Week 3 right now, being 1-2 and having a loss that stings like that, sometimes it just recalibrates you and it makes you refocus on certain things in a good way.”

Last season the Bears similarly stumbled offensively. Nagy handed over playcalling responsibilities to Lazor in Week 10, and the offense responded with more efficiency, and more importantly, more points. But at the outset of this season, Nagy announced he’d taken the reins back.

This year the Bears rushing offense has been ok, with a respectable 4.2 YPC clip. The passing offense is another story however. That ranks dead last in passing yards per attempt (4.8), passing touchdowns (tied, 1), passing first downs (tied, 22), 20+ yard passing plays (1), 40+ yard passing plays (tied, 0) and sacks surrendered (tied, 15).

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