Matt Nagy met with media on Tuesday, so naturally the horrid state of his offense was brought up. When pressed on what's going to change, Nagy said some things that fans will probably like hearing.
"We know, offensively, we struggled in a lot of different areas but we're about fixing it," Nagy said. "If we're okay with what we did last year, then we're in the wrong place. And we're not. So, we gotta fix things."
And then he followed that with some things they may not:
“Yeah, I’ll be calling the plays," he added.
"As we go through this offseason here, we need to figure out offensively what is our identity. I think more specifically, too, in the run game. We struggled there. So, we got to figure out what our identity is and that's going to be an objective for us. And then last year you heard me say sometimes it takes five or six weeks. I feel like,, personally, that's always the case but there's a sense of urgency for us going into this year. It needs to happen sooner."
Though the notion of who's calling plays has become something of a strawman for 2019, the Bears have already addressed it plenty. Gone are offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride. (Helfrich and Hiestand were reportedly heavily involved in the team's run plan.) In their places, respectively, are Bill Lazor, Juan Castillo and Clancy Barone. They even brought on John DeFilippo to be the new quarterback coach after promoting Dave Ragone.
"For me, as a head coach, what I’m trying to do is, I want to become the best possible head coach I could be," Nagy said. "And by doing that, having guys around me that I can delegate and give things to is important … we don’t have the run-game coordinator title but we have guys in Juan Castillo, Clancy Barone that have a great background in that. Bill Lazor can oversee, really, everything. We’re all having great ideas."
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And while the Bears are fully embracing the idea of (too?) many cooks in a kitchen, there's still only one chef. This will still be Nagy's offense, for better or worse. With that said, after watching his professional mentor, Andy Reid, adjust the Chiefs' game plan all the way to a Super Bowl win, the art of the adjustment hasn't been lost on Nagy.
"Coach Reid, in Philadelphia, ran a true West Coast offense," he said. "Not running that anymore. He’s been changing. So being able to change to your personnel—When we had Alex Smith, he brought in a lot of the RPO stuff. And now he’s got Patrick and they’re doing their things. So, to each their own. And it worked. But that also took a little bit of time, right? I remember coming in in 2013 in Kansas City and the year before, they were 2-14. It took time. Now seven, eight years later, it’s a Super Bowl. There’s a foundation there of players that has been created over time and that offense is not the same as what it was when I was there two years ago. That’s fun."
Here's hoping that Bears' fans have that kind of patience...
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