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Trubisky or not, Matt Nagy should be the lead voice on future Bears QB decisions

Trubisky or not, Matt Nagy should be the lead voice on future Bears QB decisions

The play of Mitch Trubisky in his season-and-a-half under coach Matt Nagy is, for better or worse, an unfinished work. Whatever the final result, after this season or the next, the latter of which looming as a decision point on a long-term contract for Trubisky, the Bears may be best advised going forward to make Nagy the decision-maker on quarterback calls rather than GM Ryan Pace.

Pace owes his head coach a leading voice and vote in finding a quarterback (or two) in the Bears’ 2020 draft and/or offseason. Because a simple NFL fact is that Matt Nagy deserves a chance to develop his own quarterback, not simply have his tenure defined by a quarterback (Trubisky) that he inherited.

Plus, Nagy has arguably better credentials and experience for quarterback evaluations than Pace.

Nagy learned his craft from Andy Reid, whose head-coaching career began in Philadelphia with the 1999 drafting of Donovan McNabb. Reid also drafted four more quarterbacks during McNabb’s run, including A.J. Feeley (2001) and Nick Foles (2012), as well as bringing in Michael Vick to deepen the depth chart.

When Reid went to Kansas City (and brought Nagy with him) in 2013, the first thing he did was to trade for Alex Smith from San Francisco; Reid (and Nagy as QB coach) groomed Smith into a three-time Pro Bowler. But while Smith was being brought along, the Chiefs also drafted three more quarterbacks in the four drafts following the Smith trade. The third of those quarterbacks was Patrick Mahomes, whom Nagy had a one-year hand in developing before taking the Bears job.

Pace, who said at the outset of his GM reign that ideally the Bears would be able to draft a QB every year, has largely ignored the quarterback pipeline, as noted previously. Trubisky has been the only quarterback among Pace’s 32 picks over five drafts.

Nagy has been involved in acquisitions of Nick Foles, Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes. Pace’s efforts have been toward Marcus Mariota (the Titans wanted too much for the 2015 No. 2 slot), Jay Cutler, Mike Glennon and Trubisky. Regardless of how Trubisky develops or doesn’t through the rest of 2019, Pace owes his coach a leading place in the quarterback-selection process from start to finish.

The search for depth or an upgrade from Trubisky may circle back to Mariota, who has now been benched in Tennessee and has never been the same player after suffering a broken leg in late 2016. Mariota played for Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich at Oregon and obviously had high grades from Pace coming into the NFL.

Trubisky is largely the same QB he was for John Fox

Trubisky may yet prove to be the solution for the Bears quarterback situation. But results over his three – not just the two in Matt Nagy’s system – seasons say he is pretty much what he looks to be.

The cliché narrative, never particularly refuted by Trubisky, was that the young quarterback was shackled by a combination of John Fox’s conservatism and Dowell Loggains’ supposed incompetence. Two points suggest otherwise:

One, is that his first brace of coaches knew Trubisky’s limitations, both in general as well as those from simply being a uber-green rookie with only 13 college starts. Trubisky was deemed to have accuracy issues in the mid and deeper range, which has repeatedly proved to be the case, as recently as Sunday.

The second is that, in 2017 after his first three rookie games getting settled in, Trubisky in fact threw slightly more passes (31.3 per game) over his final nine starts under Fox/Loggains than he did through his 14 starts under Nagy in 2018 (31.0).

Parenthetically, in those first three in 2017, a governor was in place, with Trubisky throwing 25, 16 and 7 passes. The Bears also won the latter two. 

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Ex-Bears OC Dowell Loggains reportedly to interview for Dolphins’ head coaching job

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Ex-Bears OC Dowell Loggains reportedly to interview for Dolphins’ head coaching job

Former Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will interview for the Miami Dolphins’ vacant head coaching position, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning. 
 
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Perhaps the Dolphins are just killing time while waiting for an assistant whose team is still in the playoffs — like New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores — to become officially available. Or maybe Miami is serious about listening to Loggains’ pitch to lead their franchise after Adam Gase was fired earlier this month. 
 
Loggains left Chicago as not exactly the most popular offensive coordinator in team history, having called the plays during an uninspired, dour 2017 season in which Mitch Trubisky made his NFL debut. The Bears severely lacked talent in 2017 — especially at wide receiver — but Loggains’ comments about opposing defenses dictating his usage of a then-rookie Tarik Cohen struck a nerve on a team with a dearth of playmakers. 
 
The Dolphins’ offense ranked 26th in DVOA, while the Bears in 2017 ranked 28th. Gase brought Loggains, who was the Bears’ quarterbacks coach while Gase was the offensive coordinator in 2015, to Miami a year ago to be his offensive coordinator. 
 
Loggains, though, does have a creative mind and is a football junkie who called the play now known as the “Philly Special” a year before the Eagles ran it in the Super Bowl. 
 
If Loggains were to get the Dolphins gig, though, he wouldn’t get a shot at revenge against the Bears until 2022 (unless the two teams play in the Super Bowl!). But maybe coordinating Brock Osweiler’s destruction of the league’s best defense back in October is revenge enough. 

Dowell Loggains reportedly taking over as Dolphins offensive coordinator

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Dowell Loggains reportedly taking over as Dolphins offensive coordinator

John Fox is already out the door, but it appears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is right behind him.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter both tweeted that Loggains is going to take over the same post with the Dolphins.

Loggains has been an assistant coach in the NFL since 2008 with posts as Tennessee and Cleveland as well as with the Bears. The 37-year-old took over as quarterbacks coach for the Bears in 2015 and moved to offensive coordinator in 2016.

He will reunite with Adam Gase in Miami. Gase, the Dolphins head coach, was the offensive coordinator for the Bears when Loggains was the QB coach. The Bears will play at the Dolphins next season, meaning the Gase-Loggains connection will face off against their former employer.

Questions about the Bears' coaching staff will persist this offseason until hires are made and getting an offensive coach to work with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be high on the priority list. With a vacancy now at offensive coodinator as well, it looks like it will be a clean slate for the Bears offense.

This year, the Bears ranked 30th in the NFL in total offense (287.4 yards per game), dead last in passing yards (175.7 per game), 16th in rushing (111.8 yards per game) and 29th in scoring (16.5 points per game). The year before the Bears clocked in at 17.4 points per game, which tied for 28th in the league.