Chicago Bears: 5 Thoughts on Week 4 victory over Detroit Lions

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2. Bill Lazor takes over playcalling and the offense looks sharper

For the second time in the last season plus four games, Nagy fired himself from playcalling. Last season, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took over after the bye week. He did so for the final six games of the regular season.

In that period, the Bears’ offense averaged 30.2 points per game. In addition, the running game rushed for over 100 yards in every game.

What a coincidence that Lazor took over in Week 4 and the rushing game again helped the quarterback. They didn’t hit 30 points but 24 is pretty good as well.

The offense under Lazor looked completely different than it did with Nagy in charge. It was more organized and sharper. Some of the things that for some reason Nagy refused to do were done. Those moves helped improve the offense.

For example, Fields rolled out more than he did in Week 3. That really helped out the offensive line. There were also screen passes and slants that Nagy didn’t call. Furthermore, while the tight ends weren’t too involved in the passing game the way they should, they were at least utilized in helping the blocking scheme. Montgomery’s first run was for nine yards. It was helped by a big block by Cole Kmet.

There were also times when the running backs chipped the pass rushers to slow them down.

In Lazor’s first game calling the plays, the Bears went up against the Packers and scored 25 points. After that, the Bears scored 30 or more points in four straight games. Let’s see how the offense, now more familiar with what Lazor is looking for, performs from here on out. Well, at least as long as Nagy allows him to continue to call plays.