Chicago Bears: 5 thoughts on another loss to the Green Bay Packers

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Nagy should be out sooner rather than later

The Chicago Bears have never fired a coach in the middle of a season. Even at the end of Mike Ditka’s reign, when he was throwing gum at fans and telling a reporter his IQ was zero, or when the entire team quit on Marc Trestman early in the season, the McCaskey’s let things run to the ground before making a change during the offseason.

If they don’t watch out, the same could happen with Nagy. He’s bungling the Fields situation. Despite not actually calling the plays, he says the game plan still runs through him. If that is the case, then his opinion seems to loom large in the playcalling. The offense is bipolar. On one drive we see FIelds moving around making plays. On another, he’s dropping back and is forced to stay in the pocket.

It’s not just Fields. Nagy makes some head-scratching calls in games. For example, take this game. On the Packers’ first touchdown drive, they had a third and 7 from their own 38. Rodgers completed a pass for seven yards. The receiver looked like he was down before he got to the first down.

Nagy decided to call a timeout. He might have done it to see if he would challenge the spot of the ball. If that was the case, however, he should have just thrown the challenge flag. He called a timeout then challenged. Nagy won the challenge but still lost a timeout. Thank goodness he was right because if not he would have lost two timeouts on one play.

This is similar to what happened to Fox against the Packers as well. The Bears had a big play and the ball carrier was going out of bounds in front of the pylon. He reached out but fumbled the ball.

Fox could have just let things be and have the ball on the Packers’ one. Instead, he challenged. The officials noticed the fumble on the pylon. By rule, the ball goes to the Packers on a touchback. Fox and the Bears received a lot of ridicule for that.

This is not the same Nagy we saw in 2018. Back then, he was jovial and took the time to explain to the reporters his decisions. Now, though, he is gruff and he tries to work in mystery.

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Nagy’s only saving grace right now is that the players are still playing hard for him. He is a good motivator and his players love him. How long will that happen if the losses start to mount once again? He survived a six-game losing streak last season. The Bears are entering a very tough stretch. If they end up with another long losing streak, he might not survive it.