In a press conference on Friday, April 2, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced that he would be calling plays on offense in 2021.
Chicago’s play calling next season seemed up in the air to the general public before Friday’s conference. For the majority of his three year tenure with the Bears, Matt Nagy has been running the offense. However, starting Week 10 of last season, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took over the play calling duties.
Chicago averaged just 19.8 points per game through the first nine games. However, the Bears offense started to ramp up after Nagy took a backseat. They scored at least 25 points in each game from Week 12 to Week 16 under Lazor.
The Bears only scored nine points in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints. Star wide receiver Allen Robinson said he was unsure who was calling plays during the game. Nagy may have played a part in the atrocious Wild Card Round performance in New Orleans by privately taking play calling away from Lazor.
Head coach Matt Nagy clearly feels like the offense will be more successful under his watch. Last season’s statistics would have to disagree. It is possible that a new quarterback in Andy Dalton and a fresh start in 2021 will reverse Nagy’s three year trend of poor offenses. However, his insistence on calling plays is a discouraging sign for the 2021 Chicago Bears.
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