Matt Nagy was employed to teach the Chicago Bears in 2018 with a couple of main objectives: to jumpstart the offense and assist then second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky develop.
Issues seemed promising in Nagy’s first season. The Bears went 12-4, made the playoffs and Trubisky had career-highs in passing yards (3,223), passing touchdowns (24) and dashing yards (421). It went downhill yearly since, for Trubisky the Bears and Nagy, with the crew selecting to not re-sign the QB after the 2020 season whereas parting methods with Nagy a yr later.
With the Bears at the moment in search of a brand new head coach, sources near the crew had some revealing — and damning — issues to say about Nagy’s therapy of the younger signal-caller detailed in a January 14 report by Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.
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Nagy Chastised Trubisky for Being ‘Uncoachable’ in Entrance of Staff
In keeping with Jahns and Fishbain, Nagy was upset with Trubisky’s play early on within the 2020 season, and he overtly berated the QB in entrance of the whole crew after a Week 2 win over the Giants. Trubisky did not learn his progressions accurately on a selected play, and Nagy had this response:
“Trubisky’s move to (tight finish Cole) Kmet was meant to go elsewhere. Nagy had known as for a three-route idea to Trubisky’s left: (vast receiver Darnell) Mooney ran a fade, Allen Robinson ran an out and Tarik Cohen ran a swing route. Trubisky’s reads have been alleged to take him from fade to out to swing, and the Giants defender overlaying Robinson slipped, leaving him vast open. As a substitute, Trubisky went over the center to his tight finish, which Nagy identified. ‘He ripped Mitch in entrance of the entire crew,’ a supply stated. ‘Nagy proceeded to chastise Mitch for being uncoachable and never throwing it to the correct man in entrance of the entire crew,’ a second supply stated.”
Whereas it’s common for head coaches to name out and criticize their gamers overtly in crew conferences, Jahns and Fishbain reported that Nagy’s technique of accountability rubbed his gamers the unsuitable manner, notably on protection, a unit that usually carried the crew through the coach’s tenure in Chicago.
“Nagy, like many coaches, typically known as out gamers. … Defensive gamers, together with star exterior linebacker Khalil Mack, have been singled out, too. It bothered a few of them, particularly when the protection did its half whereas Nagy’s offense sputtered.”
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Nagy Additionally Stood Trubisky Up for Scheduled Assembly
“It was evident that issues weren’t figuring out with the quarterback and head coach. ‘Mitch by no means checked the bins for Nagy from Day 1,’ stated one supply,” Jahns and Fishbain wrote.
The Bears had back-to-back 8-8 seasons in 2019 and 2020, and after the 2019 season ended, Trubisky and Nagy have been set to have a gathering to debate the way to enhance and proper the ship, however in response to the report, that didn’t occur.
“After the 2019 season concluded, Trubisky ready to fulfill with Nagy. They wanted to have a dialog. How have been they going to make this work? The quarterback ready notes for the assembly. Nagy, although, didn’t make it — ‘He no-showed him,’ a supply stated. Trubisky left his notes behind.”
Trubisky had mentioned toward the end of the 2020 season that a few of his concepts for the offense had been ignored — this report definitely places that notion into context. Jahns and Fishbain additionally revealed Trubisky had tried a number of instances to voice concern about Nagy’s offense, which by no means completed above twenty second within the NFL.
“‘(Trubisky would) be in the course of camp and be like, ‘Guys, none of these things is working,’ or he’d be mentioning the issues with the offense, and he’d be getting this, ‘Oh, no, man. Don’t fear in any respect. It’ll all come collectively. Have religion. Belief the method,’ a supply stated.”
Nagy had a popularity for being a happy-go-lucky, relentlessly optimistic chief. If there’s any fact to Jahns and Fishbain’s report — and so they’re about as credible because it will get — Nagy could not have been the coach many thought he was.