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Bears sound off on ‘BS’ taunting call against Cassius Marsh

Cassius Marsh taunting the Steelers

The Chicago Bears were on the receiving end of one of the most questionable penalty calls of the season, and they made sure to let everybody know about it afterwards.

With his team trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the fourth quarter on Monday, Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh came up with a huge sack on third down to halt the Steelers’ drive. However, referee Tony Corrente flagged Marsh for a taunting penalty after Marsh stared down the Pittsburgh sideline without saying a word.

The optics were also especially bad for Corrente because he appeared to initiate contact with Marsh as he was calling Marsh for the penalty.

To be clear, Marsh did do a jump-kick celebration after recording the sack. But the flag did not come in until well after the celebration. Instead, it was thrown immediately following Marsh’s staredown of the opposing sideline.

The 15-yard taunting penalty resulted in a fresh set of downs for the Steelers and put them in field goal range. The Bears then had to burn two timeouts to stop the clock before Chris Boswell hit a 52-yard kick. Chicago did score a touchdown on their next drive to take a slim 27-26 lead. But after Pittsburgh answered back with another field goal of their own to go up 29-27, the Bears had just 30 seconds left to go 75 yards. Bears kicker Cairo Santos missed a 65-yard field goal attempt that fell well short as time expired.

After the game, Bears linebacker Roquan Smith criticized the taunting call.

“I thought it was a BS call,” Smith said, per Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.

Smith summed up how most people felt about the penalty. Taunting calls in the NFL are out of control this season, and Monday’s penalty against Marsh and the Bears looked especially bad, on top of maybe costing them the game.

Bears already preparing to replace Matt Nagy?

Matt Nagy

Matt Nagy’s fourth season in Chicago could very well end up being his last.

NFL insider Benjamin Allbright appeared Friday on “Sports Talk Chicago” with Jon Zaghloul and said that he “100 percent” thinks that the Bears head coach Nagy will be gone by the end of the year.

“From my conversations with people, the [Bears] have already started doing backgrounds on potential replacements,” added Allbright.

Allbright also mentioned Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll specifically as “the leader in the clubhouse” to replace Nagy.

After leading Chicago to 12 wins and a division title in 2018, Nagy has fallen on some rough times. The Bears have not had a winning season since then and are now floundering in 2021 with a record of 3-5.

Nagy has come under fire this season on everything from botching Justin Fields’ development to his handling of the media. At this point, very few would be surprised if he ultimately gets sent packing.

Photo: Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears coaches made Justin Fields look bad with big mistake

Justin Fields

Justin Fields has struggled since taking over as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Much of that is due to him not adapting well to the NFL. But at least one of his errors Sunday doesn’t sound like it was his fault.

Fields threw an interception off a quick snap in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It looked like Fields was trying to take advantage of the Tampa Bay defense not being set, but the ploy didn’t work when the protection broke down.

The throw looks desperate and forced, and there’s a reason for that. Fields was inaccurately told that the Buccaneers had 12 players on the field, and was taking advantage of what he thought was a free play.

That mistake is on the coaches for giving Fields inaccurate information. The fact that this isn’t the first time does not speak well of Matt Nagy’s staff.

The Bears offense has been so bad this year it’s been criticized by some opponents. No wonder Nagy’s seat seems to be getting hotter with each passing week.

Aaron Rodgers named Bears’ owner in funny Wikipedia edit

Aaron Rodgers taunts Bears fans

It did not take long for Aaron Rodgers to trash talk himself into becoming the actual owner of the Chicago Bears … at least on Wikipedia.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback delivered the viral moment of the week when he taunted Bears fans during Sunday’s divisional win over Chicago. Rodgers scrambled for a key rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter and rubbed it in by telling the home fans, “I still own you!”

The Chicago Bears’ Wikipedia page reflected just as much after the game. In light of Rodgers’ taunt, he was briefly listed as the owner of the Bears.

Another funny edit had Bears head coach Matt Nagy listed on Wikipedia as Rodgers’ son.

Though the taunt served as a bit of revenge, in reality, Rodgers can make a pretty strong case to be Bears owner. He is now 22-5 against them for his NFL career. Regardless, the reigning NFL MVP Rodgers probably prefers this Wikipedia edit to the last one that he was a part of.

Aaron Rodgers answers whether he would ever play for Bears

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Aaron Rodgers has expressed that he does not want to remain in Green Bay much longer due to issues he has with the the team’s front office. He could end up on a new team next season, but would he consider going to one of his biggest division rivals? He was asked that question on Wednesday ahead of the Packers’ game at Chicago in Week 6.

Rodgers said he is well aware of how much Bears fans dislike him. He also said he liked the city overall, which led to a question about whether he could ever play for the NFC North rival.

Rodgers responded with a hard “no.”

Rodgers may say that now, but you never know what could happen. Brett Favre ended up playing for the Minnesota Vikings towards the end of his career. Rodgers shouldn’t close the door on playing for Chicago. But he probably couldn’t say that publicly, not while he’s still wearing green and yellow.

Justin Fields to remain Bears’ starting QB over Andy Dalton

Justin Fields

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said roughly two weeks ago that Andy Dalton will be the team’s starter when healthy. As many anticipated, plans have changed in a hurry.

Nagy told reporters on Wednesday that Justin Fields will remain the Bears’ starting quarterback going forward. He said the rookie has shown enough growth over the last two weeks and that Dalton’s knee injury “sped up the process” of Fields developing.

The news is no surprise. Fields has not played all that well in his two weeks as a starter, but there has been tremendous pressure on Nagy to play Fields since the offseason. The reality is the Bears did not know they would be in a position to draft Fields when they signed Andy Dalton. That’s why they were quick to label Dalton their “QB1,” which is something they were later roasted for on social media.

Fields has completed just over 48 percent of his passes this season. He has 347 passing yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He has added 55 rushing yards and one score on the ground.

Dalton is recovered from his knee injury and will practice in full this week. He’ll serve as Fields’ primary backup going forward.

ESPN analyst blasts Bears coach Matt Nagy for trying to steal spotlight

Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears looked much better on offense in their 24-14 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and that may have had something to do with Matt Nagy giving up playcalling duties. You wouldn’t know that if you asked the head coach.

Nagy acknowledged after Sunday’s game that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor called plays. He was, however, sure to point out that that everything “goes through me.”

The Bears managed just six points in their loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. They had more success on Sunday, and the end result was a lot better even though Justin Fields still struggled a bit.

ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, a former NFL safety, feels Nagy’s handling of the situation in Chicago has been horrendous. He blasted the head coach on Monday’s edition of “Get Up!” for trying to take credit away from Lazor.

Nagy also handed playcalling duties over to Lazor last year when Chicago’s offense was struggling. The Bears had just 47 total yards in last week’s loss, so something obviously had to change.

It seems like Nagy doesn’t want to admit he’s part of the problem, but even opposing players have criticized the Bears’ offense.

Matt Nagy makes surprising admission about critics of Bears offense

Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears have been a mess on offense through the first three weeks of the season. Their play has sparked a wave of criticism, much of it aimed at coach Matt Nagy. Not only does Nagy hear the criticism, but he accepts it, too.

Nagy admitted Wednesday that critics of the Bears’ offense is “fair” and said he was at least considering handing off playcalling duties ahead of the team’s Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions.

In 2020, Nagy handed off playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor when the offense was struggling. He’s likely considering doing the same thing here.

Nagy can’t fight the criticism because the numbers make it impossible not to. The Bears have only eclipsed 300 yards of total offense once in the first three games, and they have yet to put up 200 team passing yards. In Sunday’s loss to the Browns, they had just 47 total yards and six first downs.

Many would say the big change the Bears need to make is at quarterback, but Justin Fields struggled mightily Sunday. That said, when even the opposition is criticizing how ineffective the offense is, bigger changes may be necessary.

Myles Garrett hints that Bears did not properly use Justin Fields

Myles Garrett

The Cleveland Browns terrorized Justin Fields on Sunday, sacking the rookie quarterback nine times in his first NFL start. Myles Garrett had a team-record 4.5 of those sacks, and he seems to think Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was responsible for many of them.

In a phone conversation with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk after Cleveland’s dominant 26-6 win, Garrett indicated that the Bears did not properly utilize Fields. Florio shared what Garrett told him during NBC’s “Football Night in America” broadcast.

“He told me that the Browns’ defense was surprised by the way Justin Fields was used, or more accurately, the way he wasn’t used,” Florio said, per Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “They didn’t move him around. They didn’t get him out of the pocket. They didn’t roll him out. They didn’t take advantage of his mobility. It made it easier for the defensive linemen to get home, to get him onto the ground, and we saw Garrett do it 4.5 times, a team record.”

The Bears could not move the ball against Cleveland. They had just 47 yards and six first downs in the game. Fans in Chicago were excited for Fields to start instead of Andy Dalton, but the result with the rookie was much, much worse.

Nagy may have been trying to protect Fields, but he certainly did not put him in a position to succeed. Nick Foles, who is No. 3 on the Bears’ depth chart, appeared to be shown on camera at one point saying the offense was not working. Garrett and anyone who watched the game agreed.

If Fields starts again in Week 4, Nagy has to get more creative with the play designs. Otherwise, the coach will watch Fields’ career fizzle out as quickly as Mitchell Trubisky’s did.

Nick Foles captured on video saying Bears’ offense not working?

Nick Foles

The Chicago Bears had an embarrassing defeat at Cleveland on Sunday. They lost 26-6 to the Browns and struggled to do anything offensively. Nick Foles seemed to mention that while on the sidelines.

Foles is the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback, behind Justin Fields and Andy Dalton on the depth chart. Foles hasn’t seen any playing time this season, but he saw enough on Sunday to know that whatever the Bears had drawn up wasn’t working.

This video clip appears to show Foles saying something along the lines of “Matt’s offense just isn’t working.”

If that’s what he said, Foles was talking about Bears head coach Matt Nagy. And he wouldn’t be wrong.

The Bears could not move the ball against Cleveland. They had just 47 yards and six first downs in the game. Fields was sacked nine times for 67 yards.

And Bears fans thought Dalton was bad? This was hideous.