This year’s virtual NFL Draft has given us a glimpse inside the home of draft prospects and front office executives/coaches. Many of the player setups show standard living rooms. Coaches and teams have more intense setups that allow them to track the draft and keep notes. But nothing was odder than Matt Nagy’s setup.
The Chicago Bears head coach drafted from a room inside his home in Lake Bluff, Illinois. What was crazy was the wall decoration inside the room.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy affirmed Monday that Mitchell Trubisky’s removal from Sunday night’s game was because of an injury, not performance.
Trubisky left Sunday night’s game during the fourth quarter with the Bears down 17-7. The visuals suggested Trubisky had been benched, but the Bears said that Trubisky had a hip injury. That did nothing to stop many from thinking that the Bears were using something minor as an excuse to sit out their quarterback without looking like they’d lost all faith in him.
On Monday, Nagy said Trubisky suffered a hip pointer in the second quarter, and denied that the quarterback’s removal had anything to do with performance.
Nagy on Trubisky injury: "He has a right hip pointer. It happened on the sack at the end of the second quarter."
Trubisky admitted his hip was bothering him late in the game. He had gone 24-of-43 for 190 yards, a poor performance in a season full of them. It was the timing that raised eyebrows, and it will continue to do so. Trubisky deserved to get benched, and skeptics will continue to question whether he was all that injured no matter what Nagy says.
An image shown by NBC on Sunday night of Matt Nagy having a conversation with Mitch Trubisky, seemingly about replacing the quarterback for Chase Daniel late in the Chicago Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, has gone viral and is now a meme about betrayal.
NBC was unclear about the reason for Trubisky being replaced by Daniel and seemed to think the quarterback had been benched. They showed the conversation the two shared, which was portrayed as one where the coach could have been talking to the quarterback about sitting him down. The image drew comparisons to other moments of betrayal from famous movie or TV show scenes.
Was he benched or injured? Or benched in part because he was injured? Those are the questions many are wondering about Mitch Trubisky on Sunday night.
Trubisky was replaced by Chase Daniel with over three minutes left in the Chicago Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The way the quarterback switch happened — Trubisky stood in the sidelines with a hat on and was not examined by doctors — led the NBC announcers to speculate he had been benched. The Bears said that Trubisky had a hip injury.
After the game, both Trubisky and Nagy spoke about the matter. Trubisky admitted his hip began bothering him late in the second quarter, tightened, and prevented him from playing the way he wanted.
QB Mitch Trubisky: The hip discomfort began late in the second quarter. The tightness worsened and prevented him from playing the way he wanted. #Bearspic.twitter.com/I9nf6BgvYc
Nagy said he asked for Trubisky to be honest about his hip and the quarterback finally was, leading to the change.
Bears HC Matt Nagy said he pulled QB Mitch Trubisky from the game because of hip discomfort he had been playing through for a few series. He indicated he pleaded with Mitch for honesty about his hip, and Trubisky conceded. pic.twitter.com/Iu0WAqxZL5
Critics often skewer coaches for leaving players in games if they’re already hurt, only to get further injured. In that sense, replacing Trubisky was prudent. In another, starting quarterbacks play through injuries all the time, and it seems like Trubisky was benched for not getting the job done. Making that change so late in a game they were likely to lose anyway was clumsy and has invited plenty of possibly unneeded criticism for an already struggling team.
Mitchell Trubisky has taken a major step back in his third season, and at least one NFL coach seems to think Bears head coach Matt Nagy deserves most of the blame for that.
Rich Eisen said on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week that he spoke with a trustworthy NFL coach who has a Super Bowl ring and asked him what the problem is with Trubisky in Chicago. The coach, who chose to remain anonymous, essentially said Nagy called so many gimmick plays last season that Trubisky never learned how to play basic NFL football.
“The coach used all of these gimmicks last year and the rest of the league has sniffed it out, and Trubisky does not know how to do the basics because it was so gimmicky last year,” Eisen said the coach told him. “When it comes to going through regular reads and progressions like base football, he can’t do it and isn’t ready to do it. The Bears need to be far more simplistic, pull it back, go basic and start from scratch.”
The problem with that argument is that a first-round quarterback should already know the basics of reads and progressions. If the Bears drafted a guy who doesn’t, they certainly deserve blame for that. But it’s also possible that Nagy had to use so many trick plays last season just to make Trubisky look good, and teams finally caught up to it. Maybe Trubisky just can’t get it done without a gimmick offense because he simply isn’t good enough.
As the head coach and someone who comes from an offensive background, Nagy is obviously largely responsible for how horrendous the Bears have been on that side of the ball this year. However, it’s difficult for an NFL coach to make something out of nothing. That could be what Nagy was able to do last season before teams caught on.
Trubisky gave us a glimpse this week of just how motivated he is to block out the criticism, but he has five touchdown passes and three interceptions in seven games. He’s less than a game manager at this point, and Chicago’s potential is being wasted because of it.
The Chicago Bears are still trying to figure out what they can do to get quarterback Mitchell Trubisky right, and coach Matt Nagy had one bit of feedback for Trubisky after the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Nagy admitted that he took Trubisky aside after that game and urged the quarterback to watch his own body language, which was characterized as “serious and tense.” Changing that, it seems, is a point of emphasis.
Nagy took Mitchell Trubisky aside after the Chargers loss & told him to watch the broadcast version of the game – to watch his facial expressions and how he carried himself – Trubisky said he looked serious & tense, said that's "not me." 9 more games to show this team who he is.
Trubisky has been shaky enough lately that Nagy had to assert that he is still the starter. The third-year quarterback has thrown five touchdowns and three interceptions in six games this season and has yet to come particularly close to 300 yards.
Eddy Pineiro probably wanted to make like Southwest Airlines and get away after his poor performance on Sunday, but his coach is still confident in him.
Addressing the media Monday, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy backed the young kicker following his two missed field goals, including a potential game-winner in the final seconds, in a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“We have all the faith in the world in him,” Nagy went on. “We know he’s going to bounce back. Ask anybody on the team. It’s the NFL. It happens. How do you respond to it? Right?”
After hooking a 33-yard attempt off the right upright in the first quarter, the 24-year-old Pineiro missed a 41-yarder that would have given the Bears the win as time expired in the fourth. He entered play on Sunday though having made nine of his ten attempts on the season, including the game-winner against the Broncos in Week 2 that Nagy mentioned.
Nagy did find himself having to defend one of his decisions before Pineiro’s miss, but Pineiro has definitely done enough to merit his coach’s support.