Justin Fields controversial non-appeal among 3 things that stood out for Matt Nagy in Chicago Bears’ Week 6 loss
Nagy cited the lack of explosive plays as a critical factor in being capped at 14 points, saying, “You don’t drive the ball into 10-game discs all the time… We don’t score enough. You have to score more. We understand that. “
However, the lack of big games wasn’t the only factor. Nagy believes more points will come if the Bears play complementary football like they did in an impressive 20-9 win over the Raiders on October 10 in Las Vegas. Against the Packers, the Bears defense generated no takeaways and forced only one possession by three-and-outs.
“I really believe that for our team, in general, we have to work together in all three phases,” said Nagy. “It’s going to be important, if we do that and defensively we get three outs, we get turnovers, [and] offensively, when you get a turnover or three-and-outs, you get touchdowns. Not all matches will be 40-40. But we can score more and it will be complementary. “
The Bears are averaging 16.3 points per game this season. They have scored over 20 points just once in six games and are 3-0 when they have generated over 14 points.
(2) Nagy praised Fields for continuing to make the progress the Bears hope to see with their first-round pick.
Nagy was particularly impressed with a three-game streak in the offensive’s first practice. The Bears went from their own 42 to 1 for the Packers over the three snaps, as Fields completed 11-yard passes to Darnell Mooney and 20-yards to Allen Robinson II then threw deep to Marquise Goodwin. , who shot a 26-yard pass interference penalty. Two games later, Herbert’s 1-yard touchdown gave the Bears a 7-0 lead.
“Those three games there for Justin were special,” Nagy said. “The very first play, he had a three-step fall, a nice little hitch and a corner corner from Mooney just in time. It was a pro throw, a pro play. Great play by the line, everyone. .
“The next play he comes back and they do a cover-two and he hits A-Rob in the side pocket over there on the sideline. Great throw, great catch, great execution. A great shooting game follows. flea protection, where security is playing a little tight, cutting a deep cross. And he goes with the post alert, that’s what we teach him.
“It all happened on time and to the beat. When you can play the quarterback and play on time and to the beat, you see good things happening. It was great, those three games there. . I thought it was great for him. “
Nagy also praised Fields for his decision making on the Bears’ fourth quarter TD record. In four games, the rookie quarterback connected on 20-yard passes to Robinson and 21-yard to Cole Kmet and traveled 14 yards. Fields capped possession with a 5-yard touchdown hit in Mooney.
“It was one of the best practices of the season, and definitely Justin’s best,” Nagy said. “When you go back and watch these games, that’s what turns you on, is being able to see that… the decision-making, the jamming of Justin, the big catches by the wide receivers and the tight ends, the protection by the O-line, races when we needed it, then the very last game.
“They zoned us out. He had protection. He made a great shot. For me that means growth for him and for our offense. We just need to do more. We need to get more in the middle. [of the game] and don’t expect the first player of the game to be that player there. “
(3) Nagy shared his thoughts on a controversial play that resulted in an interception that changed momentum.
Seeking to extend their lead to 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Bears faced third and seventh overall of the Packers’ 47. responsible for doing. Fields rolled to her right and, thinking it was free play, threw a pass into the end zone, where it was intercepted by safety Darnell Savage. Unfortunately for the Bears, no flag was thrown.
“For us that’s a really good teaching point to learn,” Nagy said, “because you don’t see that very often, where you think they’re offside and you slam the ball and that they are in the neutral zone and then you start the game. There is a method for this procedure, for this game, in the game, without being too specific. “
The reason there were no Bears receivers near where the ball was thrown is because Robinson, seeing Fields rushing to his right, interrupted his route.
“When we slammed the ball thinking it was free play you see Justin rushing to the right,” Nagy said. “A-Rob runs down his road and thinks it turns into a scramble to the right. So just as he’s about to throw the ball, A-Rob runs to the right. He thought A-Rob was going to be there and at that location and they were just gone because of the jamming mode we entered. “