On the long record of traits that have endeared Matt Nagy to the Bears and Chicago, his mixture of candor and confidence is in the prime half. The coach sees his group via crucial eyes with a readability and objectivity that fosters progress. Pairing that with a contagious self-assuredness fortifies his management.
So it was equally unsurprising and refreshing on the NFL mix final month when he stated the next concerning the Bears offense, the unit he oversees on a micro and macro degree:
“Anyone that looks at our group right now, they see a prime defense within the league, they usually see a mean offense.”
Nagy knows nothing is gained by sugarcoating his evaluation. In the subsequent breath, though, he added: “I know we will get to where we’re the top on the offensive aspect. We’ve the players and coaches to try this. But there’s received to be some endurance … because it does not happen in a single yr.”
The small print supporting Nagy’s considering have been illuminated as the group let the first wave of free company cross with no excessive-profile addition to the offense.
The Bears, it seems, are going to lean exhausting on a pure progression for quarterback Mitch Trubisky and his supporting forged in Yr 2 of Nagy’s scheme.
In fact, the personnel gained’t solely carry over. The operating recreation could have totally different dimensions and extra versatility with free agents Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson, plus the operating back they presumably will draft. Theoretically, that ought to solely assist.
But after the Bears made ripples within the free-agent waters as an alternative of a splash, their massive guess on Trubisky stays firm.
They consider in his improvement commanding the offense and diagnosing defenses. They’re relying on him to be the primary purpose why the offense gained’t sputter by way of another season scoring fewer than 20 factors in eight of 17 games.
Nagy and Ryan Pace might have purchased Trubisky more assist in free company, and perhaps they tried to some extent. They cleared $thirteen million in cap room for something, right?
Nonetheless, even acknowledging we’d not have full clarity on their free-company technique, Nagy and Tempo’s conviction about Trubisky is obvious and comprehensible.
Higher but, it’s offers the measuring stick towards which their performances as coach and basic manager shall be evaluated subsequent season.
To be truthful, the roster isn’t absolutely assembled. The second wave of free agency is underway. There’s additionally the draft. Factor in the unpredictability of the trade market, the place first-string operating again Jordan Howard is within the display window, and the general image of this offense will evolve to a point.
At this point, though, a transformative addition is unforeseen, except for a drafted operating back. That…