The Chicago Bears could have won in the Bayou if not for Matt Nagy’s play-calling.
Running through the two-minute warning drill in the first half, Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears began at its own 25-yard line. Down by only four points, the Bears could move the ball, keep the clock rolling and try to settle for a Cario Santos field goal to close to within one.
The first play was a run to David Montgomery. So was the second. Then the third.
With just over 100 seconds left on the clock, Matt Nagy chose to run out the clock rather then trust his quarterback to make a play. It ultimately cost the Bears a chance for points and swung momentum in favor of the New Orleans Saints.
The Bears ownership must fire Matt Nagy after this game.pic.twitter.com/h7aIH3a3G1
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 11, 2021
The Saints advances to the Divisional Round. Meanwhile, Chicago enters the offseason with more questions than answers. Despite making the postseason, it was a gut-punch to the fanbase which would have accepted trying to rebuild for next season.
Ultimately, something must change, and it starts with the head coach.
The Bears’ offensive plays them a chance at a postseason run
Entering the afternoon, a report stated that the Bears would move off Trubisky if they were to lose. Nagy made sure this would be the last game he’d be working with the former No. 2 pick, playing scared and conservative throughout.
Matt Nagy, down 18 points with 8 minutes left in the playoffs pic.twitter.com/aqvZtOh87o
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 11, 2021
Yes, three times Trubisky targeted Javon Wims for a massive gain. One was a catch, one was batted away and one was dropped in the end zone. It didn’t work out, but the Bears should have kept trying. They went away from it.
I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again- Heading into 2021 you absolutely cannot have Matt Nagy has the head coach & Mitchell Trubisky as the starting quarterback. The two don’t work. Nagy doesn’t trust Trubisky & this offense doesn’t play to Trubisky’s strengths. #Bears
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) January 10, 2021
Nagy has had three years to make Trubisky a passable player. He was given Nick Foles and the offense got even worse. At some juncture, it’s on the coach to make his players better either by scheme, play-calling or a combination.
Nagy did neither, and now should be looking for work.