After one year together, the Matt Nagy-Justin Fields marriage is now over.
Despite Nagy’s involvement in the Bears trading up to select Fields in the first round of last year’s draft, the offense continued to sputter in 2021. And Nagy was eventually fired after the season.
While Fields has said nothing demeaning towards Matt Nagy publicly, he apparently felt the coach was clueless behind closed doors.
“IT WAS A TOTAL SNAFU TO NAME ANDY THE STARTER WHEN YOU SIGNED HIM,” THE FIRST SCOUT SAID.
“HAS (MATT NAGY) HELPED FIELDS ENOUGH? NO,” THE SECOND SCOUT SAID.
THAT WAS THE CONSENSUS THOUGHT ABOUT NAGY AND OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR BILL LAZOR. THEY DIDN’T DO ENOUGH FOR FIELDS. ONE LEAGUE SOURCE POINTED TO THE OFFENSIVE STRUCTURE, WHETHER IT’S SPACING OF THE FIELD, THE ROUTE RUNNING AND THE OPTIONS PROVIDED TO FIELDS IN IT.
“SOMETIMES QUARTERBACKS SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY, AND IF THEY DON’T GET THE RIGHT EXPLANATION, THE QUARTERBACK THEN RECOGNIZES THAT THE COACH DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT,” THE SOURCE SAID. “AND THEN THERE’S WHERE THE MENTAL COMPROMISE STARTS WITH QUARTERBACKS AND COACHES WHO AREN’T TEACHERS.”
Justin Fields was going from one of the most dynamic offenses in college football with Ohio State to Matt Nagy’s bottom-of-the-barrel unit, so it’s not totally surprising that he wasn’t satisfied with a lot of the scheme.
Now, the bears ownership will have the task of bringing in a coach or set of coaches who can get the most out of Fields. But for now, the team has maintained that the QB will not be a part of the discussions.
Regardless, the next coach is going to have to be sold on the future of Justin Fields if he wants to believe in the team going forward.
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