As a Bears fan I don’t really want to change this website to When Halas Hall is spinning, constantly following the latest confusing bit of postmodern performance art that Matt Nagy puts up when it comes to Justin Fields.
And yet, even in just four weeks, it has taken so many twists and turns, each so utterly baffling and hard to believe, that no one can look away. I’d rather slog through this 7-9 win campaign in peace and out of the limelight, but the volume of all that the Bears is precludes that. So does a coach who descends into madness seemingly every week.
Before I go any further, it’s important to establish a baseline. So let’s do that:
Normally this would be the part where I point out that Andy Dalton can’t throw piss cords like this. Or that no Bears quarterback in history could (not quite true, but no one promised a decade or more of piss cords like this). But you’ve read all that. What is clear is that Fields brings a baseline and understanding of piss cords. So you’d think any discussion about going back to the non-pissrope-capable is a non-starter. Pissropes are a possibility. They are hope. They are the way.
But not here. Just today, Matt Nagy told the assembled media that: if Andy Dalton is healthy he will start Sunday in Vegas. And however you cut it or try to color it, it’s the ravings of a man who has lost the plot.
Leading up to the Lions game, and it’s important to remember that this was for THE LIONS, Nagy wanted to keep it a secret who started QB. While we all knew Fields was going to start, Dalton wasn’t healthy, the appearance of a subterfuge was so important to Nagy. While all NFL coaches like to play hide-and-seek with what is and what might just be in an effort to deceive, this is not the end goal. It’s just a tool. But for Nagy, subterfuge is the destination. It’s not a shroud to cover the idea, but the whole idea. And it was to fool THE LIONS. You’re not cheating the Lions. You feel sorry for the lions. You need to be confident enough in what you’re doing that you can do anything but send the Lions your playbook.
So that’s all this could be, to leave the Raiders guessing about Sunday’s appetizer, as if even Jon Gruden were wasting time “planning” for Andy Dalton instead of just laughing and having another drink. donate. But believing you’re playing chess on a higher dimension than everyone else, simply because you think you’re mysterious and no one can understand your brilliance, is a sign of someone getting closer and closer where the buses don’t go. walk.
Or maybe Nagy honestly thinks the Bears going back to Dalton is their best available route, which is, of course, insane. As discussed earlier, Nagy has a vision of his offense that no one understands and he has never been able to actually show it on the field. The coach may well have the illusion that Dalton can only make that attack because he can see better than Fields. Seeing things that aren’t there isn’t the hallmark of someone in control.
It stretches more, somehow. Like last season, Nagy handed over play-calling to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor yesterday, and just like last season (against terrible opposition, whatever the season was, admittedly), there was consistency. There was a plan. Games built on previous games, weaknesses were attacked and countered. Play action came after the point was established. Fields moved a little. Each RPO was used for variety rather than a base. It looked professional if not spectacular.
Also piss cords:
Everyone is happy and goes home with a relatively comfortable win, which is not often the case for the Bears, even if it caused some injury concerns. Everyone has to exhale, right? Cherish a minute? No, Matt Nagy wanted you to know he was involved, okay?
We’ve all seen this man, in different settings. Whoever walks around the party he’s not hosting tells you that he chose the music. Or the one at work who didn’t write the successful pitch and said the bagels he bought for it sealed the deal. The guy at the bar who won’t leave you alone, who constantly tells you what a great place this is and how he was the first to come here regularly. You have met this man.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with being a coach who doesn’t impose any rules of the game. There are plenty who don’t, and being a CEO is more than fine. Even Fields commented how much quieter? it made things. Worry about the big picture, focus on clock management, make calls here and there, etc. No problem with that.
But if you feel like you’re losing your grip, you can’t give up anything. The more that slips through your fingers, the more you desperately try to grasp at what’s around you. Imposter syndrome is growing and may even begin to take over. Nagy may even have gotten to the point where he’s sure to be discovered if he doesn’t look like he’s in charge of everything, and he may be the only one who doesn’t know he’s already been exposed.
In all likelihood, this latest batch of news is all noise. Fields starts Sunday and he will continue to do so as long as he is healthy because all Nagy has been able to hold on to is the respect of his players. I don’t know how either, but they’ve never given up on him, and that’s a good thing. Voluntarily going back to Dalton would remove the last pillar he has in front of him.
But if you’ve lost touch with reality, you may not realize how low you stand until you’ve broken everything down.