Wyche: Nagy Absolutely Deserves Criticism

Matt Nagy had "no faith" in his team, Steve Wyche says, and that is why the Bears lost Sunday

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October 28, 2019 - 11:50 am
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Well, it happened again. The Chicago Bears had a chance for a walk-off win at Soldier Field, this time against the Los Angeles Chargers, but their kicker missed what would have been a game-winning field goal.

Only this time it wasn’t on the kicker, Eddy Pineiro. It was on Matt Nagy, who had Mitchell Trubisky take a knee on first down with 43 seconds remaining.

Why didn’t Nagy run another player or two? Why didn’t he try to make life easier on Pineiro? Why did he force him to hit a 41-yarder?

Does Nagy deserve criticism for this loss?

“Yup, absolutely,” NFL Network reporter Steve Wyche said on The DA Show. “They had a timeout, plenty of time on the clock, and the excuses he gave – he said his team ran the ball well, but in that situation, he didn’t want to run it because of the potential for a fumble or the potential for negative yardage. Then he says, Mitch Trubisky, suppose he throws a pick or suppose he takes a sack.”

That, Wyche says, is the wrong mindset.

“Well, suppose you get five yards on a run or you get located more central to the field for your kicker,” Wyche countered. “Suppose positive things happen. That’s no faith in your team. He absolutely deserves criticism right there. I’m sure when he wakes up this morning and looks at the film or thinks about his decisions, he’s not going to feel good about the way that was handled. He was (coaching scared).”

It’s difficult to understand why. David Montgomery had his best game as a pro, rushing 27 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. Trubisky wasn’t great, but he did put the Bears in position to win, finishing 23-of-35 for 253 yards and an interception.

The Bears (3-4) settled for three field goals in four trips to the red zone and have now lost three straight overall.

After finishing 12-4 last year, is Nagy shell-shocked?

“Their team hasn’t been nearly as good,” Wyche said. “They were riding a wave of a lot of positivity. Everything worked well last season. The defense has been fantastic. Offense, which is Matt Nagy’s side of the ball, has been terrible. They can’t block, they can’t run the ball – his play-calling has been all over the place. So I think it’s more than shell-shock. I think he’s sitting there wondering, ‘Oh my gosh, how are we going to get out of this mess?’”

The Bears play the Eagles (4-4) in Philadelphia this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.