Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Has there been any thought to starting Mitchell Trubisky again? With Nick Foles starting, the Bears offense has been worse that it was before. Trubisky at least gives the threat to run and maybe now has a chip on his shoulder to play with more urgency.
I received this same question from several fans this week, Richie. It appears that the Bears do not have any plans to switch back from Nick Foles to Mitchell Trubisky at this time. Asked about that possibility Tuesday, coach Matt Nagy said: “We have a lot of confidence and I have a lot of confidence in Nick right now with where he’s at. Again, this is a process for us to work through, and it’s not just one person. It’s really not. And I know from [Monday night], decision-making-wise and where he’s at, I thought he did a good job. I thought he made some good throws. He missed a couple as well, but again, it’s a team sport, so there’s some other reasons for that as well. [We will] just keep rolling through that and working through it.”
With how poorly the offense has been playing, do you think the Bears will have offensive coordinator Bill Lazor or quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo call plays? I feel a more basic approach with personnel could help the team excel.
Coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that he has considered relinquishing the play-calling duties and will continue to do so on a weekly basis, but doesn’t think that it’s necessary to do so at this time. Said Nagy: “I look at all that. That’s the very first thing I look at is that. I talk to our coaches and we talk through that whole process. There’s no opposition from me if we feel like that that’s what the issue is. And so we look at that. Right now, where we’re at, that’s not where we think it’s at. But at the same point in time, I’ll always continue each week to look at it. I’ll say this, too: When you’re in a little bit of a rut like we are, a lot of bit of a rut like we are right now, you have to look at everything. And sometimes, even if it’s just a little bit of a change somewhere, too, you have to be able to do that. No one here, coach and/or player, has too big of an ego to think that it’s not them as a player or a coach. We talk through those kinds of decisions. We’ll just keep evaluating and rolling and seeing where we’re at.”
I feel that the offensive line is the Bears’ biggest problem, especially in terms of pass protection. Given that there probably aren’t any linemen available on the street who could make a big difference at this point on the season, is there a way to help the line through the way plays are called?
Lake Villa, Illinois
I’d say the No. 1 way is to assist the line is to provide more max-protection scenarios where tight ends, running backs and even wide receivers are kept in to block. Of course, that reduces the number of eligible receivers on a given play, but it’s a sacrifice that may be necessary at times. Here’s what coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday when asked whether it’s possible to provide the line with some help: “There are a lot of ways schematically. We have them all over our playbook, to be able to help out our offensive linemen in situations where maybe they’re sliding to a gap or to an area and they’re not on man-to-man. For sure, you have to be able to do that. Now when you do that, a lot of times you’ll lose some type of receiver. Whether it’s a tight end or wide receiver, you lose an element of a receiver in that when you use an extra guy to protect. So it’s kind of weighing some of that out. But absolutely you can do that, and we have that in our playbook to be able to do that.”
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