You’d forgive Bears fans about previous backup scar tissue. But Matt Nagy is not most Bears questions.
The fears with backup quarterbacks are well-earned around these parts. We’ve all sat through way too many Jonathan Quinn rubber chickens out into the flat or veterans like Chris Chandler and Jason Campbell who looked like they were upset that they had to be in a game at all. And the list of talentless hacks who looked like they were apologizing to the football before throwing it is too long to list to keep one’s sanity.
And whenever any team has to turn to the No. 2, the worry is that the offense will be scaled down, defenses can simply key on the run and dare whatever stooge is taking snaps to go over the top fo them. And they almost always can’t.
Matt Nagy is going to run his offense and he doesn’t care.
While Chase Daniel deserves a ton of credit for hitting all the throws with literally no live practice with the first team, it’s Nagy’s scheme that still gets guys open, that makes reads easier, that gives his players confidence. Maybe it wasn’t quite as complicated, but Nagy can still get Tarik Cohen on a linebacker or Gabriel open to the outside when he pleases.
There’s no better illustration than the touchdown pass to Cohen. Daniel missed that earlier in the game by a hair. The fears of timing being off or touch not being there through reps might have scared other coaches. All Nagy knew was that it would be there again, and with a second chance, Daniel would connect.
The Bears offense is going to be the Bears offense. And the plays will get made because they’re that well-designed. What a world.