Matchup no. 3: Matt Nagy’s creative offense vs. Giants front seven
After a tough 24-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the first week of the season, Bears coach Matt Nagy faced a lot of criticism for being too conservative offensively in the second half. While he deserved blame, it’s clear that the first-year head coach progressed a lot in the weeks since.
Nagy seems much more comfortable as an offensive play caller now, but there is always room for improvement. As the weeks went on, Trubisky’s play at quarterback improved. This is at least partially due to Nagy figuring out how to play to his strengths and hide his weaknesses.
There’s very little information on how badly Trubisky’s shoulder is actually injured, and the team isn’t saying much. It’s also unclear whether or not he’ll be inactive for the second week in a row when the Bears face the Giants.
Even if the Bears have to go with Daniel at quarterback again, I’m confident that Nagy can come up with a game plan that will maximize the backup’s abilities and help the Bears win. It’s also important for the running game to step up this week.
Running back Jordan Howard has had an odd season where he seems locked in on some weeks and struggles to get going at all on other weeks. Nagy must use Howard and pass-catching back Tarik Cohen effectively this week, especially if Trubisky is out again.
No matter who is under center for the team, Nagy has the creativity and the know-how to get this team its ninth win on the year. Hopefully, he’ll guide the Bears to an easy victory and keep the train rolling into a huge matchup with the Los Angeles Rams next week.