On Monday Night Football, all eyes were on Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields. This was his Monday Night Football debut, and a chance to take another big step in his development.
Needless to say, Fields did exactly that. He was so brilliant, in fact, that Pro Football Focus graded him as the best quarterback of Week 9 across the entire NFL.
While Fields’ 336 total yards from scrimmage were marvelous in their own way, the Bears still couldn’t manage to pull off the victory because of their inability to stay disciplined.
This game could largely be defined by the poor officiating. And, sure, there were a handful of very bad calls. Even the national media is demanding answers — that’s how bad Tony Corrente and his crew were. However, Bears head coach Matt Nagy can still be blamed for much of the final penalty numbers.
The Chicago Bears need to fire Matt Nagy after the team’s lack of discipline on Monday night.
This is nothing new. The Bears have always had trouble getting out of their own way under Nagy’s watch. Whether it’s issues with attitude or unsportsmanlike conduct, or simple laziness, Nagy’s Bears never miss an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot.
Monday night, the Bears tallied a whopping 12 penalties for 115 yards, but no penalties were as big of a killer as the ones on Pittsburgh’s final drive.
We won’t even get into the bad taunting call on Cassius Marsh — although to be quite honest, as a practice squad player, he should’ve simply made the play and walked back to his respective sideline. There’s no need for any peering over at the Pittsburgh sideline. Marsh should’ve acted like he had been there before.
But then again, Nagy doesn’t promote that type of culture.
Back to the final Steelers drive. On back to back plays, Bears pass rushers were called for being offsides. The first time, it was Robert Quinn lined up in the neutral zone. The second time, it was Trevis Gipson.
Two plays in a row, something so elementary went wrong. How? How is there such a laziness with that unit?
That can only be summed up with one word: leadership.
The Bears are not known for their discipline. Just look at their track record under Nagy. Again, whether it’s players throwing punches or getting flagged for silly things like this, Nagy’s Bears are undisciplined. That has not changed, and it will not change until Nagy is fired.