Teven Jenkins debut was not the best
Jason Peters, the Bears best offensive lineman, had his ankle rolled up on with 6:23 in the first quarter.
Peters left the game and did not return. Jenkins made his long-awaited season debut. Jenkins missed all of training camp and the first 12 games after needing back surgery. The second-round pick who the Bears traded up to protect Fields’ blindside for year’s to come played like a rookie who missed all of training camp and 12 games.
He started off okay as he was part of the blocking that sprung Grant for his 46-yard touchdown.
Jenkins made the offensive lineman cardinal sin trifecta early in the third quarter when he was beat by Preston Smith, held him as he was being beaten, and allowed Smith to strip-sack Fields.
The play completely swung momentum in the Packers’ favor. Green Bay scored a few plays later to go to 35-27.
Jenkins has had just two padded practices and it showed.
If Peters is unable to go Monday night against the Vikings, it is no sure thing Jenkins starts at left tackle.
Matt Nagy was horrible
Nagy told the TV broadcast he was having fun after the first half. After the game, he was left doubting himself.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur completely outcoached Nagy in the second half.
Nagy oversaw an offense that gave running back David Montgomery just one carry in the second half. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor might be calling the plays but Nagy has let it be known he has the final say.
He made probably what was the final nail in his Bears’ coaching career coffin by choosing to punt on fourth and inches in the fourth quarter.
The Bears needed a few inches on their 30-yard line.
Any player over three feet tall just needed to fall forward and the drive continues. The Chicago Bears’ defense was decimated by in-game injuries so a continued drive would have been a good idea. Plus, the Bears were down by 11 in the fourth quarter.
Instead, Nagy chose to play the field position game–against Aaron Rodgers.
His gamble almost paid off when Amari Rodgers muffed the punt. The Bears recovered for a score. It was taken off the board after Kindle Vildor was penalized for running out of boards and not immediately establishing himself.
The Bears punted again because of undisciplined play–a repeating theme this season.
Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers for another score–ballgame.
Nagy’s decision was regrettable in his opinion.
"“You wish you would’ve went for it. That’s the part where you look back as a coach and go, ‘Damn, that would’ve been a time to do that.’”"
Everyone but Nagy knew it was the best time to go for it. Fail, Rodgers leads a scoring drive on a short field but there is a bit more clock. Succeed, the drive continues, and maybe the Bears score and cut the Packers lead to three with a touchdown or eight with a field goal.
Nagy instead went the cowardly route and paid for it dearly. Soon he will probably pay for this awful season with his job.