Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy gives yet another non-answer to key question

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Part of the job of being an NFL head coach is to try and develop your young talent for future success. For Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy, that’s an area where he’s struggled.

Looking at how he has handled rookie quarterback Justin Fields, and how his offense simply doesn’t fit what type of quarterback Fields is, should be one of the main reasons the Bears fire Nagy.

It is blatantly obvious that Nagy has tried to fit a square peg into a round hole, here. As the season has gone on, Nagy has given Fields a few more opportunities to use his legs and roll out of the pocket, but the offense as a whole is still stale.

Another player Nagy has had the opportunity to develop is rookie tackle Larry Borom. This past week, though, Nagy opted to start veteran Germain Ifedi over Borom in an interesting decision. That decision was brought into question this week.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy gave us another non-answer when trying to defend a questionable decision.

When Nagy was asked about his decision to start Ifedi over Borom in a meaningless game, reporters were also likely thinking about Ifedi’s outburst from the previous week. Teven Jenkins was flagged for unnecessary roughness in a game against the Minnesota Vikings, and Ifedi came over and lit up his rookie teammate in anger.

Some didn’t like that move by Ifedi, noting that he should have stood up for his quarterback instead. Others argued that Ifedi’s motive may have been correct, but the way he chose to shove a teammate was not appropriate.

So, for Ifedi to not only start against the Seahawks but be named a captain, was absolutely worth questioning Nagy over. Now, regardless of Nagy starting Ifedi or not, it didn’t matter. Jenkins ended up getting hurt, forcing Borom into action. But, when asked about the decision, this is what Nagy had to say:

"“You get to these points right now in the season, and especially when we’re not able to make the playoffs, I understand that everybody’s going to have their own opinion. There’s a dynamic to who each player is and the roles that they’ve come into. I think if you look at Ifedi and where he was last year here as a guard, and then we changed him to tackle, and the way he finished in such a great way was neat to see. Then coming into this year we have two young draft picks that we got for the future, but Ifedi’s still the starter. He came in and I thought that he was playing well. Then he got hurt.”"

Quite the answer, huh? Not exactly — and he wasn’t done, yet.

"“These guys, all individually, they put in their own time and effort in trying to get back and trying to play for the team and their teammates, so there’s more dynamics than just ‘play this guy or play that guy.’ That’s what we deal with as coaches is making sure we deal with that.“So looking back to last week, we had the ability with having Ifedi up and ready, what a great opportunity for him to come back in and show what he can do. Every week is a little bit different and they all have their reasons for it at different positions, so that’s kind of why we did that last week.”"

That’s why he did it, folks. All of that — all of it — is why he decided to start Ifedi.

In case you didn’t notice, there was absolutely no concrete answer to the original question in that entire pile of words. Nagy didn’t have a good answer for the question, just as he hardly ever has a good, concrete answer to any question.

As we’ve talked about in length here, for a while, Nagy is going to get fired. That’s an obvious assumption to make. But, he’s getting fired for several reasons. This is just another one in the long line of reasons why he’s getting the boot.

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Anytime Nagy is asked a key question by the media, he dances around it and gives us long-winded answers that really don’t answer a whole lot. It’s tiring. It’s hilarious. It’s pathetic.