The head coach will take over the offensive side of the ball in the following season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has put an end to any doubt about who will call the team’s offensive plays in 2021.
The former NFL coach of the year confirmed on Friday that he will handle playtime duties after temporarily handing over responsibility to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor for a time last season.
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears coach. Getty
“I’ll be the one ordering the plays this year, so I know you guys are probably asking that, so we can let you know up front,” Nagy said on a Zoom call.
Last year, the Bears struggled to find some rhythm on offense until a three-game winning streak at the end of the season led Chicago to a wild-card spot in the playoffs. The Bears finished the 2020 season in last place in most offensive statistical categories.
However, Nagy expressed his excitement about Chicago’s acquisition of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who is the team’s new starter after former second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky signed with Buffalo in free agency. Veteran Nick Foles is listed as Chicago’s No. 2 quarterback.
“Some things will be a little different [a la ofensiva]”Nagy said.” There will be some things Andy will like that Mitch and Nick hated, and vice versa. But we will work together to find out what that is. So you know, both the personnel department, like Ryan Pace as the general manager, myself as the head coach and coaching staff, we came together collectively and we said, hey, when you go through free agency and look at everyone who’s available. It was really a consensus for us to bring Andy here and move on with him as the starting quarterback. “