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Friday, December 3, 2021

Column: “Now I’m sick.” Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy comes under fire after yet another late collapse and his fifth loss in a row.

At the end of a harsh Sunday afternoon, just after his fifth consecutive loss, when the weary city echoed into the evening, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy stood in the pulpit inside Soldier Field, stumbling through the résumé.

Nagy needed to find a way to describe his team’s unpleasant 16-13 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, an incredible defeat characterized by confusion, chaos and collapse. Nagy had to answer for everything that went wrong, as the Bears – on the cusp of an easy victory – again found a way to slip on a banana peel, fall into a pit of quicksand, and get stuck right under a cloud of falling anvil.

Honestly, that’s how cartoonish it got. There are new and surreal twists and turns in the same old painful story. The once proud football franchise remains volatile and seemingly pointless.

“(It sits with me) just like everyone else,” Nagy said. “You need to finish.”

Even after the winning moment – Andy Dalton’s passing for a 49-yard touchdown to Marquis Goodwin in fourth and 11th with 1 minute 41 seconds left – the Bears lost a 13-9 lead in just five games with Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley leading. 72-yard, game-winning touchdown drive.

Yeah, Tyler Huntley. Undrafted quarterback in his second year, replacing MVP nominee Lamar Jackson (illness) and entering the NFL for the first time. Huntley arranged for Devonta Freeman’s 3-yard run with a full touchdown, completing Sammy Watkins’ 29 yards in third and 12th place against a fully blown pavement.

“It can’t be,” said Nagy.

But it happened. Because, of course, it was.

Teams that have lost 40+ days in a row are finding ways to constantly interfere with it.

Midfielder Alec Ogletree said, “Most games get lost because they aren’t detailed and don’t get the job done.”

Robert Quinn added, “It’s nauseous now.”

In the pockets around Soldier Field, the chant for Nagy’s departure in the fourth quarter was louder than ever.

“Fi-re Nag-y! Fi-re Nag-y! Fi-re Nag-y! “

And this is the chorus we can print. When asked how he can maintain his inner faith when his support rating falls and external discontent grows, Nagy promised to make a decision.

“You keep fighting,” he said. “You continue to believe in each other and make everything very simple. You will never stop fighting. That’s all you can do. ”

The struggle, of course, continues to this day. At the moment, the Bears need a lot more.

Falling apart

Make no mistake: it was a four-phase loss. Offense, defense, special teams and training. Great helmet of football mediocrity.

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The same offense that left Pittsburgh two weeks ago feeling his productivity had picked up in the second half following the Steelers’ defeat meant a breakthrough made just 126 yards and six first falls in the first half-score. This was the 21st time in 43 games in the past three seasons that Nagy’s attack failed to score before half-time. Ouch.

We will have more information on protection soon. But after six sacks, a key interception in the fourth quarter and the Ravens held back to three field goals in their first 10 possessions, the Bears allowed a decisive 72-yard touchdown in the last two minutes. Tyler Huntley. Wow.

“I thought we were sticking to our game plan and executed it well,” said Ogletree. “Until the very end”.

Cairo Santos shot 40 yards from the left in the first quarter. It was a costly blunder that ended the hard discovery. In the fourth quarter, the Bears punt team was full of holes in the front to allow Ravens receiver James Proche II to partially block the punt, giving up the Ravens’ possession on the Bears 45-yard line to kick off a key field shot.

And what about training? My God, where do we even start?

What the team looks like ending a farewell week this is apartment again?

How did offense fail to find a rhythm in the five shots rookie Justin Fields played before hitting his ribs in the second half?

Why is there always such unforgivable negligence as a defensive violation against defense in the third quarter or a fourth and six false start on Jason Peters’ left tackle just before Dalton scored a touchdown pass?

Even with injury issues of their own, like the Bears failing to take advantage of a home match against the Ravens sans Jackson, Marquise Brown’s main successor, running defenders J.C. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, corner-backs Marcus Peters, Anthony Averett and Jimmy Smith , defender DeShawn Elliot and defender Derek Wolfe?

Plus, when your coach is asked at a post-match press conference to explain the dizzying use of all three of his timeouts in the second half, it’s never a good sign. But here we are.

Untimely malfunction

Nagy used his first timeout early in the fourth quarter during a chaotic sequence just after the Bears attempted a third and one deep hit to Darnell Mooney. When Mooney failed to secure the ball within the playing court, the Bears’ decision involved more misunderstandings and confusion than even the wackiest episode of Company of Three.

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Chaos turned on – what else? – Premature malfunction of Nagy’s headset when he tried to enter data.

“I thought I was talking to guys,” he said, “but I am not.”

Nagy answered three questions and used 292 words after the game to try and explain the episode. The Cliff’s Notes version? Something like a headset failure prevented Nagy from participating in the conversation, so he decided to play a game of field position. But when the headset came back, he changed his mind and wanted to stay aggressive and go for it.

Alas, after all this and coming out of the timeout, the run of David Montgomery from the wildcat group in the fourth and first was stopped in vain.

“This is a performance that we had (finished) all week,” Nagy said. “This is not a new game or anything else that we have come up with. If you succeed, then everything will be fine. If you don’t understand, then it’s bad. ”

The Bears’ final timeout came after Goodwin’s touchdown put them four ahead with 1:41 left. Third grade math and all NFL analysis charts known to man assume that attempting a 2-point conversion is the only logical option. However, the Bears sent their strike squad into the field and then had to use the timeout to bring back the attack. Then they still didn’t apply.

When asked directly why he ever sent a shock unit in such a situation, Nagy replied: “This is part of the process:“ Are you going up five (points) or six? “This is the communication part.”

Right. Obviously. And, of course, Nagy realizes that at this stage of the game there is no benefit in going forward five. He should, right? However, the fact that the Bears weren’t prepared for even the simplest late game situations speaks volumes. About everything.

‘It sounds comical’

The Bears commit one of the worst offenses in the league, averaging just 287.9 ​​yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. Their defense, although more respectable, has produced decisive results at the end of the fourth quarter of the last three games, turning potential victories into depressing defeats.

And from a coach’s perspective, there’s so little evidence that this staff, led by Nagy, is on the right track to find solutions that will allow this team to enter the championship again.

In the coming days, perhaps Halas Hall will provide a better explanation for what went wrong with the game-changing Watkins, catching from 29 yards to 3-yard line with 25 seconds remaining. At third and 12th, with a four-point lead and a blitz call, the only thing the Bears couldn’t afford was giving up the big game.

However, as Huntley scrambled to the right, Watkins crept along the right sideline all alone, uncovered from the click and with Deon Bush safe, too far to close the distance.

“It was wide open,” Huntley said. “I was happy to see him.”

Added Ogletree: “During a crisis, you have to be on top. We didn’t go there and didn’t finish the job today. ”

Unsurprisingly, so many Bears players seemed so hurt right after this last discouraging loss.

Quinn seemed really annoyed at the way the Bears let the game slip away. He shook his head in disbelief, describing the defensive mindsets and dialogues on the pitch heading towards the final race.

“It sounds comical now,” Quinn said. “It was so that the guys did one-eleventh, so as not to score. And good? They scored. ”

Goodwin admitted that he felt dizzy with the events of the day and needed time to better understand what it all means.

“It’s like when your girlfriend breaks up with you,” he said. “You are having a good time and she just kicks you out of nowhere. If you know what I mean? You just need to bounce back. This is the best way to explain it. ”

As expected, the Bears pulled out all the handy talking points about how to quickly turn the page, look in the mirror, and prepare for the next game with the right mindset. But with the score 3-7 and no win, from October 10, the hopelessness intensifies.

Next on the schedule will be the losing Detroit Lions. In a few days, the Bears will fly to Detroit for a Thanksgiving meeting with the division’s punching bag. But that’s not necessarily good. It’s not that this command is not working properly. Not considering how fragmented and dejected he seems.

What if, in a short week with dwindling emotional reserves, the Bears lose one more setback and lose to the Lions under Nagy’s supervision?

It can’t be, right?

But if this happens, what will be the consequences?

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