Final week on this area, we wrote Matt Nagy’s dedication to the run sport was “fine,” which at the time was accurate, and that the answer for the Bears’ woes on the bottom was to not blindly run the ball extra.
Then Nagy known as 54 passing performs and solely seven working performs in a blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He regarded skittish to name runs after the primary play of the sport, on which the Bears missed a block and Tarik Cohen was tackled after gaining only one yard.
The answer this Bears offense wanted was to not name the fewest working performs in franchise historical past.
“I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot,” Nagy mentioned Monday. “I realize that. Seven rushes and the minimum amount of times, I totally understand that. You need to do it.”
Nagy mentioned that lopsided run-pass stability was partly the product of desirous to move to open up the run — however the Bears weren’t successfully throwing the ball, with Mitch Trubisky averaging a comical 3.Four yards per try previous to some rubbish time empty energy. Nagy, too, mentioned the shortage of profitable run performs led him to name extra passes, which he thought would produce higher outcomes (once more: 3.Four yards per try).
The Bears’ run sport is formally in disaster. This was not alleged to occur in 2019, not as Nagy and Ryan Tempo labored in tandem to overtake their working again depth chart. Gone have been Jordan Howard and Taquan Mizzell and Benny Cunningham, in have been Mike Davis and David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson and Kerrith Whyte Jr.
This was alleged to be the personnel the Bears wanted to run the ball in tandem with continuity on the offensive line, save for flipping James Daniels to middle and Cody Whitehair to protect.
Nagy is aware of he must discover a answer. Right here’s one suggestion: Simply feed Montgomery the ball.
That is one thing Olin Kreutz introduced up on the Soccer Aftershow version of the Underneath Middle Podcast on Monday: Montgomery is at his finest when he’s working the ball on consecutive performs. The numbers again him up.
Of Montgomery’s 71 dashing makes an attempt this 12 months, 21 have come instantly after he ran the ball. We’ll eradicate 4 performs on the aim line, which accounted for less than three yards however two touchdowns.
On these 17 runs following a run not on the aim line, Montgomery is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. On the season, he’s averaging 3.Three yards per carry.
It’s a small pattern dimension, and nearly all of these performs have been within the fourth quarter of video games the Bears managed (wins over Minnesota and Washington). But when Montgomery is ready to have success on performs when the opposing protection is aware of a run is coming — as is the case in these four-minute drives — why can’t he have success on much less predictable downs?
It’s a query value exploring inside Halas Corridor this week. The Bears didn’t commerce as much as draft Montgomery simply to have him get two carries within the worst lack of Nagy’s tenure. He wants the ball extra, and he must make the most of these alternatives (and never fumble when he does get one).
It’s might not be in Nagy’s DNA to be a pound-the-rock coach, however that doesn’t excuse him for abandoning the run after just a few ineffective performs. Persistence is important, and that endurance wants to show into belief with Montgomery.
In spite of everything, it’s not like this offense is working with out feeding a man the Bears recognized as a super match on this offense six months in the past.
“With this run game, right, it’s about productive plays,” Nagy mentioned. “… Proper now we’re not having productive performs within the run sport any approach you have a look at it.
“… I want positive plays. I want plays — and part of the patience is that as well. There’s no doubt about it, there’s gotta be more patience. But every game is a little bit different based off the defense you’re seeing and then how your O-line is blocking and the schemes of the plays that are working or not working that game.”