Post by JABF on Oct 7, 2021 7:52:54 GMT -6
Exactly at no time did the Bears think a talent like Fields would drop to them. He did, they made their move. And they adjusted accordingly.
If Dalton had stayed healthy and played well the plan was obvious, let Fields sit and learn like Mahomes did behind a guy that could run the O the way Nagy wanted; that didn't happen and the Lazor was able to adopt the same system Mitch looked good in to make Fields look very good. You can move from there forward. Biggest thing was Nagy not being allowed to force Fields into that shit ass O he likes to run.
And w/Lazor calling the plays Nagy can actually pay attention to what is going on in the game. He said earlier this week that he saw the Allen Robinson catch and knew that he was in, but they did a hurry to the line to get a play off to try and force Det to call a challenge; and it worked. Nagy as a HC is a solid option; him as a playcaller is a shitshow. This will help Nagy and Fields become better quicker.
That is a GREAT assessment, IMHO. We fans tend (me included) tend to over-simplify situations that are more complex than what we want to admit. This whole QB thing had a lot of moving parts. It is not an exact science here. And I have to admit that it resonated with me that Nagy did not want to just "crown" Fields the starter, but rather wanted him to earn the job - and have at least a baseline of knowledge before letting him take the reigns of this offense. Doesn't mean Fields has suddenly "arrived" as a solid QB, but rather he has SOME knowledge base to build upon as the season progresses. Situations change, stuff happens and I actually like that Nagy (for whatever reason) has handed off the OC duties.
I'm quick to criticize Nagy. But in this case I like what he is doing. The past is just past history now and we can't change it. I am more about looking forward to see how the season plays out. It could be surprisingly better than what I first thought. But I am not gauging success this year with wins/losses alone. Sure, wins are important. But the MORE important thing to me is that the team and Fields grow and mature this season. Then in 2022 we should be set to take another step forward with Fields and the offense. I feel so much better now that Lazor is the OC calling plays, and Fields is in place now... I was not looking forward to flip-flopping QBs. The Dalton injury forced things, but in hindsight maybe it all turned out for the good. Even that bad loss to the Browns, in hindsight, was a good thing I think - if that was the final straw that got Nagy away from OC stuff to concentrate on HC stuff. Win/win.