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Does Nagy's coaching style cause negative Psychological results?
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Does matt Nagy inadvertently sabotage his own aims be trying to be too cute in his approach?

Does he in fact actually achieve the reverse of what he sets out to do?

Several things spring immediately to mind for me.

Coming in and taking over for Granny Fox was no easy task. Trying to convert a teams mentality, that was based on "Belts and Suspenders" mindset, into a positive energy "F*ck it, lets do this!"  mind set, was no easy task.

Day one, his mantra was, "Be You!" , "Just do you" ! He wanted players to express themselves, which is not a bad thing, but did it get too loose?

2018 he anointed Mitch as the starter, not because he thought he was ready, but because that was his target when he got hired. Come in and fix our Draft reach, please! He lucked out when Pace went out and landed Mack the Defense turned in a League leading performance. His Offense was very gimmicky and relied way too much on the defense scoring points. (Remind anyone of the Lovie era?). Season came down to a field goal and he relied on a shaky kicker who had shown issues all season long. In Mitch's defense he mounted a serious pro level drive to get the Bears into FG position. Too bad it ended in the Double-Doink!

2019 Off Season, Nagy made his players watch that Double-Doink hundreds of time. Over and over. What was he trying to get across? Unfinished business? How not to end a season? I will never understand his thought process there. This is where the damage began to happen. It made Mitch maybe feel it was his fault they ended the season like that? If he had only made better decisions or better throws, what if? I think doubt began to creep in everywhere.

Then he brings in a record number of kickers to compete. Something like 8 of them??? Augusta silence? Creating fake pressure by having everyone stop what they are doing and watch??? Not sure what this actually did to this team? Kicker "Competition" ended exactly as we all thought it would, with Eddie Pinerio "winning" the competition. (I mean c'mon, Bears gave up value to get him) We all knew he was going to "win".

Then we get to TC and more fake Kicker drama and then the decision to not play starters at all in the 4 Pre-season games, because they had mastered the playbook. Bears came out on opening day in prime time to play the hated Packers and were flat, not cohesive, showing signs of being ill-prepared. Mitch fell on his face and showed he still had not grasped the play book. Nagy showed he still did not understand how to call plays efficiently. Still resorted to gadget plays when his gameplan was useless.

8-8 enough said.

2020 is the Pandemic season. No OTA's, cloud of a canceled season hanging over every ones head. Finally brought in Competition for Mitch and had an abbreviated competition for QB1. No Pre-Season again do to Covid-19.

This season could go well, the pieces are there, but has Nagy damaged this teams id? He even admits the Offense has no identity! Year 3 and they do not know who or what they are.......wow.

My thinking is, Nagy has created this issue all by himself. He has not been the Young Offensive Mind, he was touted to be. I think he is an OC posing as a HC. His little mind games he plays are more harmful than good to this team.

This is all just my opinion made from observations from afar.

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Mitch Trubisky Makes a Surprising Admission About 2019

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Erik Lambert

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Sep 9, 2020

Where did it go wrong with Mitch Trubisky in 2019? Everything seemed set up for him to have a big year. He finished the previous season on a high note. He’d thrown for over 300 yards against Philadelphia in the wild card round. The first Chicago Bears QB ever to do so. He drove the team into a position to win the game before Cody Parkey ruined it.

If anything few came out looking better in that game than Trubisky. Yet everything seemed to go wrong last season. It was bad fundamentals, it was bad decision-making, it was a sudden passive nature, and it was an injury. Yet what stood out most of all to a lot of people was how lost the 25-year old seemed to be. He was playing with the swagger he’d displayed the year before.

Had he lost his confidence?

Well, that seems to be the case. How do we know for sure? Trubisky himself basically admitted to it during his recent press conference, explaining why he was able to hold off Nick Foles and improve as much as he has.

“I think I just found my confidence this offseason when I figured out it was going to be a competition. I mean, something had to change from last year to this year. I think it was getting healthy, how I trained this offseason, how I approached it mentally, just talking to my support cast and family and friends and reaching out for advice.

I just found my confidence again. You have to believe in yourself for your teammates and other people to believe in you. So I just came in here with a different attitude and mindset and how I’m going to approach this season. There’s going to be no regrets. I’m not even worried about outcomes. I’m just worried about putting my best foot forward and staying in that mindset to allow you to play really good football.”

Mitch Trubisky is honest if nothing else

It’s not like this is a huge revelation. Anybody who watched Trubisky last season could plainly see he’d lost confidence. For him to openly admit it though is certainly a surprise. Where did it all go wrong? Some think it was his up-and-down training camp. A month that featured a lot of interceptions. However, most would probably agree it was opening night against Green Bay.

Facing a team the Bears had beaten for the division just a few months before, the offense came out shockingly flat with just three points all night. Trubisky managed just 228 yards and an interception despite throwing the ball 48 times. It was an ugly night and set the tone for the rest of the season. He never seemed to recover from it.

Part of why the Bears traded for Foles and declined his 5th year option was out of hope they would snap him out of his funk. By the sound of things, the tactic was a success. Whether it yields productive results in actual games? We shall see.

*****

Why did he lose his confidense in the first place? I think my OP shows why very clearly.

Charles Leno, Jr. and Cody Whitehair are SOLID!

2021 is the year the Bears put it all together! (2020 is a scrub)

Go Bears!

 

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I am not a big fan of Nagy calling plays. If he wants to call plays, he should be the offensive coordinator not the coach. His focus during games should be on the overall team not which play to call next. I noticed he never took any blame for the lack of offense last year. He just got rid of offensive coaches and hired new ones. Another thing I do not like it when he pulls the trick plays with the offensive lineman. It appears to be an in your face gesture to the other team. This behavior can come back and haunt you.

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Sluggobear wrote:

I am not a big fan of Nagy calling plays. If he wants to call plays, he should be the offensive coordinator not the coach. His focus during games should be on the overall team not which play to call next. I noticed he never took any blame for the lack of offense last year. He just got rid of offensive coaches and hired new ones. Another thing I do not like it when he pulls the trick plays with the offensive lineman. It appears to be an in your face gesture to the other team. This behavior can come back and haunt you.

So far I am torn on Nagy. I think he is a good HC, could even become a better one. As far as true HC team leader view. I like his innovation, I like his personality. But so far his game day decisions are not impressive. I hope he is able to either learn and improve, or show true personal reflection and accept he needs to turn over game day play calling to an OC.

The good thing, if Nagy does become good on game day, we can stop worrying about an OC turnstile at Halas Hall. I still want to see a long term stable staff like NE has enjoyed. That's the only way to have a true year in, year out competitive team is to have coaching stability. I think that's even more important than player stability. 

So I am rooting for Nagy, but fear I will have to accept Shadow is right.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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