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.