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Big changes are coming on offense for the Chicago Bears as Matt Nagy has given up play-calling for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. At least for now.

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will call plays for the offense on Monday, which marks the first time that Nagy won’t be in charge of offensive play calling since taking over as head coach for the Bears in 2018.

Nagy giving up play calling has long been a discussion dating back to last season when the Bears offense continued to struggle. The decision to step back from play calling this week is because Nagy wants to observe the team as a whole.

“This will give me an opportunity to step back and see things from a different position,” Nagy said.

But the change isn’t permanent necessarily. Although, if it ends up working out best for this offense, then Nagy will let Lazor continue to call plays.

“”I’d be lying if I said this was easy,” Nagy said. “It’s not easy. It’s one of my favorite parts of coaching. I love calling plays. I love it. I love it. Is it permanent? No, it’s not permanent. But guess what, if this is best for the team, then that’s what I’m gonna do.”

https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2020/11/13/the-impossible-has-happened-matt-nagy-is-stepping-back-from-play-calling-for-now/

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I would love to have been a fly on the wall at Halas Hall this week to know how this decision came to be. I would not be surprised if Nagy was told he wasn't going to call the plays rather than arriving at the decision on his own. He covets play calling more than any other facet of being a head coach, so this could be an indication of just how tenuous his position is right now.

For Lazor, it's a big opportunity, but I understand he sucked as a play caller in the past. Also, no matter who calls the plays, the o-line still sucks.

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I'm with you Bill no matter who's calling plays this oline is still shit even with the starters in there other than Daniel's, Whitehair was starting to look like shit before he got hurt and the rest of the supposed starters wouldn't start on any other team unless that teams starters were hurt. So good luck to Lazor and I'm hoping for the best but with our oline I'm afraid we won't see much of a difference so here's to hoping I'm wrong

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Wow, Nagy will show us all. Wait until the team is in total meltdown then let someone else step into the hot mess and "prove" that Nagy calling plays was not the problem.

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Nagy chose Lazor as the play-caller over quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who has called plays for several franchises, most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. DeFilippo has also worked with Foles in Jacksonville and the Philadelphia Eagles, making the choice a little surprising. Lazor has served as offensive coordinator for three teams, but this is his first season with the Bears. He has prior work with Foles, back when the starting quarterback threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, when Lazor was the team's quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly. 

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So, is Lazor the better choice, or is he the least likely to show Nagy up?I have lost all hope that Nagy is not just an arrogant ass that will do anything to show everyone that he is not the problem.

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Calbrooks wrote:

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Nagy chose Lazor as the play-caller over quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who has called plays for several franchises, most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. DeFilippo has also worked with Foles in Jacksonville and the Philadelphia Eagles, making the choice a little surprising. Lazor has served as offensive coordinator for three teams, but this is his first season with the Bears. He has prior work with Foles, back when the starting quarterback threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, when Lazor was the team's quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly. 

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So, is Lazor the better choice, or is he the least likely to show Nagy up?I have lost all hope that Nagy is not just an arrogant ass that will do anything to show everyone that he is not the problem.

This crossed my mind. Nagy finds play calling the very best part of the game, so it's very hard to envision him giving it up permanently. For him, there is a definite upside if Lazor fails. It's hard to envision him standing on the sideline and hoping the offense lays 40 on the Queens. I can't help but believe this was not his decision. Very possible he subtly sabatoges it.

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I hope Lazor is allowed to call the plays and the sequence of plays. I am suprised he did not tap Dave Ragone the passing coordinator to call plays. Maybe he had a little push from the brass upstairs. This switch will provide information on whether it is the offensive scheme, the sequence of plays called, the talent on the offensive line. or all three. I  hope the change lasts for the remainder of the season. 

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So who's designed plays is Lazor calling? The plays Nagy personally designed? Lazor's? Or the cumulative effort of the entire offensive brain trust?

There was less than enough time to install new plays, if they're Lazor's.

I've got a hunch it's just a dummying down of the plays from those designed by the brain trust.

Hopefully the biggest improvement will be in the sequence and rhythm of the calls! I'm sick and tired of plays that have no hope of gaining a first down because it was never designed to get that kind of yardage. And screw this hocus pocus shit to try and fool the defense, let's play smash mouth football!

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I also wouldn't put it past Nagy to interfere and overrule the call Lazor makes. No doubt Nagy will be on the headset monitoring the calls Lazor send in to Foles. Let's see if the Bears get a bunch of delay of game penalties or are forced to use their time outs early. I don't think this move is voluntary, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Nagy's fingerprints end up all over the game plan and the play calling anyway.

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We will see how it goes. Hopefully Nagy really is an honorable man and will do his best to let/help Lazor succeed. In the end, his record as a HC is his legacy. One I would think he would not want to tarnish.

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Calbrooks wrote:

We will see how it goes. Hopefully Nagy really is an honorable man and will do his best to let/help Lazor succeed. In the end, his record as a HC is his legacy. One I would think he would not want to tarnish.

It won't be intentional. I bet deep down, he thinks he's a way better play caller than Lazor, so when Nagy overrules his calls, it will be with the belief his call is better than Lazor's. That's how I suspect it will go. If he completely shuts off the mic and let's Lazor do his thing, that would be great, but I don't think he'll be able to refrain from meddling.

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