Bears coach Matt Nagy announced at a press conference on Friday that he would hand over the offensive call-up duties to OC Bill Lazore in Monday night’s match against the Vikings.
After losing three in a row, the Bears are in a tailspin after starting the season at 5–1. Their offensive play played a major role in this meltdown, and they still saw struggles on this side of the ball before their streak of defeats.
Chicago is among the worst offensive units in the league, placing the last five in total yards per game, interceptions thrown and points per game, and they finally die in the rush arenas for each game. Although they faced numerous casualties to major shareholders and an enormous staff shortage, part of the blame for their suffering lay with Nagy, whose questionable decisions regarding personnel use, third-degree play calls, and time-out use lay.
Lazor has prior experience calling plays in NFL, doing so as attacking coordinator for both Dolphins and the Bengals. He was fired from both missions for two years at each party.
Although it is not known what differences will be made with Lazor in the attack, Nagy’s ability to acknowledge his flaws and assign play-call duties outside of his control is commendable. The Bears will seek to help the odds of their play-off match by winning at home on Monday against Minnesota, which has won two consecutive games.