June has arrived, and with it, the end of any illusion that the offseason is still at its peak. Some moves can still be made here and there, but the rushes are done. This is especially true on the coaching side. All the hiring that was going to take place has already taken place. The Chicago Bears have finished revamping their new staff, and something has stuck. No one blames them for their changes on the attacking side.
Why? Namely, because the NFL doesn’t seem to be in a rush to pick up the guys it sent packing. In 2020, Matt Nagy took the unusual step of overhauling his attacking staff. Four members were fired or allowed to leave and replaced with new faces. It didn’t work as expected. Nagy’s attack remained one of the worst in the league (26th and 24th) for the next two years. On the contrary, he hit rock bottom in 2021. While Justin Fields received tons of criticism for not performing better, many others blamed the staff for not doing a better job helping him.
Looking back now, they were right. The Chicago Bears missed it.
Thanks to Aaron Leming from Bear Report for spotting this. Several members of this group have struggled to find decent work. Nagy himself only got a quarterbacks coaching job with his former team in Kansas City. As for the people he considered essential to Fields’ development, let’s just say it doesn’t look pretty.
- Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor – Unemployed
- QB Coach John DeFilippo – Unemployed
- RB Coach Michael Pitre – Falcons RB Coach
- WR Coach Mike Furrey – Limestone Head Coach
- Your coaches Clancy Barone – Unemployed
- OL Coach Juan Castillo – Commanders TEs Coach
This list doesn’t even include Nagy’s original offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich, who still doesn’t have a football job despite being fired in 2020. The reality is, his 2018 Chicago Bears sales pitch had to to be one for the ages because it’s impossible to understand how anyone could have put together an offensive structure worse than that. This is once again proof that prior experience is not always synonymous with quality.
Matt Eberflus took a different approach. He opted for people with strong backgrounds and experience in the specific style of system he wanted. That way everything had a chance to fall into place faster for the players, including his young quarterback. Time will tell if he’s right, but at least he has something Nagy didn’t have. An identity.
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