Matt Nagy has earned plenty of criticism for his unsuccessful tenure as Bears head coach. His biggest issue, aside from losing football games, was his inability to develop Mitchell Trubisky into the quarterback the team envisioned when they traded up to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick.
Trubisky was not the quarterback for Nagy, nor was Nagy the coach for Trubisky. We know that now more than ever with the recent reporting from Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain that highlighted the dysfunction between them.
“After the 2019 season concluded, Trubisky prepared to meet with Nagy,” wrote Jahns and Fishbain. “They needed to have a conversation. How were they going to make this work? The quarterback prepared notes for the meeting. Nagy, though, didn’t make it — ‘He no-showed him,’ a source said. Trubisky left his notes behind.”
According to Jahns and Fishbain, after the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Giants, Nagy laid into Trubisky “for being uncoachable” in front of the whole team. It’s not uncommon for coaches to publicly single out a player in film study.
“But the rebuke of Trubisky struck a different chord in the locker room,” wrote Jahns and Fishbain.
Unsurprising, after Nagy reportedly called Trubisky “uncoachable.”
Trubisky was benched one week later in favor of Nick Foles. However, he would see more time as the starter weeks later when Foles got injured. This time around, Trubisky played much better and that’s because offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was calling the plays now, not Nagy.
“Trubisky came equipped with plays he wanted to run,” wrote Jahns and Fishbain. “In the past, Trubisky’s concerns had been shrugged off — he had been wanting to get running back David Montgomery and Kmet more involved — but now the coaches listened.”
These days, Trubisky is headed to the postseason as the backup for the Bills while Matt Nagy was one of many head coaches who got fired.