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Even Bears QB Nick Foles is apparently growing frustrated with Matt Nagy's play calling

Ryan Young
·3-min read

Even Nick Foles is apparently growing sick of Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy’s play calls.

Sometimes when play calls come in to him, the Bears quarterback told ESPN ahead of Chicago’s 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, he knows that it isn’t going to work.

Nick Foles slams Matt Nagy’s play calling

Foles apparently told ESPN’s Brian Griese before the Monday night matchup in Los Angeles that he often knows that he won’t have time to execute the plays that Nagy sends in to him during games.

“We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday,” Griese said. “He said, ‘You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that play call. You know, I’m the one out here getting hit. Sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn’t know how much time there is back here.’

“So that’s something that they have to get worked out.”

Foles went 28-of-40 for 261 passing yards and two interceptions in the loss. The Bears’ only touchdown of the night was a fumble recovery from safety Eddie Jackson.

While the Bears are 5-2, Nagy has struggled to improve their offense. There were even two plays that stand out and fit Foles’ point from Monday night — a fourth-and-1 pitch to Cordarrelle Patterson and a sack on fourth-and-4 when Foles didn’t have time to let the play develop.

Though this is a second-hand comment — it came from Griese, not directly from Foles — it’s extremely telling. If a starting quarterback doesn’t have faith in his head coach’s play-calling ability, the offense almost certainly needs a lot of work.

Foles, Nagy walk back comments

Nagy was asked about Griese’s comments after the game, and seemed confused as to where they came from.

“Nick and I have a pretty good relationship, and he hasn’t said that [to me],” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun Times. “I’m sure he’ll explain what he meant by that.”

Foles said after the game that it was a “miscommunication” with Griese, and that he was instead trying to explain conversations he and Nagy have on the sideline together.

“That was definitely a miscommunication with Brian and I,” Foles said, via the Sun Times. “We do these pregame conversations the day before the game, and that conversation ... Coach Nagy and I have great conversations on the sidelines.

“With Brian, it was a miscommunication of words. That’s not what I was trying to bring across in that conversation.”

Either way, Nagy and Foles have some work to do to get the Bears offense back on track.

Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears
Both Nick Foles and Matt Nagy walked back allegations that Foles wasn't happy with Nagy's play calling after the game. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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