Bears OC Bill Lazor will now call plays

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy will no longer call plays. He has given the duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

Lazor will call plays for the first-time this season on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery carries the football against the New Orleans Saints
David Montgomery carries the football against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by the Chicago Bears/Instagram)

“It’s just kind of where we’re at,” Nagy said on a video call after Friday’s practice. “You get a feel and you understand, ‘OK, this is where our offense is at right now,’ and we’ve been struggling and for different reasons. I don’t think it’s one particular reason, but if there’s something that can help spark us, or sometimes it’s just a change up.

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“It’s like bringing in, for instance, a different-style pitcher. You have one pitcher that throws one way, now you have another pitcher that throws another way. Sometimes change can be good in that regard, so again, none of it was for a particular reason other than we’ve just been struggling, and I feel like it’s the best thing for this team.”

Since Nagy was named Bears head coach, he had been the team’s play caller. However, now, after a three-game losing streak, he’s going to try something different.

Nagy is 25-16 as an NFL head coach. The Bears bring the 29th-best offense into the game with the Vikings with 19.8 points per game.

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The lackluster offense is 28th-best in the league with 338.6 total yards per game. The Bears rushing offense is worst in the league at 82.3 yards per game.

They are 19th in the league at 256.2 yards per game.

“Is it hard to do? Absolutely,” Nagy said. “I’d be lying to every one of you guys if I told you that this is easy. It’s not easy. It’s one of my favorite parts of coaching. I love calling plays. I love it. I love it.

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“Is it permanent, like you were asking me before? No, it’s not permanent. But guess what? If this is what’s best for the team, then that’s what I’m gonna do. We need to do what’s best for us, not what’s best for Matt Nagy. That’s where I’m at. I’m excited about it, you know, looking forward to it.”

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