Former head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan teed off on Coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears on the air Monday morning.
Monday Morning Quarterback
In what can only be described as the epitome of Monday morning quarterbacking, Ryan blasts Matt Nagy for benching Mitch Trubisky.
His logic is that Trubisky led the team to a 3-0 start prior to being benched for Nick Foles.
Ryan shares his thoughts on what Nick Foles does wrong, which is practically everything.
“This is Blake Bortles all over again. The kid can’t win a game. Nick Foles is a phenomenal backup quarterback. But I got news for you. He’s not a starting quarterback. And how many times do we gotta say it? Look — they can’t run the football, he can’t throw it. He can’t move.”
After he finished roasting Nick Foles, Ryan shifted his critique to Matt Nagy.
“Matt Nagy, you guys benched a guy that was 3-0 … Look, Matt Nagy was the Coach of the Year because of the way Mitchell Trubisky played … Don’t you understand? Apparently you don’t. There’s a difference between a starting quarterback in the league and a backup in the league, and you’re making a huge mistake by keeping this cat in there.”
Rex Ryan is entitled to his opinion, but he did omit a few details from his analysis.
1. 3-0 Record
Mitch Trubisky’s 3 wins this season were against much weaker teams.
Those teams are the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons.
A win is a win in the NFL, but the caliber of competition especially at the beginning of the season should be factored in.
2. Mitch Trubisky
While Ryan is blasting Nagy about benching Trubisky, he is currently injured.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 4, 2020
Even if Nagy wanted to make a QB switch, Trubisky is not currently available.
3. Nick Foles
Let’s not forget to restate the obvious.
Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP and Champion.
— Inside the NFL (@insidetheNFL) February 6, 2018
If it were not for Nick Foles coming off the bench when Carson Wentz got hurt, there is no way the Eagles would have won the Super Bowl.
Regarding Nick Foles tenure with the Bears, he has navigated the more difficult portion of the Bears schedule and scored a big win against Tampa Bay.
4. Rex Ryan vs. Matt Nagy
Yes, Rex Ryan has coached and comes from a NFL coaching family.
His dad was Buddy Ryan, the legendary defensive mind that worked for the Bears and Eagles among others.
Rex’s twin brother Rob has also worked with defenses around the NFL.
However, Rex Ryan’s record as a head coach is average at best.
It is 65-68 (including postseason games).
That’s below .500.
Matt Nagy has a shorter history, but his record is 25-16.
In the NFL, winning has a tendency to solve all problems.
If the Bears can get on track and begin winning, all the naysayers will quiet down.