Justin Fields didn’t get it right and said it directly, but it’s becoming clearer by the day how much he hated playing for Matt Nagy. He told Bleacher Report how frustrating he was not to know what role on the team was supposed to be last season and whether or not he was the captain. Then there was a lack of control over the offense, and he wasn’t able to run the show because he felt he needed to. Fields didn’t have a problem with Nagy, but Coach Nagy was different story.
This was made clear again in another interview, this time with Fox News Digital. The first question he was asked seemed like a simple question. What was he most looking forward to in his second season in Chicago? It was impossible to ignore that his immediate answer was the new technical staff. He’s a big fan of what Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy have planned and how it differs the culture It has become since Nagy’s departure.
“Of course, there’s a new coaching staff,” Fields said when asked what he was looking forward to his sophomore season.
“We’re just trying to bring back the culture or get the culture in the building. I don’t think our culture was the best last year. So, working with new employees just buys everyone.
“We have a lot of new people. Just creating an organization for years to come. That really is the most exciting thing about it. It has been amazing working with the new coaches (and) working with my new teammates.”
Justin Fields has every right to be upset.
Nagy claimed he had a plan for him when he arrived in the first round last spring. In fact, that plan was seriously flawed. It boiled over to have the Novice sit throughout 2021 while Andy Dalton kept the seat warm. The former coach was so confident in this idea that he didn’t even bother giving Fields any first-team offensive reps in training camp. There was no point. Outside of some creative plays, he won’t see much movement.
Things started to fall apart when Dalton suffered a knee injury in his second week against Cincinnati. It immediately became clear that Nagy was not prepared for this possibility. That’s why the crime didn’t make any noticeable changes to the chart the following week in Cleveland. As a result, Justin Fields suffered one of the worst blows of his life. That was the first time people realized that Nagy didn’t have the foresight or flexibility to manage an NFL offensive.
Fields ended up being sacked 36 times in 12 games and failed to finish the season due to injuries. Few people were perhaps more relieved than when the manager was fired.
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