Calls to Fire Matt Nagy as Bears Coach's Play Calling Blasted After Loss to Rams

The Chicago Bears are 5-2 for the season and half a game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North but as Matt Nagy found out on Monday night, not all is well on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Bears slumped to a dismal 24-10 road loss against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, in which Chicago failed to score in the first and third quarter and its only touchdown came via a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter when the Rams led by 21 points.

Their efforts in Los Angeles did little to dispel the feelings the Bears are flattered by their 5-2 record.

Only five teams average fewer than the Bears' 19.7 points per game and along with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago is the only team to have won at least five games despite a negative points differential.

Speaking to ESPN after the game, Nagy acknowledged his team had issues that had to be rectified.

"I'm not going to challenge any of our guys' effort, but something is obviously off," he said.

His assessment did not prevent Twitter from calling for Nagy to be fired or at the very least to give up his duties as offensive play caller.

An already difficult night was made even worse by the suggestion Bears quarterback Nick Foles has deliberately ignored some the plays called by Nagy this season, as he knows the Bears' frail offensive line won't give him enough time to execute the calls.

"We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday. And he said, 'Sometimes play calls come in, and I know that I don't have time to execute that play call,'" Monday Night Football color commentator Brian Griese said during the telecast.

"'And I'm the one out here getting hit, and 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."

Nagy, however, insisted there was no trouble brewing between him and Foles, whom the Bears traded for in the offseason to provide competition for Mitchell Trubisky.

"We've never had that conversation... I don't know," the Bears head coach, who is 25-14 in two and a half seasons in charge of the franchise, told NBC after the game.

"You'll have [to ask]... Nick and I have a pretty good relationship and he hasn't said that. I'm sure he'll explain what he meant by that."

Foles also sought to clarify his comments, suggesting Griese had misunderstood him.

"In that situation with Brian, it was just a miscommunication because that's not what I was trying to bring across in that conversation," he explained.

Chicago's offensive line offered little protection to Foles, who was repeatedly harassed by the Rams defense and endured a miserable night. The Bears quarterback was sacked four times and completed 28 of his 40 passes for 261 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bears went 3-0 with Trubisky to start the season, before Foles replaced the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft in the third quarter of Week 4 with Chicago down by 16 points against the Atlanta Falcons.

Foles passed for three touchdowns as the Bears pulled off a remarkable comeback win, but his spark looks to have been quickly extinguished. The MVP of Super Bowl LII has thrown three touchdowns and four interceptions in his four starts, with the Bears going 2-2 over the stretch.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team with a winning record the Bears have defeated this season and Chicago's schedule is about to get a whole lot harder, with games against the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers scheduled over the next four weeks.

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Matt Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears, congratulates his defense after stopping the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium on October 26 in Inglewood, California. The Bears lost 24-10 and dropped to 5-2 for the season. Kevork Djansezian/Getty