(670 The Score) ESPN analyst Brian Griese made an eye-opening and damning comment about the Bears' offense in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 24-10 win on Monday Night Football, but it turned out to be a misunderstanding.
Relaying a takeaway he had in a conversation with Bears quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday in apparent preparation for the telecast, Griese claimed that Foles told him that he sometimes knows he won’t have the time in the pocket to run coach Matt Nagy’s play calls. After the game, Foles clarified the comments, saying he'd seen the video clip from the broadcast and that he was offering an example to Griese of his in-game communications with Nagy.
“In that situation with Brian, it was just a miscommunication of words,” Foles said.
"I would never say anything like that. I could see how it would be taken that way."
Griese made his comments late in the fourth quarter on a night in which the Bears offense was a mess, posting only 279 yards of offense and managing three points. Safety Eddie Jackson scored the Bears' lone touchdown on a fumble return.
“We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday,” Griese said on the ESPN telecast. “And he said, ‘You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that play call. 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 they have to get worked out.”
Nagy was asked about Griese’s comment in his postgame media session and replied that Foles had never shared that sentiment with him.
“I don't know,” Nagy said. “Whenever you (reporters) talk to Nick, you'll have to see where he's at with that. Nick and I have a great relationship. He hasn't said anything. He'll probably explain what he meant about that.”
Foles and the Bears offense struggled all night against the Rams. He was 28-of-40 for 261 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bears are averaging 16 points per game in Foles' four starts.