Emma: Nick Foles-Matt Nagy bond intact, but what Brian Griese said about Bears wasn't wrong

Griese's comments on Monday Night Football underscored the Bears' problems.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) Just last week, before the Bears were embarrassed and exposed on the national stage, coach Matt Nagy offered a look into why he admires quarterback Nick Foles.

"He's not scripted," Nagy said. "He doesn’t prepare a plan or scripts. He’s an off-the-hip (or) cuff kind of guy.

"When he feels passionate about something, he is going to go right into it."

That seems to be what happened with Foles in an ESPN production meeting Sunday, when he met with analyst Brian Griese. Late in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 24-10 loss to the Rams on the national broadcast of Monday Night Football a day later, Griese passed along something from his conversation with Foles.

“He said, ‘You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that play call,'" Griese said, relaying from his meeting with Foles. "'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.”

Foles was shown a clip of Griese's comments after the game and before he addressed it with reporters in a postgame Zoom call. Foles called it a "miscommunication" and then visited the coaches' office in SoFi Stadium to meet with Nagy, who had learned of the comments in his own Zoom media session. On Wednesday, Foles further expanded on the topic.

"Even though that wasn't true what Brian said, it was important for coach Nagy and I to speak about what was said for our relationship," Foles said. "If you keep something away from your wife, you don't ever talk about it, if you're married you know it turns into something that it shouldn't be. So, that wisdom right there made me realize, 'Hey, I'm going to go talk to coach Nagy,' I have a great relationship with him."

While the bond between Foles and Nagy is still intact, the Bears' offense remains broken. What Griese said about the Bears' offense Monday night was true -- whether it's what Foles intended to relay or not. Foles hasn't had the opportunity to succeed within this scheme and behind this offensive line.

Foles has been fed plays by Nagy that he sometimes has no chance to execute. The Rams registered pressure on nearly half of Foles' dropbacks Monday, according to Pro Football Focus. Ten of those pressures came from superstar defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who abused the Bears' struggling offensive line.

Foles was 28-of-40 for 261 yards and two interceptions, including a 24-of-27 mark on passes inside of 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. On throws beyond 10 yards from scrimmage, he was 4-of-13, including those two interceptions.

Constantly pressured by the Rams, Foles was unable to sort through the progressions designed by Nagy and often had to dump the ball off to the nearest target in order to avoid a sack. The plans Nagy had for Foles are too often being ruined as soon as the ball is snapped, and Monday was hardly a one-game sample of the Bears' offense.

Through parts of five games, Foles has had an average of just 2.5 seconds to throw, according to NFL Nex Gen Stats. That's the fourth-lowest mark for any quarterback in the NFL. Foles has also thrown into tight coverage -- characterized as a defender being within one yard of the intended target -- on 22.9% of his passes. That mark is second-highest among all quarterbacks, behind only Mitchell Trubisky (31.4%), whom Foles replaced as the Bears' starter.

The Bears' running game is at a standstill too. Running back David Montgomery is averaging 3.7 yards per carry for a second straight season, including just 1.2 yards before contact. With left guard James Daniels lost to a season-ending pectoral tear and center Cody Whitehair sidelined with a calf injury, the Bears are missing two starters on their offensive line.

If the Bears want an immediate upgrade to bolster their line, general manager Ryan Pace has until the trade deadline at 3 p.m. CT next Tuesday to make a deal.

Though Trubisky's good mobility might help alleviate the Bears' poor protection, Nagy is sticking with Foles and hoping they can work through this together.

What Griese took from that production meeting may not have been what Foles wanted to be said on a national broadcast, but he wasn't wrong.

Foles doesn't have a fair chance to make this offense function.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.