Matt Nagy to give up Bears' play-calling duties

Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will take over as the team's play-caller.
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(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy has given up play-calling duties on offense and is letting coordinator Bill Lazor take over that role.

Nagy revealed the decision Friday afternoon after the Bears completed their second practice of the week ahead of their matchup against the Vikings on Monday night. The Bears' offense ranks 29th in scoring and yards entering Week 10 action, and the team is riding a three-game losing streak.

"I'd be lying if I said this was easy," Nagy said. "It's not easy. It's one of my favorite parts of coaching. I love calling plays. I love it.

"We need to do what's best for us, not what's best for Matt Nagy."

Nagy has been the Bears' lead play-caller on offense since he became head coach in 2018. Chicago's offense has regressed since Nagy's first season leading the team, as it finished 29th in scoring in 2019 before the struggles continued this season.

Lazor was hired as the Bears' offensive coordinator in January. He previously filled that role with the Dolphins (2014-'15) and Bengals (2017-'18). Speaking to reporters Friday morning before Nagy made the decision public, Lazor declined to discuss the possibility of calling plays. Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and passing game coordinator Dave Ragone were also viable options to call plays, Nagy said.

Nagy hopes that relinquishing the play-calling role will allow him to better oversee all three of the Bears' phases throughout the week and during games.

"I do believe one of my strengths as a head coach is in the leadership role," Nagy said. "This will give me an opportunity to step back and see things from a different position."

Nagy previously indicated he wouldn't make it known publicly whether he gave up play-calling. That was done in part to create an aspect of gamesmanship ahead of a key divisional game against the Vikings.

While Nagy said the decision may not be permanent, he'll let Lazor bring something different to the Bears' scuffling offense.

"This is Bill's opportunity to do what he wants to do and call what he wants to call," Nagy said.

"We've just been struggling, and I feel like this was best for the team."

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