Justin Fields didn’t say it outright, but it’s becoming more apparent day by day how much he hated playing for Matt Nagy. He told Bleacher Report how frustrating it was not knowing what his role was in the team last season and whether he was the leader or not. Then there was the lack of control he had on offense, not being able to run the show the way he needed to. Fields had no problem with Nagy the person, but Nagy the coach was a different story.
This was once again evident in another interview, this time with Fox News Digital. The first question he was asked seemed simple. What did he expect most from his second season in Chicago? It was impossible to ignore that his immediate response was the new coaching staff. He’s a huge fan of what Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy have planned for him and how different the culture has become since Nagy left.
“Of course there’s a new coaching staff,” Fields said when asked what he’s looking forward to in his second season.
“We’re trying to sort of re-culture or integrate culture into the building. I don’t think our culture was the best culture last year. So, working with the new staff, everyone agrees.
“We welcomed a lot of new people. We are simply creating a foundation for years to come. That’s really the most exciting thing about it. It was great working with the new coaches (and) working with my new teammates.
Justin Fields has every right to be upset.
Nagy claimed to have a plan for him when he arrived as a 1st round pick last spring. In reality, this plan was dangerously flawed. It boiled down to sitting the rookie through all of 2021 while Andy Dalton kept the seat warm. The former coach was so sure of that idea that he didn’t bother giving Fields reps with the 1st team offense in training camp. It was useless. Outside of some creative package games, he wouldn’t see much action.
Things started to go downhill when Dalton suffered a knee injury in Week 2 against Cincinnati. It became apparent immediately that Nagy was unprepared for this eventuality. That’s why the offense brought no noticeable change to the regime the following week in Cleveland. As a result, Justin Fields suffered the worst beatings of his life. It was the first time people realized that Nagy didn’t have the foresight or the flexibility to lead an offense in the NFL.
Fields was sacked 36 times in 12 games and failed to finish the season due to injuries. Few people were probably more relieved than him when the head coach was fired.
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