Bears quarterback Nick Foles reportedly isn’t happy with the offensive play calls from coach Matt Nagy because — as “Monday Night Football” color commentator Brian Griese suggested — he knows he won’t have time to execute the call.
Late during the “MNF” telecast of the Bears-Rams game, Griese nonchalantly relayed a Sunday conversation he said he had with Foles in which the current Chicago quarterback was critical of his coach’s calls.
Brian Griese on Nick Foles telling him Nagy sends in play call and Foles already knows the play won’t work because he won’t have enough time after snap. pic.twitter.com/NRo7rntR8F
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“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,'” Griese said. “‘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.”
If Foles was displeased with Nagy’s calls before Monday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams, his opinion couldn’t have improved much after: He was harrassed all night long by the LA defense, getting sacked four times and taking eight quarterback hits. That showed up on his statline in the form of a 28-of-40 passing night for 261 yards and two interceptions.
When presented with Griese’s comments after the game, Nagy said he hasn’t had any discussion with Foles that suggested the quarterback was unhappy with his play calls.
Matt Nagy’s response: “We’ve never had that conversation… I don’t know. You’ll have [ask Foles]… 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.”
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For what it’s worth, ESPN stats show Foles’ eight sacks (after Monday’s game) would rank him tied-for-24th in the league. Carson Wentz and Joe Burrow are tied for first with 28 sacks. Either way, if Foles doesn’t think Nagy’s play calls will work, he’d probably be better off telling him that than venting his frustrations to Griese.