Philadelphia Eagles: One Bears expert reveals their most glaring weaknesses
ITI: What are the feelings both nationally and in Chi Town about Matt Nagy? Was he the right hire or did he just have a great season?
Nagy has far exceeded expectations. He had a pretty good reputation coming in, but the way he’s changed the culture and turned this team around is pretty incredible. I mean, he has the most wins by a rookie head coach in franchise history, eclipsing Papa Bear Halas himself!
I definitely think Nagy was the right hire, but he’s still learning on the job. Both Nagy and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson share a lot of similar traits, so it will be interesting to see how the chess match between the two plays out on Sunday.
ITI: What’s this team’s biggest strength on both sides of the ball? What’s their biggest weakness on both sides of the ball?
For the Bears offense, I’ll say their biggest strength is Trubisky’s ability to extend plays and scramble. Their biggest weakness on offense is what happens when they are trailing and have to march it down to come back. Trubisky tries to force things from time to time, and he can be coaxed into making a few errant throws.
On defense, their biggest strength is by far the pass rush and front-seven. If Foles can get the ball out quickly to diffuse the pass rush, it can create problems for the Bears. If there’s a weakness on defense, it could be the nickel corner spot where Bryce Callahan is out with a broken foot, so special teams ace Sherrick McManis has drawn the assignment of covering guys in the slot.