A quarterback controversy is breaking out in Chicago but it involves only one player — starter Nick Foles.
During the “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the Bears, analyst Brian Griese opened a can of worms when he shared that Foles knows some of head coach Matt Nagy’s incoming play calls are destined for failure.
“We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday, and he said, ‘You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that play call. You know, 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,'” Griese said in the fourth quarter of the ESPN broadcast. “So that’s something that they have to get worked out.”
Nagy was asked after the game about the comment and appeared to be more than surprised.
“Nick and I have a pretty good relationship, and he hasn’t said anything,” Nagy said. “I’m sure he’ll explain what he meant by that.”
The Bears are 2-2 since Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky as the starting quarterback. Foles said after Monday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams that his comments to Griese were not a dig at Nagy and more of a “miscommunication” to Griese, who played quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL.
“That was definitely a miscommunication with Brian and I. We do these pregame conversations the day before the game just to give them information,” Foles said after the game. “Coach Nagy and I have great conversations on the sidelines. So, there might be times we go through it beforehand and say, ‘What do you think?’ And there’s times you got to get the ball out quick and whatnot. But, in those situations, Matt and I have a great relationship on the sideline with conversations and everything. I think in that situation with Brian it was a miscommunication of words. That’s not what I was trying to bring across in that conversation.
“When Coach Nagy and I talk on the sidelines, we’ll go through plays and different situations and go through the defense. I’ll be honest, like, ‘Hey, right now, maybe get the ball out quicker. They’re bringing some pressures and whatnot.’ … Part of that was, ‘Hey, maybe we don’t have the time right now for this type of drop because of what they’re bringing, the pressures they’re bringing.’ It’s easier with that to go, ‘Hey, 1, 2, 3 ball out.’
“That’s where the (Griese) miscommunication lies. Those are actually conversations Coach Nagy and I have on the sidelines so that when we go to the field we’re ready to roll. I think that’s a valuable relationship I have with him, to be able to talk like that and understand specifically for me to talk about each game is its own entity so you have to understand how to play it in the appropriate way.”
Foles, 31, has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,139 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He has been sacked eight times.