Bears' Nagy: 'We Need To Be Better In The Run Game'

The Bears averaged 3.7 yards per rush in 2019, which ranked 27th in the NFL.

McNeil & Parkins Show
May 18, 2020 - 12:20 pm
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(670 The Score) In two seasons under coach Matt Nagy, the Bears have struggled to establish a running game.

It has been a source of frustration and a deterrent for the offense, which averaged just 4.7 yards per play and 3.7 yards per rush in 2019. The Bears' yards-per-carry mark tied for 27th in the NFL. Nagy knows the running game needs to be better and is confident in the work being put forth this offseason.

"When you look at the last couple years with where we've been, we reflect and we understand that we need to be better in the run game," Nagy said on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Friday. "When your run game isn't quite as good as you want it to be, at that time, it's hard to call runs. At the same time, we need to do whatever's best for our team. We need to adjust and adapt as coaches to who our players are.

"Now that we've had a couple years as a staff to see figure out players' strengths are and what their weaknesses are, now we are able to work together with them and put together a product on the field that we think is a lot better. If that means running the ball a lot more, shoot, we are going to do it.

"Whatever we need to do, we'll do it."

The Bears made a number of changes this offseason that they believe will help improve their running game. Bill Lazor was hired as offensive coordinator, and Juan Castillo was brought in as the new offensive line coach. The team also added Germain Ifedi to fill a void at right guard.

What the Bears didn't change was the running back position, which will continue to be led by David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Nagy is hopeful the new additions around the running back position can help get the ground game get going.

"We feel like we're in a good place right now to be able to move forward and feel very multiple in what we do," Nagy said. "Trust me, all of our players, all of our coaches are doing everything we can to know that we need to be a lot better than where we were last year offensively.

"There's no finger pointing. It's all about solutions. It's about working together. It's moving on."